Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Teaser Tuesday 5/24

                              

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted MizB at Books and a Beat!
To participate, all you have to do is:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can ad the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers!
 
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And maybe...maybe it wouldn't get better. Rider had said nothing lasted forever, but some things, some scars, ran too deep to ever fade away.
Chapter 27, page 344
 













What are you reading this week?
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Monday, May 23, 2016

Cover Reveal: Olivia Decoded (Olivia Twisted #2) by Vivi Barnes

             

Today we are happy to join Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours, Entangled Teen and Vivi Barnes in the reveal of Vivi's upcoming novel, Olivia Decoded (Olivia Twisted #2).

Olivia Decoded (Olivia Twisted #2)
by Vivi Barnes
The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: September 6, 2016
Publisher: Entangled Teen
320 Pages

The long-anticipated follow-up to Olivia Twisted is an action-packed thriller full of romance, intrigue, and of course computer hacking.

Eight months after Jack left her on her balcony, Liv is now happily settled into life with her grandfather and a senior at the uppity Dalton Academy. When she receives roses and an expensive bracelet on Valentine’s Day, she suspects Jack is behind it. But when the gifts begin getting creepy, she enlists his and Sam’s help to discover who the stalker is.

Jack is busy helping Nancy run the Briarcreek home, which is also now home to the displaced girls of the defunct escort service, including Maggie, his ex-girlfriend. When Nancy tells him someone is hacking into their house accounts and stealing money, Jack puts Micah on duty to discover who’s behind it. He’s shocked when they discover that the hacking is traceable to his computer—and that it was used to purchase an expensive bracelet—the same one someone sent to Liv.

Jack and Liv must work together to figure out who is stalking her and setting him up as a thief in his own house and put a stop to it for good.



 Olivia: He tilts my chin up so my eyes meet his, his thumb brushing lightly across my lips. I close my eyes. I know Z is trouble. I know that being with him is going to get me into trouble. I don’t care.

At least at this moment, I don’t care.

Tossed from foster home to foster home, Olivia’s seen a lot in her sixteen years. She’s hardened, sure, though mostly just wants to fly under the radar until graduation. But her natural ability with computers catches the eye of Z, a mysterious guy at her new school. Soon, Z has brought Liv into his team of hacker elite—break into a few bank accounts, and voila, he drives a motorcycle. Follow his lead, and Liv might even be able to escape from her oppressive foster parents. As Liv and Z grow closer, though, so does the watchful eye of Bill Sykes, Z’s boss. And he’s got bigger plans for Liv…

Z: I can picture Liv’s face: wide-eyed, trusting. Her smooth lips that taste like strawberry Fanta. It was just a kiss. That’s all. She’s just like any other girl.<

Except that she’s not.

Thanks to Z, Olivia’s about to get twisted.

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Big thanks to Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours and Entangled Teen for allowing Book Jems to join them in this release! We are so looking forward to reading the book, and we just absolutely adore the cover!

 

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Book Review: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: February 26, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
335 Pages

Bono met his wife in high school, Park says.
So did Jerry Lee Lewis, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be, she says, we’re 16.
What about Romeo and Juliet?
Shallow, confused, then dead.
I love you,
Park says.
Wherefore art thou, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be.

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love—and just how hard it pulled you under.

 
 
 
“You can be Han Solo. And I’ll be Boba Fett, I’ll cross the sky for you.”

To say this book was adorable doesn’t quite cut it. It’s more like the relationship between Eleanor and Park was adorable but everything around them was a nightmare. Which I feel gave this book an emotional depth that wouldn’t have been there if it had just been a story of first love. And I felt that way all the way up until the end.
Eleanor has had a hard life. After upsetting her stepfather one day, her mother leaves her at a neighbors house to let him cool off. A year later, Eleanor is allowed to live with her family again. If you can really call it living. A family of 7, I believe, living in a two bedroom house with an alcoholic/abusive stepfather and a mother who’s too scared to do anything about it. They barely have money for food or clothes. That plus Eleanor’s weight and eccentric style make her an easy target when she starts a new school.
Park is the complete opposite of Eleanor. His family is together and intact, loving – even if his father is constantly pushing Park to be more. Even though he’s half Korean, Park is accepted for who he is. He has friends and has a very easy going attitude about everything. He loves comics and martial arts. And he’s not too sure about Eleanor when she steps on his bus.
They agreed about everything important and argued about everything else.
Rowell captures first love perfectly. From the awkward glances to the small touches to the butterflies that all lead up to the confusing feelings. Every aspect of that is covered here. And that’s what drove the book for me. I adored everything about Park – his family, his hobbies, the way he loved, just everything. Eleanor was a little harder for me to warm up to but I believe that’s just because of her harsh exterior. I felt for her, I really did. And I wanted to strangle her mother because what kind of mother just watches her children get treated the way they were? She lost all respect from me in the first few pages. I mean, she left her kid with a neighbor for over a year and during that time, moved away.
The underlying story of abuse was there throughout the entire book. And Eleanor’s stepfather, just ew. When the depths of his grossness are revealed, I felt icky. Like I needed a bath to get away from him. But when all that is revealed, that’s when I felt the story started falling apart. And it was literally just in the last few chapters. The ending was very unsatisfying for me. I’ve read some articles of the author talking about why she ended it the way she did, but it still doesn’t sit well with me. There’s too many questions. Too many open plot points. And then just the frustration of not knowing. Like literally, what the hell happened? I get wanting the readers to take away their own ending but I just feel…I don’t know, shorted. I didn’t even need a happy ending, just an ending.

