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Friday, April 18, 2014

A Tale of Two Centuries by Rachel Harris (Review)

Genre:
Young Adult, Romance
Publication.Date  August 6, 2013
Pages:320
Published By:  Entangled Teen
WebsiteRachel Harris

A Tale of Two Centuries on Goodreads
My review copy:Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Where to get:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0988695103?ie=UTF8&tag=httpwwwgoodco-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0988695103&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2
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Alessandra D’Angeli is in need of an adventure. Tired of her sixteenth-century life in Italy and homesick for her time-traveling cousin, Cat, who visited her for a magical week and dazzled her with tales of the future, Alessandra is lost. Until the stars hear her plea.

One mystical spell later, Alessandra appears on Cat’s Beverly Hills doorstep five hundred years in the future. Surrounded by confusing gadgets, scary transportation, and scandalous clothing, Less is hesitant to live the life of a twenty-first century teen…until she meets the infuriating—and infuriatingly handsome—surfer Austin Michaels. Austin challenges everything she believes in…and introduces her to a world filled with possibility.

With the clock ticking, Less knows she must live every moment of her modern life while she still can. But how will she return to the drab life of her past when the future is what holds everything she’s come to love?
(Goodreads)

"Baby, you're not the one who needs to change, and definitely not for a chickenshit like me. You're perfect the way you are, and I'm an asshole for not realizing it sooner."
With a determined nod, he takes two brusque steps in the direction of the exit. Unfortunately, as he does, the pocket of his jeans catches on a rack of California-inspired souvenirs, sending a shower of overpriced goodies to the floor. Shooting the woman manning the counter an apologetic glance, he stops to replace a few on the stand. Then, popping back to his feet, he flees the shop without another look back. My gaze widens in delight.

Austin Michaels is flustered.

And he's flustered because of me.
Austin slaps hands with Lucas in a manly sort of greeting. "Though I ain't gonna lie, another hour with her all to myself wouldn't have sucked."

I had a great time reading My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century. It was cute and fun, and the perfect book to get me trying reads that are more historical instead of my normal stuff. So I obviously had high expectations for the sequel to such a great book. I was somewhat worried about being able to relate to the main character this time around, since she's from the sixteenth century, but I was also excited to see where this story would go, since it has such a compelling premise. Unsurprisingly, I ended up loving this book even more than I adored the first. 

I loved Less. Relating to her turned out to be such an easy thing to do--she was just a simple girl who wanted to follow her dreams and be happy, as opposed to living the life everyone expected her to live in her time. She was kind and so clueless in the cutest way, at first. She went through some awesome growth throughout the story, and even though I liked her the whole time, my level of liking definitely went up by the time the book was over. 

Austin was not what I expected. At all. And that is a very, very good thing. For some reason, I'd pictured him as a cute little nice boy before I read the book. Then I actually started reading it, and he turned out to be a sarcastic bad-ish boy who ended up to be so sweet. It's not a secret that I adore my bad boys in books, especially the ones that have a soft spot only for the MC. And that was Austin, pretty much. He was nice, he was protective, and I wanted to spend loads and loads of time with him. He definitely made me blush. ;)

The romance in this novel exceeded my expectations, big time. Since Less is from the sixteenth century, what I'd imagined the romance to be like was completely watered down. HA. In the actual book, the romance is way more, and way sweeter, than I ever could have imagined. I kind of want to slap my expectation across the face for not being higher than they were on this front. Because seriously. I fell in love with Austin pretty much the first time we met him, and that was even before he started being the protective and kindhearted person he became after growing closer to Less. I APPROVE OF ALL OF THE ROMANCE. 

Rachel Harris' writing was amazing, yet again. She strings words together in such a fabulous way, the whole book literally flew right by. Literally. I made it to the end of the book and flipped the page, and honestly said "AWWWW" because there wasn't anymore left to read. I wish so hard that Austin and Less' could never ever end. But alas, it must. Sigh. Along with the flew-right-by quality, Harris also did a great job of portraying Less as a main character I could actually see being from the sixteenth century. She didn't use contractions, she was suitably baffled by modern-day things and situations, and she was just so old-fashioned. But she still adapted to modern timed quite well, too, which I also thought was perfect. 

