Cover Reveal: Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers

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Here it is! So colourful! I’d be really interested to read this one as I haven’t really read anything quite like this 🙂 Let me know what you think of the cover!

Tone Deaf by Oliva Rivers

Genre: New Adult Romance

Release Date: November 4th, 2013

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Book Description:

His world is music…

…Her world is silent.

Ali Blinde was a prodigy destined to become one of the greatest musicians of the 21st century.

Until the brain tumor struck.

Now seventeen, Ali lives in a soundless world where she gets by with ASL and lip-reading. So when she meets Jace Beckett, she thinks he’s her worst nightmare come true. Jace is the lead singer in the wildly-popular band, Tone Deaf, and he’s exactly the kind of success-story Ali hates and resents. 

Nineteen-year-old Jace has it all: fame, money, and any girl he wants. Every night on tour brings a new performance and a new girl, which is just what he needs to avoid the pain of relationships. 

But when Jace learns Ali is being abused, he reluctantly proposes a solution: Run away with him and his band as they tour the country. With freedom in sight, Ali takes the offer. Immediately, she’s swept into a world filled with wild punk music, wilder musicians, and maybe—just maybe—love.

About Author:

Olivia

 

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Olivia Rivers is the author of six novels, ranging in genres from Epic Fantasy to Contemporary Romance. Along with being a writer, she’s a freelance digital artist, a literary agent assistant, and a high school student.  She’s a nerd at heart, and is a hopeless fan-girl for Doctor Who and Arrested Development. Olivia lives in California with a dog who thinks he’s a cat, a cat who thinks he’s a dog, and a kitten who is just generally confused.

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Review: Faking It by Cora Carmack

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Faking It by Cora Carmack

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Book Depository

Publish Date: June 4th 2013

Publisher: William Morrow & Company

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Source: NetGalley!

My Rating: 5.0/5.0

Book Description:

Mackenzie “Max” Miller has a problem. Her parents have arrived in town for a surprise visit, and if they see her dyed hair, tattoos, and piercings, they just might disown her. Even worse, they’re expecting to meet a nice, wholesome boyfriend, not a guy named Mace who has a neck tattoo and plays in a band. All her lies are about to come crashing down around her, but then she meets Cade.

Cade moved to Philadelphia to act and to leave his problems behind in Texas. So far though, he’s kept the problems and had very little opportunity to take the stage. When Max approaches him in a coffee shop with a crazy request to pretend to be her boyfriend, he agrees to play the part. But when Cade plays the role a little too well, they’re forced to keep the ruse going. And the more they fake the relationship, the more real it begins to feel.

MY REVIEW:

Once again I have waited A HUNDRED YEARS after actually finishing the book, to write a review on it. Can I even remember the characters’ names’? Yep. Max and Cade. Okay, I think that’s enough information to write a review, don’t you?

I read Losing It a few months ago, and really enjoyed it although I thought it was a bit predictable at times. Even so, I was very excited to read this one.

Max’s has issues with her parents, meaning she doesn’t feel comfortable in her own clothes around them. She feels like she has to cover up her tattoos and, generally, not be herself. Plus, she knew they won’t approve of her boyfriend, Mace. So, in a coffee shop, she spotted Cade and asked if he was to be her pretend boyfriend for five minutes.

He agreed, and proceeded to WOW her parents with his brilliantness. It was at this point that I became slightly annoyed with Max. She doubted everything he said and kept making sarcastic comments in her head. I know it was supposed to come across that way, but it was really irritating.

(I’m such a hypocrite because I am the QUEEN of sarcasm. In my house anyway. Perks of being the only girl. Boys just don’t cut it.)

Moving ON with the review.

Max and Cade had a spark RIGHT  from the beginning. They connected with each other, and they both liked music and even the sex was good. From what I was reading it was veryyyyy good. (Man, I’ve had too much sugar.)

I honestly could not put this book down! I read it in bed, on the train, in bed again, in my Mums bed, it was so good. I recommended it to friends IRL, and I would DEFFINATLY read it again! Looking forward to the next book which is called Finding It.

(Yes, I did have to look that up on Goodreads. I’m terrible. But…ooooh… Just read the bio and it looks interesting! Aww what? October? So long!!! I shall keep my eyes peeled for it on NetGalley!)

About Author:

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Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life– boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

Review: Love Unbroken by Victoria Bright

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Love Unbroken by Victoria Bright

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Publish Date: June 15th 2013

Genre: N/A, Contemporary Romance

My Rating: 3.5/5.0

Book Description:

Love…it can be a beautiful dream or a disastrous nightmare. What happens to a love bond that is constantly strained by lies, betrayal, cheating, and pain? Will it eventually corrode, or will love and trust keep it together?