 

Friday, May 20, 2016

Friday Finds 5/20

Wow, can't believe May is almost over! It's that time again. Time for Friday Finds hosted by Babs over at Babs Book Bistro. So what did I find this week?



Dang! That's a lot of book finds in a week. Most of them came from recommendations from friends, but not going to lie, I've been waiting on Problem with Forever for awhile now and did a little happy dance when it showed up at my door.

Friday Finds showcases the books you 'found' and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list...whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library - wherever! (they aren't necessarily books you purchased).

What did you find this week?

 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Teaser Tuesday 5/17



Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted MizB at Books and a Beat!
To participate, all you have to do is:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can ad the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers!
 
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I opened the drawers of the vanity searching for a scarf or something to cover the bruise peeking over the collar of my blue tunic, but then paused and glared at myself in the mirror. He'd acted like a brute and a savage, and if he'd come to senses by this morning then seeing what he'd done would be minimal punishment.
 
Chapter 22
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
What are you reading this week?
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Monday, May 16, 2016

ARC Review: Shut Out (Bayard Hockey #) by Kelly Jamieson

The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: June 7, 2016
Publisher: Loveswept
274 Pages

From the bestselling author of the Heller Brothers Hockey series comes the first novel of a new hockey romance series featuring a college team whose players are heating things up both on and off the ice.
 
The Bayard College hockey team isn’t where Jacob Flass thought he’d be a season ago. He was a rising star in the Canadian major junior league, cruising toward a spot on an NHL roster—until a single disastrous night on the town brought it all crashing down. Now he’s out of options, except for playing well, studying hard, and staying away from girls. He’s not supposed to be flirting with the hottest, sweetest chick he’s ever met. But how could he possibly stay away?
 
Skylar Lynwood knows that Jacob is out of her league. She’s just trying to go with the flow, which isn’t easy when six feet and four inches of total hockey hunkiness is making a play for her one moment, then giving her the cold shoulder the next. Skylar’s head tells her that this rugged athlete isn’t worth her time, but her body says something altogether different. Risking her heart for Jacob may be the craziest thing she’s ever done . . . but she won’t let him shut her out.

 
*Warning: This book may be a trigger for some. It deals with sexual assault.*
To say this book surprised me would be an understatement. I went into this book with the attitude that this was going to be your typical sports NA book – girl reluctantly falls for bad boy athlete, some misunderstanding happens, happy ending, lots of sex – and while some of those things did happen, Shut Out also focused on a major problem surrounding college athletes – sexual assault.
Up and comer Jake Flass is well on his way to becoming an NHL player, his goal since he was a child, when one night with his a few of his teammates sends everything spiraling out of control. He’s kicked off of the team and sent to play college hockey in upstate NY – a far cry from the his place on Canadian junior league. But Jake is determined and his plan is simple – keep his head down, focus on hockey and his new classes, and no girls. Then he meets Skylar.
Skylar’s had a rough past year. With the death of one of her closest friends and her inability to live up to her sister’s greatness weighing heavy on her, she sets out on a mission with no distractions. Throwing herself into volunteer work helps greatly with that, however, she never planned on Jake Flass showing up in her group.
 
I’m always weary when I pick up a hockey book. Why? Because most of the time the game is written completely wrong. Tip: if you don’t know a sport, either don’t write about it or don’t try to do play-by-plays of games. Your inexperience will come across to those who are diehard fans, like moi. Anyway, Jamieson either knows hockey inside and out or did her research because she was on point. From the way leagues are set up to how the juniors feed into the NHL. I loved the passion in Jake for the sport and how he related it to physics. He was smart and knew what he wanted and he knew the game. I rooted for him. I wanted him to succeed. And the chemistry between him and Sky was palpable. It just radiated off the screen of my kindle. They were playful and adorable, but also helpful and mindful of each other. Each just wanting the other to succeed, but also not wanting to compromise on their own goals.
 
So where’s the sexual assault in all of this? I don’t want to spoil the book but I will say that there are a few instances where this topic becomes apparent. While at times the way the characters delivered the information seemed a little self-helpish, the message still came across. Maybe this is just so fresh in my mind because I’d recently watched The Hunting Ground but this story just felt so important right now. Jamieson doesn’t shy away from the stigma or gloss over the assaults. She brings it to the forefront of the story. Jamieson talks about how much colleges rely on their sporting teams for funding and are more reluctant to report issues or discipline their athletes. About how a high percentage of sexual assaults are perpetrated by athletes. How the mentality of a star athlete boarders on entitled. This is something that has always been going on but has just been recently discussed in mainstream media and I applaud Jamieson for bringing it up here.

I received a copy of this ebook from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Friday Finds 5/13

Happy Friday the 13th! Does anyone else like to celebrate this day with a horror movie marathon or is that just me? Anyway, it's time for Friday Finds hosted by MizB over at Books and a Beat. So what did I find this week?




Friday Finds showcases the books you 'found' and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list...whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library - wherever! (they aren't necessarily books you purchased).

What did you find this week?


 

 
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