Review: UP TO ME by Michelle Leighton

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Up To Me
By: M. Leighton
Received: From Author for Honest Review
Happily ever after doesn’t come easy. But for love, it’s always worth the fight.

Olivia finds bliss unlike any she’s ever known in Cash’s arms. He sets her skin on fire and melts her heart right inside her chest. Unfortunately, their happily ever after is short-lived when a shadow from Cash’s past threatens to turn their world upside down.

Dangerous people from his father’s world have discovered that Cash holds information that could put them away for a very long time. And they’re willing to do anything—and hurt anybody—to get it back. Giving it up means Cash must choose between the life of his father and the life of Olivia.

Having nearly overcome her wariness of bad boys, Olivia’s trust is shaken when this new threat arises. Now she finds that Cash is not only a danger to her heart, but his family has associations that are a danger to her life as well. She soon discovers that there are some situations in life where trust is a girl’s only option. And this is one of them. If she’s to live, she must trust Cash with her life. But to Olivia, that’s much, much easier than letting go and trusting him with her heart.

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Disclaimer:  This book is a sequel.  If you haven’t read Down To You, read that before reading this.  This review is spoiler free for book TWO but not for book one!
Let Me Start Off…
I have read MANY new adult books at this point, and there are two series that I love more than life.  The Bad Boys Series, and the Avoiding Series.  Each leaves me in such a stupor when I’m done its like.. a book hangover.  This book, no exception.  Michelle has done it again.  Okay.. on with the review.
So Basically…
Since we all know what happened LAST time, and the surprises of the double life, and the lies, that is where we pick up here.  We pick up with Olivia and Cash totally into each other, but having some issues. Can you blame the girl, though?  He lied to her from day one, I can’t say I don’t understand not trusting Cash entirely. But, we come full circle and we meet again with Marissa, who.. lets just say, shocks me in this book.  We knew some drama was about to unfold from the ending of Down To You, but what ACTUALLY happened was like.. damn.  I can’t exactly explain how Michelle does it, but she actually incorporated a decent amount of crime into a new adult novel.  And as a crime junkie, I LOVED that fact!  It was super awesome.  The book takes you on travels that you don’t expect, we meet some new characters, whom you will LIKELY love to hate, just like I did.  And we are left with yet another ending that made me want to cringe.  

What’d Ya Think?
Is it shocking that I loved it?  Just as much as book one, if not more.  The surprises are what kept me so in love with this book, and the sexy scenes of course, with CASH will neverrrr hurt!  But I loved that it almost seemed like this book was set up for you, but then CRASH BOOM BANG, uh no.  There are twists and turns that do not disappoint and are every bit as epic as the first book!  

MINI REVIEW: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn


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Gone Girl
by: Gillian Flynn

Marriage can be a real killer.


One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?

With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around

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Sell It In Sixty Seconds

Let’s just say that, when a book is hyped up as much as this one, I get nervous it will fail me.  This one right here, DESERVED the hype, the awards, the rave reviews.  A twist at every corner, a book that will keep you guessing til the very last page.  This is one in which you finish and you just sit there, almost startled, and thinking about it for a while.  There isn’t a book I can remember reading in recent times that kept me wanting to devour it more.  And MIND YOU I have read some five star reads lately! But thrillers are different, they take you to a place where many people’s minds don’t often travel.  I also think anyone who enjoys psychology, especially the psychology that goes into a relationship, will absolutely crave this one.  [ahem, yes, i was a psych major].  Don’t let the reviews scare you away, this is one that you need in your life.  A palette cleanser from contemporary, or romance, or holiday reads.  This author is now on my watch list.  For life.

Quick Comment:  If ever you’ve had a dilemma with how to feel about characters, especially main characters, this is it.  Nick and Amy are each likeable to a point, and hate-able to a point.  You’ll see.

