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Friday, May 22, 2015

King by Ellen Oh

King by Ellen Oh
"All eyes are on her. Kira, once an outcast in her home village of Hansong, is now the only one with the power to save her kingdom. Kira braves a sea of tigers and battles armies of demons as she learns to trust herself, the romantic feelings for Jaewon that are growing within her, and the destiny that must be hers."- summary from Amazon

The final book in Oh's Dragon King Chronicles is the perfect ending to this fantastically written series. Kira's journey in this book tests her strength and determination several times over, and she beats the odds every time. Oh portrays Kira so realistically as she goes through these fantastical obstacles and quests, and of course it's always nice to see some diversity in our fantasy heroines. The Asian-inspired culture of the fantasy world really adds an extra layer of depth to the whole trilogy.

I still really enjoyed her relationship with Jaewon. There's some great tension there that she's not allowing herself to feel because of all that's going on around her, but it's easy to tell she feels most comfortable around him and very close to him. The endgame of it is inevitable, but the how makes it so worthwhile.

Overall, such a wonderful series and I'm so eager to see what Oh has in store for us next. I cannot say enough good things about it; please go check it out if you're a fantasy fan.

FTC: Received ARC from publisher. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Blog Tour- What Remains by Helene Dunbar

What Remains by Helene Dunbar
In less than a second...

... two of the things Cal Ryan cares most about--a promising baseball career and Lizzie, one of his best friends--are gone forever.

In the hours that follow...

...Cal's damaged heart is replaced. But his life will never be the same.

Everyone expects him to pick up the pieces and move on.

But Lizzie is gone, and all that remains for Cal is an overwhelming sense that her death was his fault. And a voice in his head that just...won't...stop.

Cal thought he and his friends could overcome any obstacle. But grief might be the one exception.
And that might take a lifetime to accept...

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Dunbar has another winner with this quiet but powerful book about friendship, guilt, romance, and heart transplants. It's such a compelling, poignant read that I strongly urge you all to go out and read it!

Helene Dunbar is the author of THESE GENTLE WOUNDS (Flux, 2014) and WHAT REMAINS (Flux, 2015). Over the years, she's worked as a drama critic, journalist, and marketing manager, and has written on topics as diverse as Irish music, court cases, theater, and Native American Indian tribes. She lives in Nashville with her husband and daughter, and exists on a steady diet of readers' tears.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Wild by Sophie Jordan

Wild by Sophie Jordan
"Months after her boyfriend dumped her, Georgia can still hear the insults he hurled at her. Boring. Predictable. Tame. Tired of feeling bad, she’s ready to change her image, and go a little wild. What better way to prove her ex wrong than a hot night of sexual adventure at the secret campus kink club?

In the shadowy den of the kink club, she unexpectedly runs into Logan Mulvaney, her friend’s little brother. A player extraordinaire too hot for his own good, he may be younger, but the guy is light years ahead when it comes to sexual experience. Now he’s telling her to go home—“good girls” don’t belong here!

Georgia is tired of having others define her. She’s going to teach Logan a lesson he won’t forget—one white hot, mind-wrecking kiss . . . that leads to another . . . and another . . . and. . . . Realizing she’s way in over her head, Georgia runs.

Only Logan won’t let her go. Everywhere she goes he’s there, making her want every inch of him. Making her forget who she is. Who he is. And just how wrong they are for each other."- summary from Amazon

I absolutely loved reading Jordan's new adult book; I've received copies of the whole trilogy but this was the first one I'd read, and I'm really intrigued to read the other two. Both characters from the previous two books and their romantic leads appear in this book as well, so it's nice to learn a bit about their future before reading how they got there.

FTC: Received finished paperback from publisher. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle

Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle
"When Paige Townsen gets plucked from high school obscurity to star in the movie adaptation of a blockbuster book series, her life changes practically overnight. Within a month, Paige has traded the quiet streets of her hometown for a bustling film set on the shores of Maui, and she is spending quality time with her costar Rainer Devon, one of People's Sexiest Men Alive. But when troubled star Jordan Wilder lands the role of the other point in the movie's famous love triangle, Paige's crazy new life begins to resemble her character's.

In this exciting tale of romance and drama, both on-and offscreen, Paige must adjust to a crazy new life without the daily support of her friends and family, while figuring out who she is--and who she wants--as the whole world watches."- summary from Amazon

I absolutely adore books about the celebrity lifestyle, and this is pretty much the best book about it that I've come across. It was such a fun, engrossing read about Paige's rise to super-stardom as she is selected to be the heroine in an adaptation of a bestselling Young Adult trilogy, and how she deals with the love triangle of her two sexy male co-stars. Soon, life is imitating art (at least in that respect of the book, not any other aspect- they don't get stuck on an island after a crash).

FTC: Received e-galley from Netgalley. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.

Friday, May 8, 2015

From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess by Meg Cabot

From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess by Meg Cabot
"Olivia Grace Clarisse Mignonette Harrison is a completely average twelve-year-old: average height, average weight, average brown hair of average length, average brown skin and average hazel eyes. The only things about her that aren't average are her name (too long and princess themed), her ability to draw animals (useful for her future career as a wildlife illustrator), and the fact that she is a half-orphan who has never met her father and is forced to live with her aunt and uncle (who treat her almost like their own kids, so she doesn't want to complain).

Then one completely average day, everything goes wrong: the most popular girl in school, Annabelle Jenkins, threatens to beat her up, the principal gives her a demerit, and she's knocked down at the bus stop . . .

Until a limo containing Princess Mia Thermopolis of Genovia pulls up to invite her to New York to finally meet her father, who promptly invites her to come live with him, Mia, Grandmère and her two fabulous poodles . . . .

Maybe Olivia Grace Clarisse Mignonette Harrison isn't so average after all!"- summary from Amazon

I absolutely loved this new middle-grade book from Meg Cabot, which is her second middle-grade series and first spin-off/companion book. It fits in perfectly with the Princess Diaries style and humor, and it's so great to see a new perspective on Mia and her family. It also provides a new heroine to root for, and an interesting parallel and deeper insight into what happens in Royal Wedding (the 11th Princess Diaries book and first adult book for the series, not counting Mia's novel Ransom My Heart).

Olivia Grace is a fun character, though because of her living situation, her confidence and self-esteem are a bit lacking. Her guardians treat her poorly and are pretty horrible people. Her school life isn't much better, though she does have a good friend on her side, which is nice to see. The book is a breezy, fun read and I pretty much zoomed through it because I could not put it down (and then immediately had the desire to re-read the parts of Royal Wedding that dealt with that timeline). What makes it even more fun is the illustrations from Cabot, which are the first she's ever done for a book; they add a great layer to the book and are used as an endearing character trait for Olivia.

Overall, a fantastic debut to a new middle-grade series, and I'm excited to see where things go from here. Plus, it'll be nice to have this as a way of checking in occasionally on Mia, Michael, Grandmere and everyone else. The book will be released May 19!

Don't forget I'm running a contest on this post for a hardcover of this book and a tiara!!

FTC: Received ARC from publisher. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.