Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday (102)


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

This week, I am excited for Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles! First of all, this cover is gorgeous!  The description is super interesting, and I have an ARC waiting for me right now! The topic of police brutality is definitely a hot button issue at the moment, and I don't doubt that this will be an excellent addition to world.

Synopsis:

When Marvin Johnson's twin, Tyler, goes to a party, Marvin decides to tag along to keep an eye on his brother. But what starts as harmless fun turns into a shooting, followed by a police raid.

The next day, Tyler has gone missing, and it's up to Marvin to find him. But when Tyler is found dead, a video leaked online tells an even more chilling story: Tyler has been shot and killed by a police officer. Terrified as his mother unravels and mourning a brother who is now a hashtag, Marvin must learn what justice and freedom really mean.

Release: March 20, 2018

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Top Ten Romance Tropes


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and The Artsy Reader Girl. Over the last year or so, I have fallen in love with the romance genre. I've always loved having romance in the YA I read, but I now love historical romance as well.

1. Enemies to lovers - We all know that bickering is just a cover for lust. Examples: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas, Arcana Rising by Kresley Cole

2. Prince/Princess/Rebel from enemy kingdoms - They come to negotiate/fight, the end up falling in love. Examples: Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst, Ruined by Amy Tintera

3. Accidentally make out with the wrong person - Maybe they're aiming for their crush, who cares. They accidentally kiss the wrong person, and then the romance grows from there. Examples: Accidentally Compromising the Duke by Stacy Reid

4. New kid at school/in town/etc - They roll in to school like they own the place, and the main character's whole life changes. Examples: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin, Anomaly by Tonya Kuper

5. Stuck together at a house party/other long event - This is more for the historical romances genre. Week-long house parties are a common theme in historical romance, and a great way for two characters to fall in love! Examples: A Good Debutante's Guide to Ruin by Sophie Jordan

6. Meet in an odd way, then realize they'll see each other all the time - Maybe they meet at a party out of town, but they end up sharing things they don't mean to, maybe they even kiss, and then suddenly they find out they'll be spending a lot more time together. Examples: Say You'll Remember Me by Katie McGarry

7. Opposites attract - One likes to misbehave, the other is a rule-follower, together they balance each other out. Examples: The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia, Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

8. Enemy families - Maybe the characters have always gotten along, but their families hate each other. Somehow their love must prevail, and end the rivalry once and for all! Examples: Romeo and Juliet

9. Magical connection - Basically anything where both characters have magical/otherworldly abilities, and when they're together, sparks fly, literally. Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios, A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

10. Forbidden love - They love each other, but the world is trying to keep them apart. Maybe they're from different sides of the tracks, maybe they're two different species. Examples: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare, Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Friday, February 9, 2018

Blog Tour: Broken Beautiful Hearts by Kami Garcia


From the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, comes BROKEN BEAUTIFUL HEARTS—a red-hot romance that will break your heart and put it back together again! Don’t miss this stunning new title from Kami Garcia!

BROKEN BEAUTIFUL HEARTS releases on February 6, 2018. Pre-order your copy today!

Title: Broken Beautiful Heart
Author: Kami Garcia
Publisher: Imprint
Pages: 416
Review: 5 Stars

Synopsis:

From #1 New York Times–bestselling author Kami Garcia comes a red-hot romance that will break your heart and put it back together again.

Her heart has to break before it can open.

When star soccer player Peyton Rios receives an offer from her first-choice college, senior year starts off exactly as planned. But when Peyton uncovers her boyfriend’s dark secret, she confronts him—and finds herself falling down a flight of stairs. Peyton’s knee—and maybe her dream of going pro—is shattered. Everyone is talking: Was she pushed, or did she fall? Peyton knows the truth, even if no one believes her.

He has to let someone in before it’s too late.

With her future on the line, Peyton goes to stay with her uncle in a small Tennessee town to focus on her recovery. Dating is the last thing on her mind—until she meets sweet, sexy Owen Law.
But Peyton doesn’t trust her heart, especially when she senses that Owen is hiding something. When their secrets are finally exposed, Peyton has to decide if love is worth fighting for.

You Can Find it Here:
Preorder BROKEN BEAUTIFUL HEARTS here!
Goodreads

Review:

First Thoughts

I wasn't sure how up my alley Broken Beautiful Hearts would be initially, but I've loved Kami's other books, so I gave it a shot. I'm glad I did, because I really enjoyed it! I played soccer when I was younger, and I still love the sport, so I was really excited to learn that the main character played.

Characters

The main character is Peyton Rios, high school senior and star soccer player. I really liked and related to her as a character. Sometimes, I feel like I just want to yell at a character until they do the right thing. What made this great, is Peyton often took a solid course of action, but things would still go wrong. It's a sign of good storytelling when a character can do everything right and still get screwed over. If I knew Peyton in real life, I have a feeling we'd be friends and get along really well.