Recommended For:  Thriller readers.  Those needing something different.  Those who love a good mind-fuck. [pardon my french]  Fans of: Lee Child, James Patterson, Harlen Coben
Rating: 5+/5 Yeah.  That’s right.  I rated it ABOVE the maximum.  That’s how invested I am in making you all read this one!

Review/Giveaway: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Hopeless
By: Colleen Hoover


Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.
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Summary:
The thing about the above synopsis is that it DOES tell you the plot, yet it totally does NOT do this book justice.  Unfortunately, I don’t want to spoil anything for you guys.  So all I am going to say that this is a story of appreciation of life, in all its forms and meanings.  Sky is a girl who thinks she has it all figured out, and her best friend Six is right there next to her at all times, until she isn’t.. Sky is luckily able to find another awesomely-awesome totally witty best friend, Breckin.  As per USUAL, Hoover’s secondary characters are top notch, and I can promise you that you will be wanting some more Breckin in your life!  He’s so animated and so perfectly matched with Sky, its just great.  Anywayyy, (sorry, total Breckin obsession).. we bring Holder into the picture [the deliciously delicious specimen] and Sky is in for a rude awakening.  Everything she thinks she knows about life and love, is about to be turned UPSIDE DOWN by Holder.  And so the storyline continues.. *I’m sorry I can’t give you more, but I just.. can’t.  You need to experience this on your own, guys!*

Review:
OH MY FREAKIN GOD.  Number one, I can’t believe that it is possible for me to love characters as much as I loved in Slammed and Point of Retreat.  But honestly.. guys.  I just did.  I had to relax for a little after completing this book.  It was just so beautiful and poignant and perfect.  I can’t even think of anything that I didn’t like.  There were things that I had figured out shortly before I was told, but that always happens. And then there were the THINGS that I was like, “OH NO WAY! No, no, let me re-read that to make sure..”.  Seriously.  This book.  Just.. this book.  Sky and Holder captivate you from the first page, and they will not let you out of their grasp until you finish.  Its too good.  The thing is, Colleen Hoover knows exactly how to tie together a pretty little book just right every SINGLE time.  The woman writes like she’s written forty books before, not three.  Its mind boggling how good this book is.  Its just.. Love.  This book IS love.  I don’t live it, I love it.  [You’ll understand that part when you read the book].  AND for the amazing price of $3.99, I mean, you CAN’T pass this up, and if you do, you’ll have ME to deal with!

Quotable:


Who Should Read This?:
Anyone with a pulse.  Any fan of Slammed, Pushing the Limits, or My Life Next Door.  This book has heart and soul that is sometimes hard to find in a contemporary novel.  It leaves you with so many emotions, and it will stay with you for a LONG time to come.  I finished this and OFFICIALLY named Colleen my FAVORITE author.  There’s no one that competes with her anymore.  There just isn’t.  First she gave me Will and Lake, and now she brings me Sky and  Holder.  She can’t be topped!  The woman is unstoppable.


PS.- BECAUSE I adored this book so so much, I am doing a giveaway for it!  Anyone with a Kindle or Nook can win an e-book copy of Hopeless!




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REVIEW: One Good Hustle

One Good Hustle 
by: Billie Livingston
Received: From the author 
The child of 2 con artists, 16-year-old Sammie Bell always prided herself on knowing the score. But now she finds herself backed into a corner. After a hustle gone dangerously wrong, her mother, Marlene, is sliding into an abyss of alcoholic depression, spending her days fantasizing aloud about death–a goal Sammie is tempted to help her accomplish. Horrified by the appeal of this, Sammie packs a bag and leaves her mother to her own devices.

With her father missing in action, she has nowhere else to go but the home of a friend with 2 parents who seem to actually love their daughter and each other–and who awkwardly try to extend some semblance of family to Sammie. Throughout a long summer of crisis among the normals, Sammie is torn between her longing for the approval of the con-man father she was named for and her desire for the “weird, spearmint-fresh feeling” of life in the straight world. Sammie wants to be normal but fears that where she comes from makes that beyond the realm of possibility.
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This review is relatively short for the sole purpose of not giving away spoilers.  If i speak too much, I will.  And no one likes a spoiler-y review.  That will be all.  A supremely HUGE thanks to Billie for giving me the pleasure of reading this novel! 