Overall, Rachel Harris has written such an engaging, sweet novel that I loved every moment of reading. Austin and Less were characters that I positively adored, and their story was adorably magnificent. I truly miss these characters already, and I look forward to seeing as much of them as I can in My Not So Super Sweet Life!




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Thursday, April 17, 2014

These Gentle Wounds by Helen Dunbar (Tour Review + Giveaway)






Genre:
YA, Contemporary
PublicationDate  May8, 2014
Pages:312
Published By:  Flux
WebsiteThese Gentle Wounds on Goodreads

Helen Dunbar Website
My review copy: eARC,Provided for honest review in tour

Where to get:
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Sometimes I wish I’d lost a leg or something. Everyone can understand that. They never get it when what’s been broken is inside your head.

Five years after an unspeakable tragedy that changed him forever, Gordie Allen has made a new home with his half-brother Kevin. Their arrangement works since Kevin is the only person who can protect Gordie at school and keep him focused on getting his life back on track.

But just when it seems like things are becoming normal, Gordie’s biological father comes back into the picture, demanding a place in his life. Now there’s nothing to stop Gordie from falling into a tailspin that could cost him everything—including his relationship with Sarah, the first girl he’s trusted with the truth. With his world spinning out of control, the only one who can help Gordie is himself . . . if he can find the strength to confront the past and take back his future.
(Goodreads)


This is why I love hockey.  Pucks don't care that my mom tried to drown me one thousand, eight-hundred and twenty-two days ago.
I know that having one of your parents try and kill you and the other not want you wrecks something inside.  
And I know even though all they really did was annoy me, I should have tried harder to save the kids.
It isn't just that I think she's pretty.  It's that she seems more confident and sure of herself than anyone else I know.  I can't even lie to myself about it anymore.  I want her to like me even though I've never cared what anyone thought about me before.  Even though there's no reason she should.
I'm not sure who first looked at a lobster and thought it might be food.  I don't know why anyone ever thought that algebra was important.  And I'm seriously trying to figure out what drugs have been dumped into the water system to make anyone think that my spending a "trial" week with my father is a good idea.

 
  Stunning and Heart Breaking.
  If you had asked me a year ago how I felt about contemporary YA, I would have told you I did not read it.  However, it is writing like Dunbar's that makes me now pick it up often.  There was so much beauty in this book that was tragic and heart wrenching.  My heart went into reading this book and I found myself wishing I could be there to help.  These Gentle Wounds carried a depth that I did not expect, and an extremely well written male point of view.  There are no perfect words to describe exactly how I feel after reading this.
  This book touches on some very sensitive subjects and yet it handles it with extreme grace.  It did not glorify what had happened, nor did it make it something that was just always in the back of Gordie's mind.  The abuse and near death experience left lasting scars... Only these were ones people couldn't see, couldn't grasp.  So many books make mental and physical abuse something that children remember but it only affects their relationships.  The truth is in this book that it can do more than that...it can break you.

  Gordie was a spectacularly written character that captured my heart.  His past left him never left him behind.  He doesn't know how to let it go, let the nightmares and daylight terrors out.  His moments of "normal" are always threatened by the horror of that the accident five years ago.  What broke me a little was he had given up, he had given in and took what he could.  However, these things that broke me, are also what made him realistic.  He wondered what it would like to be normal and hated that his past touched his present, but in his own way he lived.  We all have this idea of normal but no clue what it really is and Gordie discovers his own brand in this marvel.