Camille Anderson, a beautiful, sassy, curly-haired college student only has eyes for one man, Ahmad. She sees herself with no one else…that is until she meets Keith, her new study partner. Will she be able to fight temptation or will one small mistake cause her to lose Ahmad’s trust and their relationships?

Ahmad Dawson, a sizzling hot, athletic personal trainer is obsessed with his girlfriend Camille. Not really the marriage type of guy, he is considering changing that mentality for her. Things were going smooth until Kelly, one of his clients, began to intrude on his relationship as well as his career. Will the desire of promotion lead him to do things that he shouldn’t? Or will he stay true to his woman and his values?

The new people in Ahmad and Camille’s lives are starting to create chaos and are slowly tearing them apart. After a deceptive plan is put into action, everything is turned upside down. Will this bring Ahmad and Camille closer together? Or has enough damage been broken to break their bond?

MY REVIEW:

I have so many mixed feelings about Love Unbroken. On the one hand, I loved the storyline and thought it had depth and an event happened that doesn’t usually happen in books like this, (I’m being vague because I don’t want to spoil it!). The ending was heartbreaking, and by the time I had turned (clicked!) to the next page, I felt so sorry for Ahmad.

Camille and Ahmed had a great connection between them, and the love scenes between them were pretty steamy!

But, I have to be honest here, I really didn’t enjoy the writing style. It felt rushed, forced and at times comical when it wasn’t supposed to be. It was really disappointing as the premise of Love Unbroken sounds just like the kind of book I’d like to read.

Like I said before, the storyline was excellent. Especially the ending, I know that will sound really horrible to those of you who have read it, but it was a great twist! I didn’t see it coming, and it turned a normal romance book into something else.

The actual writing is what let it down for me. And that’s a shame. Saying that though, it might just be a personal thing! Many people have read and rated this book, and most have LOVED it!

So…yes, overall I would recommend it 🙂

About Author:

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Victoria is very versatile in the genre of books she likes to read. Her book choice mostly varies on her mood but she is particularly interested in crime stories, romance, teen fiction, scifi, and is now venturing a little in paranormal fiction. As for her own writing, she doesn’t really put it into a category or genre. She just writes whatever is on her mind and lets it create itself!

Sizzling Summer Giveaway! With Andrea Heltsley!

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Welcome to the Sizzling Summer Giveaway! I’ve had some real trouble posting this giveaway, for some reason wordpress doesn’t like it! let’s hope it’s third time lucky!

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How far would you go to keep your nightmares a secret?

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Read the chilling prequel novella to the paranormal romance, Dancing with Death.

About Andrea Heltsley:

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I am a biology nerd who decided it was more fun writing than dissecting. I have written three novels and four more will be out in 2013. I live on coffee and read like a robot. My husband and two italian greyhounds usually have to tear me away from the computer…imagine that. 🙂

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Review + Excerpt: Paradox by Robyn M. Pierce [Book Tour]

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Welcome to my review and excerpt on the Paradox tour! Hosted by Girls Heart Book Tours!

Paradox by Robyn M. Pierce

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon Kindle | Amazon Paperback | Smashwords

Publish Date: July 9th 2013

Genre: New Adult Romance

My Rating: 3.5/5.0

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Book Description:

(Paradox is a complete novella at 30,759 words. NEW ADULT ROMANCE.)

They knew from the beginning it was wrong.

Everything in her life pointed her away from him.
Everything beckoned him toward her.

When Rachel met Taylor, their connection was immediate and undeniable. With so many things in common, these friends found themselves falling inevitably and too fast to stop. There was but one thing that was between them:
Rachel had a boyfriend.

A year after parting ways, Taylor’s and Rachel’s individual lives have thrust them back toward one another, and the resulting fireworks will leave more than one person burned.

MY REVIEW:

The premise of Paradox is, although similar to a lot of NA novels out there, very intriguing to a reader like me. Who doesn’t love a short and sweet romance?

I’ll be honest here, Paradox isn’t sweet. Two people fall in love, deny it and then don’t see each other for a very long time. That is not sweet. But it is a good story!

Rachel and Taylor have been communicating online for a while, and finally decide to meet. Taylor admits that he has feelings for Rachel, but she has a boyfriend and so he doesn’t pursue her outright. Of course, if you love someone back, love will find a way. (Trust me, I’m an expert in luuurve! NOT!  I just read a love of YA/NA romances!)