Summary:
So, as someone who has a huge liking for stories of an underdog, I had to read this.  I love stories where the girl/guy has it rough, and has to rise above the BS that surrounds them.  This literally, described Sammie’s life to a T.  
Sammie is raised by a hustler father and an alcoholic mother.  Cool life, right? Uh, no.  Poor Sammie just wants nothing more than to leave the shadows of her parents behind, but with a co-dependent mother.. this is way harder than it seems.  The life Sammie has been accustomed to, also seems to make her more closed off to real friendships, and even to love.  She has never really experienced what LOVE is, even from her parents.  This story chronicles her journey to what she hopes to be a normal life, and we get to see everything she encounters along the way.

Review:
I loved this.  Not because it was sent to me by Billie Livingston herself, not because Billie is WAY awesome, but just BECAUSE.  This is a book that I didn’t want to end, because I just wanted to keep following Sammie’s story.  I literally would LOVE a story of Sammie later in life, and may have to try my hardest to convince Billie to write that book!  [hehe].  But Sammie is just one of those characters.  You become attached to her, and feel for her.  And even at times want to shake her and be like “girl, snap back to reality!”.  But, the story ended where it did and… yeah.  I can’t say more because that would be giving things away, and I’m simply not going to do that!  This book was a five star read for me.  I adored it, and that was mostly because of the writing and the main character.  The hustles were pretty freakin’ great too!  I loved reading about cons and schemes and everything in that world, it was new to me, and I happen to know that Billie got one of the ideas from a real life NY hustler.  [way cool!].  

Who Should Read This?:
So, I reccommend this book to anyone who likes to watch someone who had it rough, grow up, and try to make it on their own.  And also to anyone who likes to fall in love with the main character.  ‘Cause, its an awesome read, and I can’t wait for more by Billie!
If you can get your hands on this, please do.  Its one of those that you 
won’t regret reading and will be uber happy you did.


REVIEW: Sam Cruz’s Infalliable Guide to Getting Girls

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Sam Cruz’s Infallible Guide to Getting Girls

by: Tellulah Darling
Why the hell can’t chicks be more like guys?

That question plagues high school senior Sam Cruz. Sam is perfectly happy being a player. He just wishes girls wouldn’t change the game from sex to relationships. It makes him look like an asshole. But when Sam’s best friend, Ally Klinger, gets dumped, she begs him to transform her into someone who can screw around then screw off. No risk of heartbreak that way. It’s Sam’s chance to create the perfect female AND cheer up his best friend. Armed with Sam’s Three Step Guide to Backseat Success, Ally gets the game better than Sam thought she would and before long, Sam has his wish: the female version of himself. Too bad it’s driving him nuts. Told from Sam’s and Ally’s alternating POVs, Sam Cruz’s Infallible Guide to Getting Girls is a fast-paced romantic comedy that follows these teens as they navigate the minefield of sex, love, and friendship. 

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A Quick Rundown:
This book very easily could have been a romantic comedy movie released for all us teens and adults alike who want to fall in love with the player and root for the couple that is the underdog.  Sam and Ally have been best friends for like, ever.  She’s never been the pretty girl, but suddenly she finds herself feeling like she needs to change a bit (can we say EVERY rom-com ever?, starting with Grease) to impress the opposite sex.  Enter Sam, the bffae-aeaeaeae to give her a magical makeover that makes her some sort of Goddess.  [Who knew makeup and wardrobe could change a person?] What happens next is to NEVER be expected… (sarcasm, ladies and gents!)

