Monday, November 25, 2013
Draw Me In by Megan Squires
Publication date: December 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
He’s a young, up and coming businessman with the keys to his family’s Italian wine enterprise.
I’m a fine arts student, navigating life in the Big Apple, my pencil and sketchpad in hand.
We meet. We fall in love.
But it’s not that story.
Sometimes, by a rare gift of fate, two lives cross paths. And hey, if that happens to occur when staring at Michelangelo’s naked masterpiece, even better. We can tell our future children how a seventeen-foot tall marble guy named David brought us together.
But there’s always more to a relationship than its beginning and ever after. In life, there’s a whole lot of backstory. There are ex-fiancés and hot roommates and family members whose advice continues, even beyond the grave.
When you say you love someone, it’s never just that one person you’re saying it to. And it’s never just that one moment that sets everything in motion.
There is always more that draws you in.
Megan Squires lives with her husband and two children just outside of Sacramento, California. A graduate from the University of California, Davis, Megan is now a full-time mother, wife, and dreamer—though her characters don’t often give her much opportunity to sleep.
Visit www.theoutlierchronicles.com to learn more about her latest young adult series.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Gracie has just finished her freshman year of college in Memphis when she takes a job at a local pizza joint in her home town of McKenzie, Tennessee. She is the epitome of innocence when she meets Noah. Noah is unabashedly handsome, intriguingly reckless and just cocky enough to be sexy. Gracie’s instincts tell her to stay far away from him and based on the stories she hears from her co-workers he leaves broken hearts in his wake. But still, she can’t explain her fascination with him.
Noah puts aside his bad boy ways when what he thought was a summer crush has him unexpectedly falling in love. But soon after Gracie transfers to UT Knoxville to be with Noah, their unexpected love becomes riddled with anger, deceit and humiliation.
Jake, Noah’s former roommate and Gracie’s best friend, can no longer be a bystander. Gracie’s world falls out from beneath her and when she breaks she turns to Jake for strength. As Jake talks her through a decision she’s not yet strong enough to make, together they uncover a truth so ugly neither of them is prepared for its fallout. Will Jake pull her to the surface or is Gracie Jordan finally In Too Deep?
A free copy was given to me in preparation for its sequel’s blog tour.
In Too Deep is obviously an Issue Book; you can tell that just from the summary. Because of that, I feel like I’m supposed to treat it a little gentler than I might with another book, because there’s a lot of psychology behind it and even though I might not agree with Gracie’s choices, I’m sure there are girls who this kind of thing has happened to, and whose stories are too close to this for it to be comfortable.
That said, however, after the first few chapters, I started to have very little sympathy for Gracie. She’s… kind of stupid, to put it lightly. Past the gesture Noah made with the Jack Johnson song in the car, I didn’t see anything really appealing about him that would have sucked her in. He was either really boring or really mean. The only reason I can really think that she’d want to stay with him is that she gave her virginity to him, which is pounded into our heads. She even angsts about how whoever she ends up with “won’t have all of her on their wedding night.” Melodramatic much? Geeze. I understand there are people who that’s important for them but… well yeah, I don’t get why she cares about that, of all things, after all that’s happened.
The storyline itself is, as you’ve probably guessed, one of those ones that just uses the same plot point over and over. They break up, she vows she’s done with him for good, she cries to Jake, Noah says he’ll change, she takes him back, he does something stupid, lather rinse, repeat times ten. Hence why I thought she was kind of stupid. There’s also the thing about him sucking the life out of her, about how she was so vibrant and full of life, but we never see that, not even in the flashbacks to before they were together.
The dialog is ultra-stiff, too. A lot of the time they don’t use contractions, and I’m reminded of really bad actors reading from a script. That’s not good.
And yeah, it reads like wish fulfilment when Gracie finally has sex with Jake. I swear to God she thinks she’s had a religious experience. I found myself rolling my eyes at all the “our souls connected” iterations. I also don’t really get what Jake sees in her considering, again, the whole “vibrant and free” thing is never shown, only needy clinginess. For God’s sake, she self-diagnoses herself as addicted to relationships.
Yeah this book just didn’t really do it for me. It wasn’t terrible, but I don’t think it’s lived up to the hype I’ve seen around for it. It feels amateurishly written from the point of view of someone who either doesn’t understand the subject at all, or is too close to it and therefore thinks that everything they write is the absolute truth. Either way, I’m hoping the sequel is better.
Friday, November 15, 2013
Author: Cambria Hebert
Series: Take It Off - all the novels in this series can be read as stand alones
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 13, 2013
Format: Ebook and Paperback
Julie Preston is an artist. But her canvas isn’t paper or clay. It’s hair. She spends her days coloring, blow drying and styling her clients hair at the Razor’s Edge salon. Julie is also annoyed. She went out on a date and had a great time, gave the guy her number and the jerk never called.