Rachel’s boyfriend Joshua, gives her a really hard time about Taylor, basically he’s just really jealous and want Rachel to be HIS and HIS ALONE. Which is fine, because cheating is heartbreaking. But he didn’t give Rachel a chance, and is really mean and then he wasn’t worth the trouble in the end.

What I didn’t get, is when Rachel and Taylor decided to NOT get together, even though they obviously wanted to and could at this point. I think it was something about not being good enough, or something. Weak excuse! They were humping in Taylor’s kitchen! Get together and make some babies!

Overall, I took away one star because I didn’t understand the reason why Taylor and Rachel couldn’t get together. More clarity please! But I really did enjoy the novel and thought Rachel and Taylor had a great spark, would have loved it if the book was a bit longer! But, that’s just personal!

 EXCERPT:

Turning on my heel, I went back to my laptop and plugged my earbuds in. I ignored his attempts to rekindle the conversation as I turned the volume up.

Facebook dinged at me as soon as I pulled the page up. It was Taylor.

T: Hey.

R: Hi.

Ugh, I thought. Two words exchanged and my mood is instantly better. I grew concerned that

Josh might be right in being worried about Taylor.

T: How are you, pretty lady?

R: Sigh. Just got into an argument with Josh.

I probably shouldn’t have told him, but if talking was going to make me feel better, why not?

T: Oh? What about?

I hesitated before typing

R: …You.

It took him a moment to respond, during which time I glanced at Josh. He was playing his

game and bobbing his head to music that played from his headset. So you turned music up, too…

We’re so similar, I thought.

A ding brought my attention back to my computer screen.

T: Really? May I ask the topic? More specifically than just arguing about me, I mean.

I could imagine his boyish grin and chuckled. I typed slowly, trying to figure out what to say.

R: He thinks you are only having me meet your friends so you can show off what it

yours. That all guys do it because he does it. I think he’s ridiculous.

Taylor was quiet for another few minutes.

T: Is he really such a caveman that he has to mark you as his?

Before I could reply, he continued.

T: Or does he have reason to believe you need to be marked?

My heart raced at the thought. Was there a reason for Josh to feel as though he had to claim

me as his? The only other interested person was Taylor, and I had no intention of going down

that path.

So why did my stomach do flips at the idea?

R: Not that I know of.

I wasn’t lying. There was no reason to lie to Taylor, and I honestly didn’t think there was

anything for Josh to worry about.

T: Good. I would hate for your nature to be compromised over me.

In my head, he sounded teasing. I smiled.

R: Like you could ever do something that would ruin my nature. You definitely aren’t

someone that could make me a worse person than I already am.

T: Oh? I could never influence you, huh? (P.S. You aren’t a bad person, even though

you seem to think you are.)

R: You know me well enough to say that?

T: I think I know you better than anyone else, if I’m being honest.

My heart skipped and I chewed on my lower lip in thought.

R: What makes you think that?

T: When you’re with me, you’re light as a feather. Every photo you have has a weight

added on your shoulders. You hardly smile, and when you do, you look like you’re

forcing it. When you’re with me, you breathe. You smile and laugh and you don’t seem to

worry about anything.

R: So you see all that, huh?

T: Not just that. I see your heart when I look into your eyes, and as beautiful as your

eyes are, your heart is even lovelier. Your soul is painted red – your favorite color, I’ll

assume – and you are full to the brim with passion for life.

R: Stop it, lol… You’re just guessing. Flattery gets you nowhere.

T: Think what you want, Madame. It doesn’t change the fact that it’s what I see when

I look at you.

About Author:

Robyn M Pierce

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Robyn Pierce is an up-and-coming writer from Las Vegas, where the night is never-ending. She dabbles in PhotoShop, photography, modeling, and enjoys editing the work of others. She is currently working on a book series and can’t wait for the world to read the stories.

Review + Giveaway: Touching Melody by RaShelle Workman [Book Tour]

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Welcome to my stop on the Touching Melody tour! Click HERE to view the tour schedule and see what other bloggers thought of this title! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway down below!

Touching Melody by RaShelle Workman

Series: Forever First #1 

Publication Date:  June 2013 

Genre: New Adult Contemporary

Tour Hosted by: Xpresso Book Tours

My Rating: 4.0/5.0

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon

touching melodyBook Description:

Maddie Martin’s first weekend at college is nothing like she’s used to. It’s wild, like the wilderness on which the University of Bellam Springs sits. Roped into going to a frat party, she literally runs into Kyle Hadley. The boy she’s loved since she was nine. The boy she promised all of her firsts to. But that was before his father killed her parents. 