World Building

Most of the book takes place in two locations, Washington DC and Black Water, Tennessee. The descriptions of Black Water felt very realistic to a southern small town. DC on the other hand felt off. I lived there when I was younger, and have family who still lives there. The main thing is that the character can just drive anywhere she wants, no mention of traffic. Characters can't just drive anywhere they want in a decent amount of time. That said, the Black Water description felt pretty well done.

Hear it First:

Pre-Order a digital or print edition of BROKEN BEAUTIFUL HEARTS by #1 New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia and be the first to hear an exclusive announcement from Kami about her next book--a secret project her publisher is keeping under wraps!

Fans of Beautiful Creatures, Dangerous Creatures, and The Legion series won't want to miss this exciting news!

This is a limited time offer! So hurry! Registration ends on February 28, 2018! You must register your preorder to receive the exclusive announcement from Kami!
https://a.pgtb.me/J61sNg


Excerpt:

This is not how I envisioned celebrating my big news. I reach for my phone to check the time, wondering if it’s too early to head home. But it isn’t in my pocket. Nothing but lip balm, house keys, and Reed’s car keys. God forbid he carry anything except his phone. I pat down my coat. “I lost my phone.”

“It’s probably in the car, like the last three times you lost it. I need to run to the bathroom and then I’ll help you find it,” Tess says.

The line for the bathroom is six people deep. I can’t wait that long. “All my voice mails are on it.”

Tess knows that by all I really mean one—the last message from my dad. It’s the reason I’ve had the same phone for a year and a half, even though it barely holds a charge.

“I bet it’s in the car,” she says. “Don’t worry.”

“I’m just going to run out and check.” I leave through the back door.

Outside, a stone retaining wall snakes down the hill beside the house. The wall separates a paved footpath from the long driveway. My arm scrapes against the rock as I rush toward the steps at the end of the walk- way that lead down to the street.

Reed parked his car across from the steps, and I can’t get it unlocked fast enough. I search for my phone in the front seat and between the crevices of the center console.

Nothing.

Think. Retrace your steps.

When we got in Reed’s car I tossed my jacket in the back seat. My phone could’ve fallen out of the pocket. I lean between the front seats and grope around.

Come on. Please be here.

What if it’s not?

My chest tightens. I can’t lose Dad’s message.

Reed’s car is full of junk—hand wraps, sparring pads, sweaty T-shirts, and empty energy drinks. His smelly gym bag is open on the floor. I dig through it until my fingers hit something rectangular and smooth.

A box.

I take it out of the bag, expecting a cheap plastic box like one Reed uses as a first aid kit. But this box is glossy black cardboard, like a gift box.

Reed doesn’t do surprises, and he thinks presents are a waste of money. The only gift he has given me in the seven months we’ve been together was for my birthday. And Tess and Mrs. Michaels don’t have birthdays anytime soon.

My stomach bottoms out.

All the time he’s been spending at the gym . . . What if Reed hasn’t been there every night?

Things have been off between us for a while and I’m not a fan of his recent mood swings, but I’d never cheat on him. That doesn’t mean he wouldn’t.

The box doesn’t have a store name or logo printed on it, and it’s a weird size—too big for a bracelet and too deep for a necklace. A watch, maybe?

I open the lid.

Praise:

“Something wonderful happened to me as I read this—I fell in love. Genuine, shattering, deep, heart-pounding love. Thank you, Kami Garcia, for Peyton and Owen. We need their story." —Jennifer Niven, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places and Holding Up the Universe

Author Bio:

Kami Garcia is the #1 New York Times, USA Today & international bestselling coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures and Dangerous Creatures novels. BEAUTIFUL CREATURES has been published in 50 countries and translated in 39 languages, and the film Beautiful Creatures released in theaters in 2013, from Warner Brothers. Kami’s solo series, The Legion, includes the instant New York Times bestseller UNBREAKABLE, and the sequel UNMARKED, both of which were nominated for Bram Stoker Awards. Her other works include THE X-FILES ORIGINS: AGENT OF CHAOS and the YA contemporary novels THE LOVELY RECKLESS and the forthcoming BROKEN BEAUTIFUL HEARTS (February 2018).