Review:
Its not that I didn’t like this book, because I did.  It was a light read, and it was cute.  Nothing intense, nothing unpredictable.  I would have preferred some unforseen moments, however.  Meaning.. I would like not to be able to write my books myself due to the cliche romantic comedy stereotype.  Sam and Ally were great characters, and each had a sassy little attitude and personality about them that were unique and quirky. I loved the “rules” that Sam had, and how he pretends to be a little hardass, but in reality.. the kid has a heart.  Ally was just adorable, I felt she could be my little sister that I had to help through the hard times and pressures of high school.  

Who Should Read This?
Anyone looking for a light, quick, fast-paced read should give this book a shot.  It is definitely cute, and for sure an easy read.  The characters are loveable, the only issue I had was for the younger audience (15 and below) this book definitely had some sexual moments that may not be appropriate.  Therefore, I would advise that you should be at least sixteen to dive into this one.  Tellulah Darling definitely has potential as an author, and I would not hesitate to pick up something else from her in the future!  My biggest gripe with the book – like I stated before was the predictability.  But, still a cute, light-hearted read!

-Because I received this book for review, I wasn’t aware of the WAY awesome price!  For both Nook and Kindle the book is only $3.99! A bargain for sure, so definitely makes it even more appealing!-
Cute and sweet, a good one for any reading slump




REVIEW: Slammed by Colleen Hoover

Slammed (Slammed#1)

Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she’s losing hope. 
Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry and a unique sense of humor. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope.
Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together, and the secret that keeps them apart
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A quick rundown:
Girl; Lake– going through an extremely emotional and difficult move with her mother and younger brother.  This all after losing her father.  Guy; Will- extremely good looking whom also has a younger brother the same age seems to be making naughty eyes at Layken.  I mean, what better way to start off your first day in a new state?  At least the girl seems to have finally caught a break.  Maybe Lake will be able to distract herself with the prospect of having a nice hottie boy to look at/hang out with/ who knows what else!  But… nothing is ever that easy, especially for these two!  We get to see the obstacles Will and Layken have to overcome to grow as people, not even together, but separately.  Colleen Hoover sure knows how to bring the tears!
Review:
There’s no way in hell to not give this book five stars/coffee cups/whatever you rate in!  I adored it.  Namely the two main characters, Will and Layken.  However, the supporting characters were amazing and JUST as vital to the story.  This book is a must read for anyone with a soul.  The second in the series, Point of Retreat was easy to devour and ALMOST just as raw, emotional, and perfect as Slammed.  Also, to anyone who HASN’T been to a poetry Slam, I advise going.  I personally have been to several and they really allow you to get to see the creative writing of others and feel things other people are conveying on stage.  It is an amazing thing to witness and be a part of.  
Why did I love it?:
There is something about a challenge that I always love.  Will has been faced with daily challenges for years now and Layken has just started her painful journey through life without her father.  Eddie, is another reason I adored this novel.  She is so real.  She’s THAT girl.. the one that sometimes you want to punch because she has no boundaries, but yet she has so much heart it just makes you want to hug her.  She was such a perfect asset to the story, and she helped make it feel oh so real.  There are few books I have ever come across that make me feel as much as Slammed has.  Slammed had me laughing, crying, aching, wondering, confused, and a whole other mess of emotions!  But mostly… Slammed left me breathless.  This book is a must read. And due to that fact..
I would like to announce that we will SOON be having Colleen Hoover on the blog for an interview!  (::claps:: ::cheers::)  I was lucky enough to land an interview with Colleen!  But before that, I will be posting a review for Point of Retreat [book two], and also an eBook giveaway for Slammed!  
Let’s finish this up with an ASTOUNDING five coffee cups!
Superb!

MINI REVIEW: Tell the Wolves I’m Home; Carol Rifka Brunt

Tell the Wolves I’m Home


In this striking literary debut, Carol Rifka Brunt unfolds a moving story of love, grief, and renewal as two lonely people become the unlikeliest of friends and find that sometimes you don’t know you’ve lost someone until you’ve found them.

