Friday, July 26, 2013

Jennifer Salvato Doktorski's "How My Summer Went Up in Flames"

I grabbed this one from the library.

From Goodreads:

First she lost her heart. Then she lost her mind. And now she’s on a road trip to win back her ex. This debut novel’s packed with drama and romance!

Rosie’s always been impulsive. She didn’t intend to set her cheating ex-boyfriend’s car on fire. And she never thought her attempts to make amends could be considered stalking. So when she’s served with a temporary restraining order on the first day of summer vacation, she’s heartbroken—and furious.

To put distance between Rosie and her ex, Rosie’s parents send her on a cross-country road trip with responsible, reliable neighbor Matty and his two friends. Forget freedom of the road, Rosie wants to hitchhike home and win back her ex. But her determination starts to dwindle with each passing mile. Because Rosie’s spark of anger? It may have just ignited a romance with someone new…

A road trip! Road trips scream summer. I once went on a road trip with two guy friends and a girl friend. The guy I liked was dating the other girl, and she was the sister of the other guy. And now I'm married to the guy I liked then! Ha! Anyway. I think road trips are fabulous opportunities for adventure, especially if you're a teenager. Less so if you have kids. 

So this book. Poor Rosie goes a little crazy after her boyfriend dumps her - I know I've been there - not burning stuff crazy like Rosie, but driving by their house to see if they're home . . . I've said too much ;) She gets a restraining order and her boy best friend Matty whisks her away on a road trip from NJ to AZ with two of his friends. Of course romance blooms along the way.

A good, fun summer read!

Quotes - some pretty wise words in there! 

"Believe it or not, I know what it's like to be obsessed with a boy. Sometimes the best cure is distance. It gives you perspective. Besides, you may even have fun. Did you ever consider that?"

"There are no detours on a road trip, Catalano. There is only the road trip itself," Logan says.

"Ya know, Rosie, sometimes when you don't know what to do, it's okay to do nothing."

The author's website is here.

Video chosen based on an awesome choice that was on the author's playlist!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Coleen Patrick's "Come Back to Me"

I requested this book from NetGalley and they approved me and then I checked Goodreads and noticed it had a 3.22 average rating and I got nervous. Thankfully, this book is a good reminder that you can't trust online reviews! Phew.

From Goodreads:

Whitney Denison can’t wait to start over.

She thought she had everything under control, that her future would always include her best friend Katie… Until everything changed.

Now her life in Bloom is one big morning after hangover, filled with regret, grief, and tiny pinpricks of reminders that she was once happy. A happy she ruined. A happy she can’t fix.

So, she is counting down the days until she leaves home for Colson University, cramming her summer with busywork she didn’t finish her senior year, and taking on new hobbies that involve glue and glitter, and dodging anyone who reminds her of her old life.

When she runs into the stranger who drove her home on graduation night, after she’d passed out next to a ditch, she feels herself sinking again. The key to surviving the summer in Bloom is unraveling whatever good memories she can from that night.

But in searching for answers, she’ll have to ask for help and that means turning to Evan, the stranger, and Kyle, Katie’s ex-boyfriend. Suddenly, life flips again, and Whitney finds herself on not only the precipice of happy but love, too, causing her to question whether she can trust her feelings, or if she is falling into her old patterns of extremes.

As she uncovers the truth about her memories, Whitney sees that life isn’t all or nothing, and that happy isn’t something to wait for, that instead, happy might just be a choice.

One of the bad reviews for this book said that they didn't like this book because they couldn't see where it was going. What? Isn't that usually the point? To start a story and see where it goes and how it gets there? Granted, this book was a little confusing in the beginning, but there's a reason for that, and it's actually pretty well done. 

This book shows that you can be a screwed up teen and mess something up, but you can still fix your life. You can figure out what went wrong and make it better. It isn't too late! I also liked this book because I related - Whitney's best friend dumped her and Whitney is trying to figure out why - I had the same high school experience (though in my case it made less sense than in Whitney's case). Also, there was vegan food for Whitney's ex-bestie, Katie.