So when he waltzes into the salon and sits down in her chair she briefly considers strangling him with the pink cape she fastens around his neck.
Too bad she can’t.
Blue Markson, the guy who never called, is a police officer so causing him bodily harm would be a first class ticket into the slammer. Just looking at him again makes Julie forget why she was mad in the first place, but she’s already learned that Blue is nothing but heartache. So when he starts coming around, acting like he hadn’t made her stare at the phone for days, she tries to brush him off.
Her life is about to blow up in her face, she’s about to get caught up in a sticky web of crime and the one guy who can help her is the one guy she vowed never to trust again.
Cambria Hebert is the author of the young adult paranormal Heven and Hell series, the new adult Death Escorts series, and the new adult Take it Off series. She loves a caramel latte, hates math and is afraid of chickens (yes, chickens). She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband and children (both human and furry) where she is plotting her next book. You can find out more about Cambria and her work by visiting http://www.cambriahebert.com
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Thursday, November 14, 2013
Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read, with the aim to increase blog followers and let us get to know each other. Each week we're given a question or an activity.
This week's question:
Are there any book to movie adaptations where you think the movie is better than the book?
This is actually an easy one for me. The one that comes straight to mind is Coraline. You might call me biased since I saw the movie first, but I'm being honest here. The movie was extremely faithful in its adaptation, but it still expanded upon the story and gave you more than the book did, so I have to say I like the movie better for that reason.
Monday, November 4, 2013
Living Blond Trilogy: Diamonds Are a Teen’s Best Friend, The Seven Month Itch, How to Date a Millionaire
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Nessa Joanne Mulholland, aka Marilyn Monroe's No. 1 teenage fan, is used to moving house. This time, however, she's relocating in movie-star style—crossing the Atlantic on board the Majestic, headed for Paris from New York City. And it really would be in movie-star style if it wasn't for the fact that she's bringing her cringe-fest professor dad along for the ride (Dad's specialization: human mating rituals—need Nessa say more?). Oh yeah, and sharing a cabin that's five decks below sea level and next to the engine room. Still, at least Holly Isles is on board. Yes, really, that Holly Isles—star of stage and screen. Suddenly, things are looking up. Looking a little Marilyn, in fact, because events are strangely mirroring Nessa's favorite movie of all time, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
As Holly Isles, world-famous actress, confides in Nessa over mocktails.
As Nessa coaches Holly in the amazing "Nessa's Lesson's in Love"—the ultimate man-catching rules to finding true and lasting lurv.
Nessa fall for Holly's too-cute nephew, Marc. . . and
Cover your eyes!
As it all goes terribly, horribly, embarrassingly wrong.
There's no doubting it. This is going to be one pitchy crossing.
Book 2 in the Living Blond trilogy…
The Seven Month Itch
Along with Nessa as her dad's too-gorgeous research assistant moves into the new family penthouse while Holly's away filming in LA . . .
As Nessa gets dumped for "Doris Day" . . .
As Kent Sweetman decides he wants Holly back, wedding or no wedding . . . and
Bite your nails!
As the cupcakiest wedding ever hangs in the balance.
Phew! The temperature's getting hotter by the second, heat rash is setting in fast—and everyone's starting to scratch that Seven Month Itch!
Book 3 in the Living Blond trilogy
How to Date a Millionaire
Within hours, Nessa, her dad, Holly, her best friend Alexa, and tag-along cousin Nat are on a private jet and headed for some rest and relaxation Hawaiian style. Except that, on hitting the sand, there's not a lot of rest and relaxation to be found. The penthouse apartment they've booked is suddenly unavailable, Holly's blood pressure skyrockets, Nat is bronze-beach-boy crazy, and what's with the three cute guys living upstairs?
At Nat's crazy antics (will Nessa and Alexa really have to chain her to the apartment balcony to keep her out of boy trouble?)
When Nessa meets someone who's had the life-saving operation her mother couldn't have.
As two gorgeous babies make their way into the world . . . and
As Nessa finally gets things right . . . for once.
Having failed at becoming a ballerina with pierced ears (her childhood dream), Allison Rushby instead began a writing career as a journalism student at The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Within a few months she had slunk sideways into studying Russian. By the end of her degree she had learned two very important things: that she wasn't going to be a journalist; and that there are hundreds of types of vodka and they're all pretty good. After several years spent whining about how hard it would be to write a novel, she finally tried writing one and found it was quite an enjoyable experience. Since then, she has had nine novels published. She keeps up her education by sampling new kinds of vodka on a regular basis.
Grand prize giveaway
Prizes (open internationally):
--20 super-cute ‘We love Marilyn’ ‘Marilynette’ wristbands