1987. There’s only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and that’s her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn’s company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June’s world is turned upside down. But Finn’s death brings a surprise acquaintance into June’s life—someone who will help her to heal, and to question what she thinks she knows about Finn, her family, and even her own heart.

At Finn’s funeral, June notices a strange man lingering just beyond the crowd. A few days later, she receives a package in the mail. Inside is a beautiful teapot she recognizes from Finn’s apartment, and a note from Toby, the stranger, asking for an opportunity to meet. As the two begin to spend time together, June realizes she’s not the only one who misses Finn, and if she can bring herself to trust this unexpected friend, he just might be the one she needs the most.

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Sell it In Sixty Seconds:
This is Brunt’s debut novel, and needless to say it leaves you yearning for more from June and her story. This whole book is told through the eyes of a shattered young girl, whom is wise beyond her years.  Tell the Wolves I’m Home is a story that will stay with you long after finishing the last page, because the characters truly become your friends.  Brunt delivers angst, pain, love, loss, and tragedy all in one beautifully packaged book.  This is a do not miss.  One worth reading, and definitely worth owning as well. 
Recommend for: Adult fiction fans, contemporary fans, YA contemporary lovers who can stand some tough subject matter 
Rating:  5/5

Review: Confessions of an Angry Girl [Louise Rozett]


Confessions of an Angry Girl

(Confessions #1)

by Louise Rozett (Goodreads Author)

Rose Zarelli, self-proclaimed word geek and angry girl, has someconfessions to make…1. I’m livid all the time. Why? My dad died. My mom barely talks. My brother abandoned us. I think I’m allowed to be irate,don’t you?

2. I make people furious regularly. Want an example? I kissed Jamie Forta, a badass guy who might be dating a cheerleader. She is nowenraged and out for blood. Mine.

3. High school might as well be Mars. My best friend has been replaced by an alien, and I see red all the time. (Mars is red and “seeing red” means being angry—get it?)

Here are some other vocab words that describe my life: Inadequate. Insufferable. Intolerable.

(Don’t know what they mean? Look them up yourself.)
(Sorry. That was rude.)
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Summary:
Rose, a high school freshman is pushed into a world where she feels she does not belong. Things are changing, friendships are being tampered with, and nothing feels familiar anymore. Along the way, she encounters romances, scrutiny, rejection, and more. It is the telling tale of what it is to be young, and what hardships that sometimes means we have to deal with. Rose’s best friend, Tracy is now one of those “gotta be popular girls”, while Rose is just trying to make it through the days. Her crush has a cheerleader girlfriend, her father is dead, her mom and her barely speak. Rose’s brother, Peter; also may have left her known by some upperclassmen, since he has recently graduated and is now away at college. I mean, its not an easy freshman year for Rose, but it sure as hell an interesting one…

Review:
Rose. I just loved her. You can see her tortured soul peering out through the pages. The way Rozett writes her character is wonderful. Rose has a huge heart, but she can’t seem to find out what is worth giving it to, and what is not. You feel for Rose at the loss of her family in this book. Since her father is gone, it is hard enough. But, Peter, Rose’s brother is harboring resentment, which in turn, makes Rose even more angry than she already is.

There were excellent parts of this book. The romance with Jaime was really great. There was mystery and allure there. However, I felt it should have been expanded on. I wanted to hear more about Jaime, and his story. However.. I learned why that didn’t happen; in the end. [Read to find out]. The friendship with Tracy was done so well. Honestly, this is what happens in high school, people argue and fight and bicker, especially as teen girls. Rozett showcased that for the reader, and it was impeccably done. The character of Robert (aka, the boy pining after the girl who won’t have him) was hysterical. It was only funny because it is SO TRUE. Rose does have a tendency to take advantage of Robert, and he blatantly points this out. Think back to high school. Come on ladies! (and gentlemen) how many times did this happen? It is just amazing how much of this story I have witnessed in real life. It is probably why I loved it so much!