The cute boy in the book tucks a paperback into the waistband of his jeans! Cute boys who read! 


Life wasn't a series of unicorns farting rainbows. It was a series of to-do lists scattered with random heart-stopping moments of disappointment and or pain.

His lips were warm, and I tasted mint and the last words of a song. 

Here is Coleen Patrick's website.

Obvious video selection.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Chelsea Cameron's "Deeper We Fall" and "My Favorite Mistake"

Sorry for the break in blogging! Summer finally really hit and so I've had a migraine for about a week and a half, with tiny pain free breaks that I use to clean or cook or whatever.

More books that take place in Maine, yes! I am a Connecticut girl by birth, but I have adopted Maine as my home state, which is cool because I'm a 5th generation Mainer or whatever. The two books in this post are NA books by Chelsea Cameron, who is not only a Mainer/Mainiac/whatevs, but a vegetarian (which appeals to me, since I'm a vegan). 

I found this first book, "Deeper We Fall," on Netgalley and, as per my usual, I loved the cover. The blue, the way the script wraps around the hands - good stuff. 

From Goodreads:

Two years after her best friend was involved in a car accident that caused a traumatic brain injury, Lottie Anders is ready to start her freshman year of college. Ready to move on. Ready to start forgetting the night that ripped her life apart.

Her plans come to a screeching halt when not one, but both brothers responsible for the accident end up back in her life again.

Zack is cruel, selfish and constantly rubbing what happened to her friend in Lottie's face. 

Zan is different. He listens to her awkward ramblings. He loves "To Kill a Mockingbird" as much as she does, and his dark eyes are irresistible. His words are few and far between, but when he does speak, she can't help but listen. 

The trouble is, Zan was the driver in the accident, and now Lottie's discovered he lied to her about what happened that night. Now she must decide if trusting him again will lead to real forgiveness, or deeper heartache.

First things first. I am going to go out on a limb and guess that Chelsea likes the show "Roswell," because hello, Zan? Ha! Love it. This was a pretty good book! It's always a relief when an NA book is good, because there are definitely some out there that think "oh, this book has sexy times, so it doesn't need to be good or original." We need more than sexy times! 

One of the things I liked in this book happens early on - there's a car accident (that's not the part I like!), and the kids are injured because they are stupid and not wearing their seat belts. There are so many car accidents with teens who are injured and killed because they aren't wearing their seat belts. WEAR YOUR SEAT BELT. Maybe at least one kid will read this book for the sexy times and will then wear their seat belt and be safer.

This book starts in the past and moves back into the present fairly quickly. Lottie (whose best friend was severely injured in the car accident) goes away to school and discovers that the brothers who are responsible for the car accident are not only at the same college as her, but they're in the same dorm. Thankfully, her brother and his gay best friend are in the same dorm as well. Drama ensues! It's a good read. 

Some good quotes:

My word explosion was met with a stunned silence.

"Books?" She said the word as if she'd never heard of them before. "Don't you already have a bunch of books?" What kind of a question was that? We were college students. And whoever heard of having too many books? Damn, I was losing big in the Roommate Roulette.

Charlotte didn't just shake my world. She created an earthquake that irrevocably changed the landscape of my life.

I enjoyed reading "Deeper We Fall" so much that I went back to try and see if I could get the sequel! It wasn't available but this book, "My Favorite Mistake" was!

From Goodreads:

Two secrets. One bet. Who will break first?

Taylor Caldwell can't decide if she wants to kiss her new college roommate or punch him.

On the one hand, Hunter Zaccadelli is a handsome blue-eyed bundle of charm. On the other, he's a tattooed, guitar-playing bad boy. Maybe that's why Taylor's afraid of falling in love with him, or anyone else. She doesn't want to get burned, so she needs him gone before it's too late.

Hunter himself has been burned before, but Taylor's sexy laugh and refusal to let him get away with anything make her irresistible. Determined not to be kicked out of her life without a fight, Hunter proposes a bet: if she can convince him she either truly loves or hates him, he'll leave the apartment;and leave her alone.

