Monday, February 20, 2017

Such a Ginger Read: 1st Edition


Recently a friend of mine commented on one of my Instagram pics, where I suggested a book sounded like something I'd definitely read. They referred to it as "Such a Ginger Read". Then another friend took it one step further, commenting that I should have stickers made in gold foil pineapples with that same quote on it. I loved this idea so much that it's now going to be a feature on my blog! Just imagine there are stickers to go with.


Some Kind of Magic by Mary Ann Marlowe
Published: January 31, 2017 by Kensington Publishing
Source: ebook
About the book: In this sparkling debut novel, Mary Ann Marlowe introduces a hapless scientist who's swept off her feet by a rock star—but is it love or just a chemical reaction?...

Biochemist Eden Sinclair has no idea that the scent she spritzed on herself before leaving the lab is designed to enhance pheromones. Or that the cute, grungy-looking guy she meets at a gig that evening is Adam Copeland. As in the Adam Copeland international rock god and object of lust for a million women. Make that a million and one. By the time she learns the truth, she's already spent the (amazing, incredible) night in his bed.

Suddenly Eden, who's more accustomed to being set up on disastrous dates by her mom, is going out with a gorgeous celebrity who loves how down-to-earth and honest she is. But for once, Eden isn't being honest. She can't bear to reveal that this overpowering attraction could be nothing more than seduction by science. And the only way to know how Adam truly feels is to ditch the perfume—and risk being ditched in turn.

Smart, witty, and sexy, Some Kind of Magic is an irresistibly engaging look at modern relationships why we fall, how we connect, and the courage it takes to trust in something as mysterious and unpredictable as love. [goodreads]

A perfect blend of romance, humor, and adventure -- throw in a hot musician, a whimsical premise, and part of the story set abroad -- this is SUCH A GINGER READ! I loved every page, devouring it in almost one sitting, I could not put it down! At first glance this story has all the makings of a "fun read", but it took me by surprise when I found myself tearing up in parts. I love when a novel takes my emotions on an unexpected ride.

If you haven't seen me gushing about this one lately on my social media platforms, then I hope my first edition of "Such a Ginger Read" definitely puts it on your radar. It really is such a Ginger read.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Save the Date: Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman


Save the Date is a fabulous feature created by Jamie from The Perpetual Page-Turner. The idea behind this feature is to get the word out early for books we've read before the pub date, but our full review won't be posted until later, closer to its publication.



About the book: Kissing Max Holden was a terrible idea...

After his father has a life-altering stroke, Max Holden isn't himself. As his long-time friend, Jillian Eldridge only wants to help him, but she doesn't know how. When Max climbs through her window one night, Jill knows that she shouldn't let him kiss her. But she can't resist, and when they're caught in the act by her dad, Jill swears it'll never happen again. Because kissing Max Holden is a terrible idea.

With a new baby sibling on the way, her parents fighting all the time, and her dream of culinary school up in the air, Jill starts spending more and more time with Max. And even though her father disapproves and Max still has a girlfriend, not kissing Max is easier said than done. Will Jill follow her heart and allow their friendship to blossom into something more, or will she listen to her head and stop kissing Max Holden once and for all? [goodreads]

to be published August 1, 2017 by Swoon Reads

At first glance this book appears to have all the ingredients for a sweet, sugary YA contemp. However, after a few chapters the ingredients begin to marinate & simmer in a story about family, young love, & the deep emotions that can both break & bind those relationships.

Katy Upperman delivers a swoon-worthy read that will break your heart, but remind us how to mend those broken pieces, too. If you're a fan of YA contemporary stories that dig deeper than the surface and present real-life challenges teens face today, then I highly recommend this story. Katy Upperman is a debut novelist to keep on your radar.


Monday, January 30, 2017

Save the Date: In a Perfect World by Trish Doller


Save the Date is a fabulous feature created by Jamie from The Perpetual Page-Turner. The idea behind this feature is to get the word out early for books we've read before the pub date, but our full review won't be posted until later, closer to its publication.





About the book: Caroline Kelly is excited to be spending her summer vacation working at the local amusement park with her best friend, exploring weird Ohio with her boyfriend, and attending soccer camp with the hope she’ll be her team’s captain in the fall.

But when Caroline’s mother is hired to open an eye clinic in Cairo, Egypt, Caroline’s plans are upended. Caroline is now expected to spend her summer and her senior year in a foreign country, away from her friends, her home, and everything she’s ever known.

With this move, Caroline predicts she’ll spend her time navigating crowded streets, eating unfamiliar food, and having terrible bouts of homesickness. But what she finds instead is a culture that surprises her, a city that astounds her, and a charming, unpredictable boy who challenges everything she thought she knew about life, love, and privilege.