  There is a certain beauty in this heart breaking read, brought on by the relationships within the pages.  Gordie's brother Kevin is a pillar.  He grounds Gordie and would (has) given up everything for his brother.  There were times that I played with the idea that he resented him for it but I think the bigger part of him just wanted his brother to be okay.  Kevin is a good brother and a better friend, that does more than any sibling I know of.  However, when it came to Sarah who was a blessing in disguise,  he was not sold.  She was really a light in what was the dark tunnel of Gordie's life.  Her presence wasn't as dominant as Kevin's but that does not mean it wasn't as important.  She was proof that sometimes things come when you need them the most and not a minute sooner.  If Sarah had come sooner the impact just wouldn't have been there, and the relief of having something/someone new to be there.

  These Gentle Wounds was a book apart from everything I have ever picked up.  I have read books that called to me and pulled at my heart in different ways, but this one was like a warm breeze after a  frigid winter.  The subject matter is not light and the pain will rip through you as it does the characters, but it is the growth that amazed me.  The writing, the pacing and the story itself could not have been any better.  Dunbar will be a name that I search for in the future.  With a male protagonist that you can connect with, fans of contemporary will easily enjoy this read.





Ten Things About These Gentle Wounds


1. I wrote the book after a women in NY drove her car into the river with her four kids in it and one of her sons survived.

2. Pea Balls are a real recipe

3. An early draft was one of the winners of the She Writes YA Novel Contest

4. I wrote this book for myself and never, ever planned to show it to an agent/editor.

5. There is one thing that Gordie experiences that I have as well.

6. My favorite scene in the book – between Gordie and his brother Kevin – was written because one of my critique partners told me that the last third of the book needed more angst in it.

7. Gordie was named after Gordie Howe who played for The Detroit Red Wings.

8. I’m from Detroit and love hockey, but Gordie became a hockey player because I was watching so much of it during the Olympics.

9. After I wrote TGW, I started working on something funny because I found it so difficult to get out of Gordie’s head.

10. The books’ original title was In Case of Emergency (ICE).

About the author:

Helene Dunbar usually writes features about fiddles and accordions for Irish Music Magazine, but she’s also been known to write about court cases, theater, and Native American Indian tribes.
She's lived in two countries, six states, and is currently holed up in Nashville with her husband, daughter, two cats, and the world’s friendliest golden retriever.
THESE GENTLE WOUNDS is Helene’s debut novel with Flux Books.
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Perfectly Broken by Prescott Lane Book Tour [Book Review & Giveaway]



Genre:
New Adult,Contemporary Fiction
Publication.Date  March 1st 2014
Pages:293
Published By:  Amazon Digital Services, Inc
WebsitePrescott Lane

Perfectly Broken Goodreads
My review copy:I received a copy of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review. 

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Even after years of trauma therapy, Peyton still believes she’s broken. She has little desire to date or show off her natural beauty, content simply to hang out with her best friends and run her pie shop in New Orleans. But her world turns upside-down when a handsome architect and self-confessed player shows up in her shop and thinks she’s perfect, much more than the usual hook-up. While Peyton does her best to resist his charms, believing she could never be enough for him, she can’t deny the obvious heat between them. With Reed determined to have her, Peyton must decide whether to continue to hide behind her apron and baggy clothes or take a chance and share her scars with Reed, a man with a playboy reputation and scars of his own -- a dark past he can’t possibly share with Peyton, not after learning the horrors she’s endured. But if they can find a way to trust each other, and themselves, they just might be able to heal, to save each other, to live perfectly broken together.


"I need your kind of headboard." Quinn called out. "If Bret bangs my head one more time against his wooden one, I may suffer serious brain damage. I can see the obituary now. 'Banged to death. Your parents will be so proud."
 She felt special, wanted, secure; he seemed to have no intention of making her the least bit uncomfortable. In fact, he shielded her from any potential danger, positioning himself between her and the occasional drunk or crazy stumbling near them.
But life wasn't lived on paper; it was lived on dreams, hopes, fears. And it often didn't make sense--just like the beautiful twisted lines on her hands.
 