Determined to stay away from him, she throws herself into her music. Practicing piano eases her heavy heart, calms the sadness, and pushes away images of Kyle’s face. 

Until it doesn’t. 

Her music professor asks her to play a duet for their annual Graduation Gala. Doing so means she’ll be assured another full ride scholarship. It’s an opportunity she can’t pass up. 

But Kyle is the other half of the duet. And that means hours and hours of practicing. 

Days and months of seclusion – just the two of them. And it’s more than just music. It’s passion like Maddie never believed was possible. 

The inevitable happens. She falls in love with him all over again. 

But, will loving him be enough to erase all the hate in her heart for his father? Can she look at him, and not see the evil in his family tree?

And maybe it’s all a set up. Maybe Kyle is only pretending to care so he can finish what his father started, and kill her too.

MY REVIEW:

I read this too early! I thought the tour started in June not July! So I’m currently writing this review in June but YOU are reading it in July. Wow. I am genius. Moving on…

Describe This Book in One Word: Thrilling.

I wouldn’t class this as a thriller, as such, but there is an element of action and suspense throughout the book. Obviously, Maddie’s parents have been killed by her best friend’s father, and Maddie saw the bodies when she was just a teenager.

Plus, there where secret agents in this novel! I can’t really say much more because I’ll give the ending away, but there was some spy, action stuff going on towards the end.

The premise of the novel is intriguing, it’s what made me sign up to review this book in the first place. Throughout the book, I got the feeling that Maddie isn’t exactly SANE, but that it’s alright. Maybe I was reading too much into it, but it would make sense if she was a little insane.

Maddie is a very individual character. She has been homeschooled her entire life, (Like ME! Yes…I’m proud.) She doesn’t really know that much about boys other than what her Aunt and Uncle have told her.

Basically, don’t hold a boy’s hand because you could get PREGNANT!

Maddie has a little quirk that I thought was a nice touch. Whenever she meets new people, notices them in the street, whatever, the first thing she looks at is their shoes. And she can tell what type of person they are, or what image they are trying to put out.

This quirk sort of disappeared by the end of the novel but it was nice while it was there!

Kyle. Kinky Kyle! Ha! He seemed like quite a nice guy. I’m not really sure, I didn’t really connect with him that much. To be honest, he wasn’t that prominent in Touching Melody other than in Maddies thoughts.

Maddie had promised Kyle all of her firsts when she was 11. Even her first kiss which I thought was a little strange, considering how young they were.  I have a brother whose 11 and he has NO romantic interest in girls.

Another nice touch was the Chapter titles! You don’t get many chapter titles in YA! But once again, by the middle of the book, it looked like the author just picked out a random phrase and stuck in at the beginning of the page.

If there was a second book, I don’t think I’d read it. Touching Melody was enough for me!

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RaShelle Workman is the bestselling author of the Dead Roses series (“Sleeping Roses” is being translated into Turkish, and will be available in print wherever Turkish books are sold in 2014), the Immortal Essence series, and the Blood and Snow series. She’s sold over two hundred thousand copies of her novels worldwide in the past year, including Japan, Canada, and Europe. You can find RaShelle all over the web, but the best place to start is on her blog: www.rashelleworkman.com.

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge – Day 3

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I wanted to do a different post today. But…it didn’t work out. And that was REALLY ANNOYING! So I changed things up a bit, and I’m going to talk about my Blogging BFFS! Whoop! Yeah! Also, I know that YOU think this challenge is nearly over…BUT IS ISN’T! I was just biding my time….(too lazy to post during the proper time frame.) Enjoy!

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If I’m honest…I don’t have any Blogging BFFS. I have only been blogging year and for most of that year I posted once a week. Yeah, can you imagine?

Another reason, I think Rachel from Fiktshun said something similar, is that I don’t assume to have a BFF. I can’t just talk to someone on Twitter for five minutes and then we are soul mates. It takes TIME 🙂

I’m also very lazy. I can’t even write reviews on time, let alone make friends and keep in contact!

Of course, there are bloggers that I’m friendly with, we comment on each others reviews, our StS posts, drool over hot YA/NA boys…ect ect. I’m the same in real life too, but don’t feel sorry for me! I have my books! And some budding friendships that I’ve made through this blog! So I’m extremely happy!

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And that was my half arsed excuse for a blog post! Tomorrow is a review! Yay, when was the last time we had one of them??? Yesterday actually. The 5th Wave. One of my best reviews for a while. Go check it out, because let’s face it…anything is better than this drivel 🙂

Charlie xx