From critically acclaimed author Trish Doller comes an honest, hopeful, and romantic story about the barriers we tear down for the people and places we love most. [goodreads]
to be published May 23, 2017 by Simon Pulse


Reading any early copy of Trish Doller's work is always a privilege and an honor. She blew me away with her debut, Something Like Normal -- only to wow me yet again with Where the Stars Still Shine and The Devil You Know. Her next novel went above and beyond my expectations, lodging itself inside my heart, in a space I didn't quite know how to fill. Our world, especially today, needs more diverse books like this one.

I was not prepared for the journey this story took me on. Trish Doller has given us a gift with this one. I love the culture of Egypt as we're witnessing it for the first time through Caroline's young eyes. Though she is miles & miles away from her homeland, she comes to realize that we all share different variations of values, customs, dreams, & ideas. I really identified with her want to experience it all, while keeping an open mind. But I also understood her frustrations of being a young girl, in a culture so different than her own. The romance in this story is full of swoons & innocence, that only Trish Doller can deliver in just the right amount of doses.

Add this one to your TBR, and in the meantime get to know her previous work if you haven't yet -- she is such an exceptional writer.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Underrated/Hidden Gem Books


Sometimes I come across a book that hasn't received a lot of buzz and I think to myself, why aren't more people reading this??!  When I saw this week's Top Ten Tuesday prompt, I got insanely excited because NOW I have a platform to shout these fantastic titles from! All of the below books are contemporary YA and have been published within the last five years. Please let me know in the comments if you've read any of them, or if you see something you might like to read. As always, I'm here for book talk!

Ten Underrated/Hidden Gem Books


Breakfast Served Anytime by Sarah Combs [add to goodreads]
Unbreak My Heart by Melissa Walker [add to goodreads]
In Honor by Jessi Kirby [add to goodreads]


Harmonic Feedback by Tara Kelly [add to goodreads]
Live Through This by Mindi Scott [add to goodreads]
The Survival Kit by Donna Freitas [add to goodreads]
Saving June by Hannah Harrington [add to goodreads]


The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta [add to goodreads]
Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller [add to goodreads]
The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler [add to goodreads]



Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Thursday, December 29, 2016

2017 Books: What To Read!


With the new year just around the corner in a few days, I wanted to feature some of the books I am most looking forward to reading in 2017. I've got an ongoing list on my goodreads if you'd like to see all of my 2017 reads I've got an eye on: CLICK HERE - both YA & Adult. Below you'll find my most anticipated reads, aka the books I am dying to get my hands on & plan to read immediately when I do! Let me know in the comments if you plan to read any as well, or tell me what you're most looking forward to reading in the new year.



Dating You/Hating You by Christina Lauren
To be published: June 6, 2017
About the book: All’s fair in love and work. The first standalone romance by New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Christina Lauren (Beautiful Bastard) is a sexy, compulsively readable romantic comedy that dives headlong into the thrill and doubt of modern love.

Despite the odds against them from an embarrassing meet-awkward at a mutual friend’s Halloween party, Carter and Evie immediately hit it off. Even the realization that they’re both high-powered agents at competing firms in Hollywood isn’t enough to squash the fire.

But when their two agencies merge—causing the pair to vie for the same position—all bets are off. What could have been a beautiful, blossoming romance turns into an all-out war of sabotage. Carter and Evie are both thirtysomething professionals—so why can’t they act like it?

Can Carter stop trying to please everyone and see how their mutual boss is really playing the game? Can Evie put aside her competitive nature long enough to figure out what she really wants in life? Can their actor clients just be something close to human? Whether these two Hollywood love/hatebirds get the storybook Hollywood ending or just a dramedy of epic proportions, you will get to enjoy Christina Lauren’s heartfelt, raucous, and hilarious romance style at its finest. [goodreads]
If it's got Christina Lauren's name on it, you know I'm going to read it! This writing duo is one of my favorites when it comes to Adult contemporary romance, and this particular story has got me giddy with heart eyes. I am such a fan of hate-to-love stories when it's full of witty banter and fun sexual tension. This story has the makings of all that plus so much more. Is it June yet?!


Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
To be published: May 2, 2017
About the book: Lara Jean’s letter-writing days aren’t over in this surprise follow-up to the New York Times bestselling To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You.

Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.

But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.

When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to? [goodreads]
Pretty sure I'm one among thousands patiently waiting to read this one. I absolutely love Jenny Han, and these books about Lara Jean and Peter, so obviously I am anxious to see how their story will end with this one. Will my heart be able to take it?! I sure hope so!


Once and for All by Sarah Dessen
To be published: June 6, 2017
About the book: As bubbly as champagne and delectable as wedding cake, Once and for All, Sarah Dessen's thirteenth novel, is set in the world of wedding planning, where crises are routine.

Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that's why she's cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm's length. But Ambrose isn't about to be discouraged, now that he's met the one girl he really wants.

Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself. [goodreads]
It's not summertime unless there's a Sarah Dessen novel to read and I am extremely excited for her next book to be published just as summer 2017 begins! I'm a fan of all her stories, but this one in particular peeked my interest for the wedding planning detail and the cynical approach to romance and happily ever afters from the MC. Dessen has a knack for creating enticing storylines, yet keeping them real and soulfully satisfying. I can't wait for this one!



Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman
To be published: August 1, 2017
About the book: Kissing Max Holden was a terrible idea...

After his father has a life-altering stroke, Max Holden isn't himself. As his long-time friend, Jillian Eldridge only wants to help him, but she doesn't know how. When Max climbs through her window one night, Jill knows that she shouldn't let him kiss her. But she can't resist, and when they're caught in the act by her dad, Jill swears it'll never happen again. Because kissing Max Holden is a terrible idea.

With a new baby sibling on the way, her parents fighting all the time, and her dream of culinary school up in the air, Jill starts spending more and more time with Max. And even though her father disapproves and Max still has a girlfriend, not kissing Max is easier said than done. Will Jill follow her heart and allow their friendship to blossom into something more, or will she listen to her head and stop kissing Max Holden once and for all? [goodreads]
This is my most anticipated debut read of 2017! And we have to wait until August!! I've followed Katy on social media and it's been so much fun witnessing her joys of becoming published for the first time -- what an amazing accomplishment! I love everything about the set-up for this story, especially the boy next door with potential to be more. I have a feeling Katy is going to wow us with this one!


The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord
To be published: May 16, 2017
About the book: Lucy Hanson was ready for a perfect summer with her boyfriend, working at her childhood Bible camp on the lake. But when her mom’s cancer reappears, Lucy falters—in faith, in love, and in her ability to cope. When her boyfriend “pauses” their relationship and her summer job switches to a different camp—one for troubled kids—Lucy isn’t sure how much more she can handle. Attempting to accept a new normal, Lucy slowly regains footing among her vibrant, diverse coworkers, Sundays with her mom, and a crush on a fellow counselor. But when long-hidden family secrets emerge, can Lucy set aside her problems and discover what grace really means? [goodreads]
Oh I do love me some Emery Lord books. And this one has a recipe for pure deliciousness! If you're new to Lord's books then let me explain: She can write a well balanced humor, wit, and heartfelt goodness wrapped in a timeless tale. I'm really looking forward to how the character will work herself through these obstacles on life, faith, and relationships. If Emery Lord is writing it, you know it's going to be good.


The Secret History of Us by Jessi Kirby
To be published: August 1, 2017
About the book: Gorgeously written and emotionally charged, The Secret History of Us explores the difficult journey of a teenage girl who must piece her life together after losing her memory in a near-fatal accident.

When Olivia awakes in a hospital bed following a car accident that almost took her life, she can’t remember the details about how she got there. She figures the fog is just a symptom of being in a week-long coma, but as time goes on, she realizes she’s lost more than just the last several days of her life—she’s lost her memory of the last four years. Gone is any recollection of starting or graduating high school; the prom; or her steady boyfriend Matt. Trying to figure out who she is feels impossible when everyone keeps telling her who she was.

As Liv tries to block out what her family and friends say about who she used to be, the one person she hasn’t heard enough from is Walker, the guy who saved her the night her car was knocked off that bridge into the bay below. Walker is the hardened boy who’s been keeping his distance—and the only person Olivia inexplicably feels herself with. With her feelings growing for Walker, tensions rising with Matt, and secrets she can’t help but feel are being kept from her, Olivia must find her place in a life she doesn’t remember living. [goodreads]
I love a good story about memory loss and how the character must put the pieces back together in order to find themselves, yet discover a whole new person in the process. Jessi Kirby is such an underrated YA author, in my opinion. I've been reading her novels since her debut & they just keep getting better & better. This one intrigues me so much and I cannot wait to read it!


Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios
To be published: June 13, 2017
About the book: Grace wants out. Out of her house, where her stepfather wields fear like a weapon and her mother makes her scrub imaginary dirt off the floors. Out of her California town, too small to contain her big city dreams. Out of her life, and into the role of Parisian artist, New York director—anything but scared and alone.

Enter Gavin: charming, talented, adored. Controlling. Dangerous. When Grace and Gavin fall in love, Grace is sure it's too good to be true. She has no idea their relationship will become a prison she's unable to escape.

Deeply affecting and unflinchingly honest, this is a story about spiraling into darkness—and emerging into the light again. [goodreads]
I have a feeling this one might break my heart. But sometimes my heart seeks out these types of stories because I'm in need of something to hold on to. I really enjoyed Demetrios's prior contemporary YA, so I already know she can deliver when it comes to the hard stuff. Summer 2017 is shaping up to be a very intense and enjoyable season of reading.


Comfort Zone by Sally Thorne
To be published: Summer 2017

[There is no description posted yet, but since I loved The Hating Game so much, I want to read everything Sally Thorne writes! Be sure to check my blog as soon as more info is released.]





 
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