This is a new adult book about pie shop owner, Peyton Mayfield who is broken in all senses of the word. She hides herself from others and pretends to be okay on the outside while harboring a troubling secret that no one really knows. Then there is sexy commitment phobe Reed Langston. He falls hard for Peyton but doesn't really get her at all. For him it has been girl after girl and no one says no but somehow this one is different. Peyton is different and he is going to find out why or die trying? 

As their relationship starts to develop, you really get to see different sides of both characters. The prince of the one night stands, finds the girl he doesn't want to spend a night apart from. And the "perfectly broken girl" starts to open up to someone new and exciting in her life. They both have pasts that they'd rather not remember, but together they're able to find something worth the pain. Beautifully written these two find love a midst the odds. 

We all know love is never perfect, but two characters from different pasts come together in this romance and try to make it work. Both hiding their own secrets, can they find each other before it is too late? 

I found this story so sweet, and full of great chemistry. Even the best friends of Reed and Peyton were a couple and they also brought a lot to the story. 

 "Well, I've had variety. It left me hungry, unsatisfied, even a bit sick sometimes. But one bit, one nibble of the real deal of you leaves me happy, content, wanting more of you, and only you."

This book has so many great quotes, I just had to share another one here. If you like romance and great character charisma, pick up a copy of this. You'll adore it!   






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A Thousand Steps Home by Elle Bor [Book Review,Author Interview & Giveaway]



Genre:
Contemporary Fiction
Publication.Date  March 27th 2014
Pages:494
Published By:  Amazon Digital Services
WebsiteElle Bor

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My review copy:I received a copy of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review. 

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A woman haunted by tragedy, is unable to resist the alluring calls of her past. Plagued by her longing for answers, retribution, and her one true love, she returns to the island of Corona where her placeholder remains a mere plot in the cemetery. As her questions remain unsolved, she embarks on a journey to connect the dots, linking her to a new name, a different person, and a new life altogether. But now, a lost soul covets the enigma of the life she used to know, and she must pay the ultimate price for her insatiable thirst to seek the truth. Coerced by her unyielding pursuit, she asks herself if there is anything left to save.


Mona believes that it is best for me to stay in the United States and forget the ordeal that forced me to move out of the country in the first place. Though she may be right, I am also beginning to feel sick and tired of running away. Over the years, fear started to feel so weakening, like a leech sucking out every life left of me.
I won't be responsible for that much blood on my hands. Remorse will drive me to the grave where I should have been laid to rest ten years ago. In other words, it is in her best interest to be in the dark, in a safe distance from the truth. Someday I'll find a way to tell her.  
I buried my heart with her. I didn't know it then but now I'm sure of it. I didn't have anything to part with but the one great love we had. The best memory of her was kept here.



I had the pleasure to interview Elle after I was done reading her amazing book. Here are her answers. Thanks for being on Bookish today Elle.


1. How did you come up with the story "A Thousand Steps Home"? 


This story came together very slowly, over the course of 4 years. (a midst school, work, and planning a wedding). I have never written anything in a novelist caliber. Short stories and poems were my cups of tea and I had to sort of school myself to the new writing style, flow, and all. In the beginning, I just wanted to write something about the past and unresolved matters of the heart but without giving so much away, I learned to add that certain “zest” to my story. I did so in the hopes that the readers clamor for more without realizing what it is that really got them hooked until the very end. I wanted to steer away from the cliche of “not-another-novel-syndrome”. To be honest, this is very symbolic for me as I had some parallels to Aydele’s life in a sense that there was a part of me holding on to a certain chapter from my past. Even when the years have successfully separated me from that heartache, there were still so many questions. To be able to tie the story in a neat bow was me just allowing that memory to be blown away with the sands of time [cue sappy music]. Answers will come when due but often some words are better left unsaid.

2. What music, if any helped you through the writing of this novel?


 There was no specific music or song that stuck with me while writing- constant breaks and travelling were the key to my creative juices.


