Waiting on Wednesday

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Every week Breaking the Spine hosts the bookish meme for book bloggers to share what books they are waiting on to be released!  This week I’m waiting on:

Release Date: May 5, 2015

When Gia Montgomery’s boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she’d been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend— two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.

The problem is that days after prom, it’s not the real Bradley she’s thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn’t even know. But tracking him down doesn’t mean they’re done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend’s graduation party — three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.

Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship.

Book Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

15283043Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she’s beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.

This book is super sassy and I love it…

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First off, let me tell you how relieved I was that I liked this book.  I had the awesome opportunity to meet Kasie West at a book event a couple of months ago and she is super nice, so I would have felt bad if I didn’t like the book!  Anyway back to the actual book, it was super cute, and a great read.

I loved Caymen’s sass.  She is says things I only dream I could say out loud.  I thought, overall she was a well written character.  I loved everything about her, from her sass, to her vulnerability.  More importantly I identified with her.  I love when I can see parts of my personality reflected in a character.  It lets me loose myself in the story.  I loved that the humor of this story outweighed the seriousness of the situation.

I loved Caymen’s interactions with the other characters (specifically Skye’s Boyfriend).  I liked Xander as a character but didn’t particularly fell any connection to him.  I did like the other dude in the band but maybe he was more my type.  I thought the creepy doll store was brilliant.  It was so weird that it was funny, and they had names.  It would for sure give me nightmares if I had to work there.  I loved the career day idea, I may even steal it.

The only thing I didn’t really care for was the outcome with the grandparents.  I thought it made the ending a little too perfect.  I also thought the medical scare didn’t quite fit in with the story.  I know that it served a purpose but it didn’t gel with the story for me. Regardless of these two things I still loved the book.  This is a great, fun, entertaining read!

4.5 Bards

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted for us book blogger types by the Broke and the Bookish. They provide a topic, and all of us participants post our answers on our blogs and we hop around checking out one another’s answers! This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Books on my Spring 2014 TBR List

Click on the titles to read the synopsis, and then add them to your TBR!

1. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Page

2. On the Fence by Kasie West

3. The Inventor’s Secret by Andrea Cremer

4. Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell

5. Salvage by Alexandra Duncan

6. A Girl Called Fearless by Catherine Linka

7. Nil by Lynne Matson

8. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

9. Tease by Amanda Maciel

10. End Times by Anna Schumacher

 

What are some of your books on your TBR list?  I’d love to have more to add to mine!

 

Lovestruck Author Event

On February 22, 2014, Missy and I were lucky enough to have VIP tickets to the Lovestruck Author Event at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC! If you’ve never visited Fiction Addiction, be sure to click on their logo to visit their site.

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You can order signed copies of the books from this event!

The four authors on this tour all have different definitions and expressions of love in their novels, which they used as a platform to travel together and talk about their newly released and previous novels!

Here are the Authors:

KasieWestKasie West:
The Distance Between Us
Pivot Point
Split Second
On the Fence
@Kasiewest

MeganSheperdMegan Shepherd:
The Madman’s Daughter
Her Dark Curiosity
@megan_shepherd

Megan Miranda:MeganMiranda
Fracture
Vengeance
Hysteria
@MeganLMiranda

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Robin Constantine:
The Promise of Amazing
@RConstantine14

Some of the hot topics of discussion included each author’s opinion on the popular Love Triangle trope, to which all of them replied that when done well–that these are still an exciting way to tell a love story.

It was also a popular opinion that none of these authors particularly missed their characters and stories after going through the long process of writing, editing, and promoting a novel for so long!  Meaning that they are always looking forward to their next story and their next character.

In addition, all of the authors offered a short preview of what is to come for them, West is coming out with two more contemporary romances, Shepherd is writing a science fiction series called The Cage, Constantine is working on a companion novel for The Promise of Amazing, and Miranda is also working on some new material.

Overall, Missy and I had a blast meeting these authors and getting the chance to meet them and hang out for a little while! Be sure to follow all of the authors on Twitter or Facebook, and pick up a copy of their books.

Keep an eye out for our reviews of their novels, which will be coming up soon!

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted for us book blogger types by the Broke and the Bookish. They provide a topic, and all of us participants post our answers on our blogs and we hop around checking out one another’s answers! This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Books I’d Give a Theme Song to

1. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Anchor by Mindy Gledhill
Why? Because the lyrics really describe how Levi views Cath and how he doesn’t matter that she is a bit of a nerd or that others think she might be a little weird. Such a good song.

2. Splintered by AG Howard
White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane
Why? Well, Jefferson Airplane’s trippy song about Alice in Wonderland really exemplifies the trippy and descriptive narrative of Splintered.

3. Brooklyn Girls by Gemma Burgess
I and Love and You by The Avett Brothers
Why? Brooklyn, Brooklyn take me in…..

4. Breaking Nova by Jessica Sorensen
Me vs. Maradona vs. Elvis
Why? Well, this song is actually very important to the narrative as well as it is represented in the lyrics.

5. A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller
Louder by Lea Michele
Why? Frankly, I love Lea Michele.  But the lyrics can really lend themselves to inspiring those who are whispering and need to speak louder.  Just like the British suffragettes did.

6. Pivot Point by Kasie West
Rivers and Roads by The Head and the Heart
Why? Two roads diverge in a wood.  Addie has to make a decision between two separate paths.

7. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
The Luckiest by Ben Folds
Why?  Best love song that could really capture how deep Tessa and Will’s love goes and how it could keep lasting through death.

8. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
It’s All Coming Back to Me Now by Celine Dion
Why? I mean, this one is obvious because she wrote this song specifically about Wuthering Heights.

9. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
Life’s a Song by Patrick Park
Why? It’s essentially a song about letting go of the past and moving forward.  Both main characters in this novel need this lesson.

10. Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols
Run by Matt Nathanson and Jennifer Nettles
Why?  The development of the relationship and tension between Leah and Grayson is palpable, just like the lyrics to this song.

 

What are some books you would give theme songs to?

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