Overall, I really enjoyed Confessions of an Angry Girl. I will absolutely be back for more, because there are questions that I need answered. I’m hoping the things I am left wondering about (and ultimately the reason I rated the book a four instead of a five) are answered for me. I would definitely say for any fan of YA contemporary to give this one a look! If for anything, do it for Jaime. I don’t know why but he just pulled me in and there is mystery within him that I just need to know more about!

Confessions is being released August 28th, 2012.  Check it out!

Disclosure: I was given a review copy of this book through NetGalley and HarlequinTEEN, this however, does not effect my opinon whatsoever.  A big thank you to Harlequin for the opportunity to review this book*

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REVIEW: Last Summer; Rebecca Rogers

Last Summer

 by Rebecca A. Rogers (Goodreads Author)

All Chloe Sullivan wants to do is get through the summer. Her life has been in disarray for more than six months, and she knows the only reason her parents made one final trip to Sandy Shores is because of her. They are, after all, two seconds away from filing for divorce. When Chloe stumbles upon a boy in one of her childhood hangouts, she’s in for more than just a relaxing summer vacation. 

Logan Andrews is exhausted, famished and, quite frankly, kaput. His parents kicked him out when he refused to attend a rehabilitation program for his drug addiction. Now, he wishes he would’ve listened; he’d be receiving appropriate medical care rather than living in a dingy, godforsaken shack, holing up from money-hungry drug dealers. 

Logan’s godsend arrives in the form of Chloe, who can’t hold her tongue when it comes to matters of the heart. They’re both in for a rude awakening when Logan’s past catches up to them, though. Can they escape the drug dealers showing up at every twist and turn, or will things end much worse than they ever imagined? 

Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 18th 2012

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PLOT:
So this book is definitely New Adult.  That is for sure.  So, before you dive in be aware that there is strong sexual content as well as drug use.  ::WARNING OVER:: Moving on.  The book starts with Chloe and her family taking what is tentatively their last summer trip to Sandy Shores.  Her parents are no longer getting along, and everything seems to be falling apart around Chloe.  
Once she arrives at her summer home, she decides to get out for a while, after overhearing her father on the phone.  (So NOT cool, you will see.).  Upon entering a childhood spot, she finds Logan.  From here, we see the beginning of Logan’s story, and how his life is also coming apart.  As the story unfolds, Chloe & Logan both go through some more traumatic events, and even wind up in the middle of a few very dangerous situations.

I’m not sure what I was expecting going into Rebecca’s Last Summer.  This is my first indie novel that I have ever read.  I did not let that at all jade my opinion, or change the way I went into it.  The plot sounded awesome, and so I wanted to read it.  Nothing else matters.  Plus, after interviewing Rebecca, I got to see how awesome she was.  Which, only made me want to read Last Summer even more.

I must say, I loved the alternating viewpoints that Rebecca implemented into this novel.  It was pretty cool to get to see Logan, going through his withdrawals, as well as Chloe’s same take on the situation. Each character I connected with, each chapter was something totally new and exciting.  I absolutely loved the chemistry between Logan & Chloe, and I’m glad it wasn’t too insta-lovey for me.  (I’m picky with my romances!). 

As the characters unravel, and we see some family elements (Chloe’s parents, and Logan’s brother, specifically), we feel for each of our main characters.  They have been through so much, and they are so young!  Its truly sad.  However, I must say, Rebecca did a great job with such extreme content.  She really found a way to stress that none of these issues are light, nor easy to overcome.  And I for one, appreciated that.  

To say the least, I really, really enjoyed this book. I would recommend it to anyone who likes some good contemporary/new adult.  It is for sure, different than what I have read before, but different in a good way.  
I give Last Summer…
Don’t forget to see my interview 
with Rebecca Rogers right here.

Katie McGarry Q&A & Pushing the Limits Giveaway

We are very lucky to have with us today, 
a Q&A with Katie McGarry!  
Katie is the author of the fabulous new novel, 
Pushing the Limits!
Pushing the Limits is out today! And in honor of the release, we are hosting Katie here today, and offering up a finished hardcover copy of Pushing the Limits (US ONLY)!



To brief you, here is a bit about Katie.

Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and she remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings and reality television, and is a  secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.


Writing has given Katie an excuse to pursue her passions. Research for her books has provided her with the amazing opportunity to train with baseball players, ride along in a drag car at ninety-six miles per hour and experience boxing and mixed martial arts. Katie loves to visit schools and talk to teenagers about her research, writing and the truth that no dream is out of reach.

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Question and Answer with Katie

Q: What was your inspiration for writing Pushing the Limits?
A: I had two main inspirations: One, I knew from the beginning that I wanted to write a story in which my characters felt strong enough to leave their pasts behind and create new futures for themselves. The first scene I ever saw in my mind was Echo and Noah leaving town after graduation. Two, I wanted to write two characters who were facing over- whelming issues and who, through battling these issues, found hope at the end of their journey.
Q: How did you come up with Echo’s name?
A: Echo went through several name changes as I wrote the man- uscript. For a while, she had a very normal name, but it alwaysfelt off. It wasn’t until I looked at Echo from her mother’s point of view that I found her name. Echo’s mother loved Greek my- thology so it made perfect sense that she would name her chil- dren after the myths. I read several Greek myths and the mo- ment I found Echo’s, I fell in love. Echo, to me, was the girl who lost her voice. Thankfully, she finds it by the end.
Q: Which character is the most “like” you?
A: All of them. I gave each character a piece of me (though some have larger slices of me than others). Overall, I’d say I’m a strange combination of Echo, Lila and Beth. Echo has my need to please, Lila has my unfailing loyalty to my friends and Beth encompasses my insecurities.
Q: Did you experience friendships with Grace types when you were in high school?
A: Yes. And the more people have read this story, the more this question comes up. Grace has struck a stronger nerve in people than I ever would have imagined. It seems most of us have un- fortunately experienced a relationship where a person wants to “like” you and wants “be your friend,” but only if it serves their needs. In case anyone is wondering, that isn’t friendship.
Q: Are there any parts of the story you feel particularly close to?
A: Yes. The relationship between Noah, Isaiah and Beth. Beyond my parents and sister, my nearest family members were over fourteen hours away. My friends became my family. The peopleI grew up with were more than people I watched movies with or talked to occasionally on the phone. These were people with whom I shared life’s most devastating moments, but also my hardest laughs. These were people who I would have willing- ly died for and I know they would have done the same for me. They shared my triumphs with smiles on their faces and con- gratulatory hugs. They held me when I cried and offered to beat up whoever hurt my feelings. These were also the same people who were more than happy to get in my face if they thought I was making a wrong decision.
Q: Did anything that happens to Echo happen to you?
A: Sort of. I was bitten by a dog when I was in second grade and repressed the memory. It felt very strange to have no memory of an incident that other people knew about. It was even strang- er to have injuries and not have an inkling where they came from. In college, I finally remembered the incident when a dog lunged at me. I relived the horrible event and sort of “woke up” a few minutes later to find myself surrounded by people I loved. Even though I “remember” the incident, I still don’t remember the whole thing. I only see still frames in my mind and there is no blood in any of the memories. 
I would like to thank Katie herself (who is a doll!), Karen from MediaMasters, and HarlequinTeen for helping set up this Q&A session as well as sponsoring the giveaway!  Be sure to enter! Here is a bit about Pushing the Limits.  In case you didn’t know, this is one of my FAVORITE books of 2012 thus far.  It is emotionally gripping, and an absolute must read. 
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No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with “freaky” scars on her arms. Even Echo can’t remember the whole truth of that  horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo’s world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. Echo and Noah couldn’t be more different, but they find themselves united by a common goal: to sneak into their court-ordered social worker’s case files in order to learn the truth about themselves and their families. What they didn’t count on is falling in love — and now Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she’ll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

Here is my review of Pushing the Limits 
From my own review…

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