Kami was a teacher for seventeen years before co-authoring her first novel on a dare from seven of her students. If she isn’t busy watching Supernatural, Kami can teach you how to escape from a pair of handcuffs or bake a Coca-Cola cake. She lives in Maryland with her family, and their dogs Spike and Oz (named after characters from Buffy the Vampire Slayer). Visit Kami at www.KamiGarcia.com

You Can Find Her At:
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Tour Schedule:

January 29th
Becky on Books – Review & Excerpt
Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt
JOJO THE BOOKAHOLIC – Review & Excerpt
Read. Eat. Love. – Review & Excerpt
The Book Maven – Review

January 30th
Angie and Jessica's Dreamy Reads – Review & Excerpt
Bibliobibuli YA – Excerpt
Kelly's Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf – Review & Excerpt
Moonlighting Scrivener – Review
Resch Reads and Reviews – Review

January 31st
Booknerd1107 – Review & Excerpt
Loves Great Reads Blog – Review & Excerpt
MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt
Reading Between the Wines Book Club – Excerpt
What Is That Book About – Excerpt
YA/NA Book Divas – Excerpt

February 1st
A Page to Turn – Review
Dazzled by Books – Review & Excerpt
Ellie Is Uhm ... A Bookworm – Review & Excerpt
Mundie Moms – Review & Excerpt
Read more sleep less – Review
Sassy Book Lovers – Review & Excerpt

February 2nd
Adventures in Writing – Excerpt
Bookishly Yours – Review & Excerpt
Novel Grounds – Review
Omg Books and More Books – Review & Excerpt
Recommended Reads – Review & Excerpt
TBR Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

February 3rd
Ali's Reviews and More – Review & Excerpt
Book Lit Love – Review & Excerpt
Ceres Books World – Review & Excerpt
Fictional Rendezvous Book Blog – Excerpt
Greyland Reviews – Excerpt
Liv's Wonderful Escape – Excerpt

February 4th
Author Groupies – Review
Book Lovers Hangout – Review & Excerpt
Crazii Bitches Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Reading Bliss – Review& Excerpt
The Lovely Books – Review & Excerpt

February 5th
A British Bookworm's Blog – Review
Bookcrack – Review
Lattes & Paperbacks – Review & Excerpt
Margie's Must Reads – Excerpt
Romancing the Laser Pistol – Review & Excerpt
Sweet Red Reads – Review & Excerpt
The Clockwork Bibliophile – Review & Excerpt

February 6th
Chapter by Chapter – Review & Excerpt
Once Upon a Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Rad Babes Read – Review & Excerpt
Reads and Thoughts – Review & Excerpt
Taylor Fenner’s Bookish World – Review & Excerpt
The Bookish Sisters – Review

February 7th
Beneath The Covers Blog – Excerpt
Cocktails and Books – Review & Excerpt
My Fangirl Chronicles – Review & Excerpt
Reese's Reviews – Review & Excerpt
The Heart of a Book Blogger – Review
Total Book Geek – Review & Excerpt

February 8th
Bookalicious Babes Blog – Review & Excerpt
Crazy Chaotic Book Babes – Review
In Between The Pages – Review & Excerpt
Lisa Loves Literature – Review & Excerpt
Mean Girls Luv Books – Review & Excerpt
Reading away the days – Review
The Bookish Introvert – Review

February 9th
Bookgasms Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Jax's Book Magic – Excerpt
Live Read and Breathe – Review & Excerpt
Milky Way of Books – Review
Movies, Shows, & Books – Review & Excerpt
Never without a book in hand – Review
The book slayer – Review
Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

February 10th
A Brit and a Yank – Excerpt
G & T's Indie Café – Excerpt
Miss Riki – Review & Excerpt
Vera is Reading – Excerpt
The Book Addict's Reviews – Review & Excerpt
The Wandering Bookaholic – Review


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday (101)


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

This week I am excited for The Radical Element edited by Jessica Spotswood. I love Jessica Spotswood, as well as many of the other authors in the anthology. I love reading about young women who stand out in their world. Stories like these really show that young don't have to be physically strong to be a strong female character.

Synopsis:

In an anthology of revolution and resistance, a sisterhood of YA writers shines a light on a century and a half of heroines on the margins and in the intersections.

To respect yourself, to love yourself—should not have to be a radical decision. And yet it remains as challenging for an American girl to make today as it was in 1927 on the steps of the Supreme Court. It's a decision that must be faced whether you're balancing on the tightrope of neurodivergence, finding your way as a second-generation immigrant, or facing down American racism even while loving America. And it's the only decision when you've weighed society's expectations and found them wanting. In The Radical Element, twelve of the most talented writers working in young adult literature today tell the stories of the girls of all colors and creeds standing up for themselves and their beliefs—whether that means secretly learning Hebrew in early Savannah, using the family magic to pass as white in 1920s Hollywood, or singing in a feminist punk band in 1980s Boston. And they're asking you to join them.

Release: March 13, 2018

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Book Blitz: Broken Beautiful Hearts by Kami Garcia


From the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, comes BROKEN BEAUTIFUL HEARTS—a red-hot romance that will break your heart and put it back together again! Don’t miss this stunning new title from Kami Garcia!

BROKEN BEAUTIFUL HEARTS is now available at all fine retailers. Order your copy today!

I am part of the blog tour, so check back here on Friday for my review!