3. What advice would you give to an aspiring writer? 


Based on experience, it will be very dark in the beginning as you find your writing style and the genre you best identify with. Read books but do not lock yourself in your room. Go outside and let the soft breeze whisper and guide your creative mind. I know it sounds very dramatic but just expose yourself to the elements and cultures. Not only should you be rich in knowledge but experience as well. Then one day, something just happens when you have desperately hit that backspace/delete key for the millionth time. Suddenly, you’ll know what to do and you would have already pictured your whole story in your mind as if watching a movie. Have faith!


4. Favorite Books? 

The Bridges of Madison County-by Robert James Waller

Love, Rosie- by Cecilia Ahern

Safe Haven-Nicholas Sparks

5. Favorite authors?


Cecilia Ahern, Nicholas Sparks, Emily Giffin, & I grew up reading Sidney Sheldon

6. What are your plans to continue your writing career?

I just started my next novel- well, barely started but I have all the ideas outlined in paper and in my head. It will be exciting! I will start some college classes too but I am unsure when that will happen. I am in the very hectic medical field- veered off course from writing but I will make time to finish. Please stay tuned!

7. What is one thing you've always wanted to do that you haven't yet for whatever reason?

I wanted to go on a long European tour. I love to be immersed in new culture and I am obsessed with architecture- The Eiffel Tower, Gaudi, the likes! Not to mention I am a certified foodie. I haven’t done it for obvious reasons but someday I will before children.

8. What do you think makes a book come alive for a reader, in your opinion?

A book comes out alive with its ability to engage and connect. Sometimes a story so plain can become a masterpiece when the readers are unable to put it down because their senses are almost shackled to the story. You find that you build a relationship with the characters and the emotions are invested to the resolution of the conflict. It really doesn't matter if the protagonist gets to live or die in the end.



I am in still in awe of a new self published author, Elle Bor, that can command the attention of her readers so well. This book was a masterpiece. The language was flawless. The scenery was well detailed and explained. I did think there was a bit too much explanation in some instances but it ended up working out with the way the story fell in. The characters were well developed and worth the story they were given to tell. I am more and more finding myself drawn to indie books as I seem to fall in love with them, more than million dollar book deal authors who have an infinite budget at their disposal. It is the Indie's that need to self promote, grow a following and win your heart over. This author did just that for me!

Ruby was a young teenager when she was forced to leave everything she knew for a life in America that promised safety. She doesn't even remember most of the night that her family died in a fire but she swears she will seek out the people who she knows wronged her and her family. Ten years later Ruby (or Aydele, the name she now goes by) decides to go back to the island of Corona and face the people who robbed her of the life she should have lived. Aydele, leaves a good life, a good job and a good man behind to find the one thing her life has always been missing. Revenge. But will vengeance by sweet or painful for her? Only time will tell.

This is a story with a lot of emotion. It is a story of a girl who was forced to be strong in the wake of grave danger in order to be alive today. It is a story of Ruby who can't seem to let go of the past she so desperately fights daily to leave behind. It is a suspenseful climactic story told well. The reader will be gasping for the next bit of information the author is willing to share.

Originality is this stories middle name. Every time you think you know what is going to happen next, the story does a twist that makes you go "What?", I never saw that coming. Aydele or Ruby whoever you choose to call her is such a strong character. She hangs in even though her emotions get the best of her sometimes. She is resourceful, fast on her feet and so inspiring to read. The reader will be asking for more Aydele in each and every page.

Uncover the secrets of Ruby's past with her, in this amazing author debut. You won't be sorry you took a chance on this Indie Author!

About the Author



Elle Bor is a novelist, short story author, and self –proclaimed poet. Her first published work, A Thousand Steps Home came out on February 2014. She is currently a member of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. She has been writing since she was eight years old. In high school, she joined the ranks of other student journalists, retaining her position in the school papers year after year. She pursued a formal college education in English and Creative Writing back in the Philippines but was abruptly cut short by her move to the United States. She is currently a medical personnel but is still keen on making it in the writing arena. When she isn't in her literary realm, Elle is most likely on an excursion to discover new places, food-tripping, or just simply catching up on her favorite TV shows.

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