But when the man behind Taylor's fear of giving up her heart resurfaces, she has to decide: trust Hunter with her greatest secret, or do everything in her power to win that bet and drive him away forever.

This book has a rough start. It's one of those books where there's instant sexual attraction, and the guy's a jerk, and you wonder why on earth the girl is even remotely interested. 

Taylor and her two female friends are sharing a dorm room (suite) at college. When their 4th roommate backs out at the last minute, a male roomie shows up at their door. He's all "If you can prove to me that you love me, absolutely love me, I'll leave" - what? That happens right in the beginning! Aside from the rough start, it's a nice read - not too believable in terms of the relationship that evolves, but it's an enjoyable read - sort of a modern day fairytale. 

"Taylor, we can what-if ourselves to death, but it won't do anything. The only thing we can do is keep moving, even when it feels like you're walking through a pit of cement."

Both of these books had mild issues but I still enjoyed reading them, and I'll definitely read more of Chelsea's books!

Based upon the last quote I gave, and the fact that Hunter likes The Goo Goo Dolls and Matchbox 20 (I love you Rob Thomas), I think the following makes for a good song choice. 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Jennifer Armentrout's "Frigid" + Official Trailer Reveal

It's no surprise to anyone who's read my blog (all 2-4 of you?:) that I love Jennifer Armentrout. From her Lux series to her Covenant series and the standalone NA books in between, I just love her stuff. Whenever there's Jennifer info to be released, I jump in line to help! 

Now I present "Frigid."

For twenty-one-year-old Sydney, being in love with Kyler isn’t anything new. They’d been best friends ever since he pushed her down on the playground and she made him eat a mud pie. Somewhere over the years, she fell for him and fell hard. The big problem with that? Kyler puts the ‘man’ in man-whore. He’s never stayed with a girl longer than a few nights, and with it being their last year in college, Syd doesn’t want to risk their friendship by declaring her love.

Kyler has always put Syd on a pedestal that was too high for him to reach. To him, she’s perfect and she’s everything. But the feelings he has for her, he’s always hidden away or focused on any other female. After all, Kyler will always be the poor boy from the wrong side of tracks, and Syd will always be the one girl he can never have.

But when they’re stranded together at a posh ski resort due to a massive Nor’easter, there’s nothing stopping their red-hot feelings for each other from coming to the surface. Can their friendship survive the attraction? Better yet, can they survive at all? Because as the snow falls, someone is stalking them, and this ski trip may be a life-changer in more ways than one.

To Buy:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

Also, in celebration of the (early) release of Frigid, Jennifer is having a giveaway on her blog!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Rainbow Rowell's "Attachments"

I finished this book, "Attachments" by Rainbow Rowell, a week or so ago and I've had it sitting next to my computer ever since while I try to figure out how to review it. I give up. This book is so good. I love it, I stuck a million post its in it, and I'm going to have to buy my own copy.

This book is a series of emails between friends Beth and Jennifer at the newspaper where they work. Alternating chapters are about Lincoln, the IT guy tasked with reading the emails that are flagged by the system. Beth and Jennifer's emails end up in his folder of emails to read a lot, and so he reads a lot of emails between the two, and he comes to care for the friends.

I can't adequately describe the awesomeness of this book, so really, I'm not even trying. There are deep moments of examining the purpose in one's life -

"It's just that getting paid to do nothing is a constant reminder that I'm doing nothing," Lincoln said. "And doing nothing takes more energy than you think. I'm tired all the time."

and there are subtle and awesome pop culture references (let me know when you find the awesome Field of Dreams reference!

So just go, go read it.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Julie Anne Lindsey's "Deceived"

I received a digital ARC of this book, "Deceived," by Julie Anne Lindsey, via Netgalley. From Goodreads:

When Elle's father, a single parent and a big shot in corporate insurance, moves her to yet another boarding school for senior year, Elle is disgusted when nothing changes. Her night terrors don't go away, and, soon, despite her father's caring calls and visits, Elle starts to believe she's losing her mind. She knows she's being followed; a ribbon is tied around her doorknob, and there are those cigarette butts that keep turning up on the doormat, in violation of a strict smoking ban on campus. Then there's Bryan, an intriguing boy Elle meets at a flea market and later finds out is a student at her school. Yet on campus, he pretends he doesn't recognize her - until the day he divulges just how much danger she's in. In her search for an answer to all the madness, Elle unravels the truth about her dad's real identity, why someone has lied to her all her life, and the terrifying truth that she may be the only one who can save her from the one who's following her now.