Title: Broken Beautiful Heart
Author: Kami Garcia
Publisher: Imprint
Pages: 416

Synopsis:

From #1 New York Times–bestselling author Kami Garcia comes a red-hot romance that will break your heart and put it back together again.

Her heart has to break before it can open.

When star soccer player Peyton Rios receives an offer from her first-choice college, senior year starts off exactly as planned. But when Peyton uncovers her boyfriend’s dark secret, she confronts him—and finds herself falling down a flight of stairs. Peyton’s knee—and maybe her dream of going pro—is shattered. Everyone is talking: Was she pushed, or did she fall? Peyton knows the truth, even if no one believes her.

He has to let someone in before it’s too late.

With her future on the line, Peyton goes to stay with her uncle in a small Tennessee town to focus on her recovery. Dating is the last thing on her mind—until she meets sweet, sexy Owen Law.
But Peyton doesn’t trust her heart, especially when she senses that Owen is hiding something. When their secrets are finally exposed, Peyton has to decide if love is worth fighting for.

You Can Find it At:
Order BROKEN BEAUTIFUL HEARTS here!


Excerpt:

April narrows her eyes. “I’d be careful if I were you.”
“Or what? You’ll throw lip gloss at me?” I almost laugh. I’m done here.

Grace stifles a smile as I pass her on my way out, and I stop. This girl deserves a break. “By the way, your friend, and I use that term loosely”— I gesture at April—“didn’t dump Christian. He dumped her. She was whining about it before you walked in.”

“You bi—” April shouts at me as the door closes.

That was fun.

Sticking up for Grace cheered me up a little.

The stadium has emptied out for the most part, and the sight of the green field makes me feel like running. As a striker, it was my job to move the ball down the soccer field and score goals. The team relied on my speed.

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t play soccer. Dad spent hours dribbling alongside me—him with a standard soccer ball and me with a toddler-sized version. He stood in front of a flimsy net we’d made out of PVC pipes, and played goalkeeper for hours so I could practice my corner shots. I lose myself in the memories.

“Hey! Watch—”

I look up in time to see a guy’s broad chest before I walk right into him. My knee gives out, but he catches my arm.

“Nice save,” he says, as if I’m the one who kept him from falling instead of the other way around.

I jerk away from him. The combination of hearing Reed’s voice a few minutes ago and feeling a guy grab me from out of nowhere . . . it’s too much.

“You okay?” Brown eyes that look even darker against his pale skin.

It’s Owen, the mystery guy from the parking lot. “I’m fine.”

“You sure?”

Why won’t my pulse slow down?

“Yeah. I have to go.” I take off in the opposite direction, embarrassed.

I bumped into a guy and almost jumped out of my skin? This isn’t me. I’m the person who never flinches during horror movies.

The leg brace makes me feel helpless. What if a stranger had grabbed me instead of Owen? Knowing I couldn’t run or fight someone off terrifies me.

Or if someone tries to hurt me again.

Mom and Hawk are exactly where I left them. The Twins have returned from the locker room, freshly showered, and they swapped their football uniforms for jeans and T-shirts. The four of them are huddled together talking. They’re probably discussing my fragile state. They think I’m too traumatized to hang out at a stupid party. But I’m not the damaged person everyone thinks.

I refuse to be that girl.

I walk up behind the Twins and squeeze between them. “So when are we going to that party you were telling me about?”

Praise:

“Something wonderful happened to me as I read this—I fell in love. Genuine, shattering, deep, heart-pounding love. Thank you, Kami Garcia, for Peyton and Owen. We need their story." —Jennifer Niven, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places and Holding Up the Universe

Hear it First:

Order a digital or print edition of BROKEN BEAUTIFUL HEARTS by #1 New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia and be the first to hear an exclusive announcement from Kami about her next book--a secret project her publisher is keeping under wraps! Fans of Beautiful Creatures, Dangerous Creatures, and The Legion series won't want to miss this exciting news!

This is a limited time offer! So hurry! Registration ends on February 28, 2018! You must register your preorder to receive the exclusive announcement from Kami!

https://a.pgtb.me/J61sNg

Author Bio:


Kami Garcia is a #1 New York Times–bestselling and Bram Stoker–nominated author and the coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures and Dangerous Creatures novels. Her solo series, the Legion, includes the instant New York Times bestseller Unbreakable and its sequel, Unmarked. Kami is also the author of The X-Files Origins: Agent of Chaos and The Lovely Reckless. Kami was a teacher for seventeen years and coauthored her first novel on a dare from seven of her students. If she isn’t busy watching Supernatural, Kami can teach you how to escape from a pair of handcuffs or bake a Coca-Cola cake. Kami lives in Maryland with her family and their dogs, Spike and Oz.

You Can Find Her At:
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Twitter
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