So sounds pretty good, right? It was okay but I had some problems with it. My biggest problem was that the book was really confusing and it was hard to say what was happening. It occurs to me that it's probably that way so you can sense what it's like to be Elle - confused and scared - but I'm not sure it was done amazingly well. For instance, there's a guy (of course there is) and at some point she asks him how old he is, but she instantly regrets having asked this seemingly silly question. Elle's father is seemingly overprotective and dismissive of her at the same time. Elle is scared and miserable at her school, but when her dad offers to take her out, she's suddenly insistent that she wants to stay, and she's happy to remain, even though she's pretty sure she's being stalked. She comes to think maybe the hottie is her stalker, but if he's not, she's pretty sure he's great and they're meant to be.

Also, Elle and her friend, Pixie, pass notes, but the notes are typed up as dialogue in quotation marks, and it's pretty confusing. Some scene transitions are missing or aren't done well enough to be obvious. At one point Elle is at the library and I have no idea how she got there - she hadn't even said she was going?

Favorite quote:

"Boldness and I weren't close."

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Tammara Webber's "Easy"

This book I read because my friend Becca, aka the Book and Cat Librarian, was livid about the fact some ninny plagiarized it. Plagiarism! Anyway, I decided that I would give the book a try, even if it is called "Easy" and features your token tattooed-but-not-a-bad-boy boy.

From Goodreads:

Rescued by a stranger.
Haunted by a secret
Sometimes, love isn’t easy…

He watched her, but never knew her. Until thanks to a chance encounter, he became her savior…

The attraction between them was undeniable. Yet the past he’d worked so hard to overcome, and the future she’d put so much faith in, threatened to tear them apart.

Only together could they fight the pain and guilt, face the truth—and find the unexpected power of love.

A groundbreaking novel in the New Adult genre, Easy faces one girl's struggle to regain the trust she's lost, find the inner strength to fight back against an attacker, and accept the peace she finds in the arms of a secretive boy.

This was actually a pretty good book. It has a few important lessons about being safe, self defense, taking control of your life . . . and sexy times! So good stuff. 

A favorite non-spoilery quote:

"I had to stop linking every single thing that happened to me with Kennedy. Realization dawned then, that he was still my default. Over the past three years, we'd become each other's habit. And though he'd broken his habit of me when he walked away, I'd not broken my habit of him. I was still tethering him to my present, to my future. The truth was, he now belonged to my past only, and it was time I begun to accept it, as much as it hurt to do so."

(That's a non official video, but I like it better than the official video. Enjoy!)

Monday, July 1, 2013

Cover Reveal: Jennifer Armentrout's "Origin"

Let's not mess around with words here, when we have shirtless Daemon to look at.

When I read Jennifer L. Armetrout's "Obsidian" in December, I instantly fell in love with JLA's books. The Lux series was my first JLA book and I just loved it, and from there I read "Onyx" and then my dad bought me "Opal" for Christmas. When I saw a chance to be a part of the cover reveal for "Origin," I once again replied almost instantly. 

What a great email I woke up to this morning - this cover! It's not as pretty as the other covers, but it's got Daemon's I-Can't-Believe-They-Messed-With-My-Woman vibe going on so I love it. Looooove. He's mad, he's on a mission, he's knocking down everything in his path to save the woman he loves! (Psst, if you haven't read "Obsession" yet, there's a teeny tiny bit of Daemon on a mission in it). 

So here's the official info I received from the publisher on "Origin," which releases on August 27th - I can't wait!

ORIGIN official Blurb:

Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.
After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything.  

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on? And will they even be together?


# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.


Additional links to Jennifer’s pages: