Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Blog Tour: Before He Was Gone by Becky Wicks | Review + Giveaway

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The Book

Before He Was Gone
Becky Wicks

Starstruck #2

Coming Summer 2014

Purchase: Amazon

Sometimes, you have to get lost to find yourself…

When her rock star boyfriend breaks things off out of the blue, Alyssa applies to hit reality TV show Deserted and to her shock she gets through. Abandoned on a remote island with a bunch of strangers and none of the luxuries she’s become accustomed to, it’s not long before an undeniable attraction to the mysterious Joshua starts complicating things even further.

Joshua’s different to everyone she’s ever known – a traveller, a man with no plan, a world away from the celebrity life she’s left behind. As a series of challenges test their wits and weaknesses, things start heating up in paradise, but in a game designed to break people down, it soon becomes clear that Joshua is hiding a painful secret – one he won’t risk anyone finding out.

Struggling to know where she belongs, Alyssa will have to choose – a life she once loved that wants her back, or a brand new reality that heartbreakingly may just have its limits.

***Warning: this book contains graphic language, sex, and mature situations. Not intended for young adult readers.***

About the Author

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Becky Wicks lives in Bali and scribbles books, and she’s mostly powered by coffee. Her first book in the Starstruck Series, Before He Was Famous recently reached #1 in Amazon’s Coming of Age and New Adult & College categories, and her three travel books, published by HarperCollins are online to make feet nice and itchy. Mostly though, she loves to write love stories. She blogs most days at beckywicks.com and always welcomes distractions on Twitter @bex_wicks. Especially if you have photos of cats.

My Review

I'm feeling a bit torn about Before He Was Gone... On the one hand, I really loved the engaging writing, the characters, the plot. But on the other, I really don't like that TV show Survivor - which basically is the background and setting for the book. I think what really kept me from hating this book, like that show, is that Wicks doesn't present you with the melodramatic, out of context drama, but the actual events of the happenings and their context. It really shined a light, for me, on just how much the television industry messes with and twists things around for 'good TV', no matter the cost to people's real life.

At this point in time, I as of yet, haven't read the book which this is a companion to - Before He Was Famous. While it is not necessary to have read it in order to read and understand this novel, I feel I would have had a better understanding of Alyssa's and Sebastian's relationship and thereby a greater understand of how their breakup affected her. AND there is always the part where I want to know more about Noah and Chloe after the little snippets I got from Alyssa's story.

I think that it was a really good idea on Wicks part to have this novel written as a switching POV between Alyssa and Joshua, because essentially, Before He Was Gone is two separate stories that eventually and inevitability merge into the one. Alyssa went searching for who she is, and Joshua went looking for a way out of what he is.

Before He Was Gone is a well written and engaging novel with drama, romance, action, and a splash of danger. A book I would recommend to anyone who loves reality TV. ;)

3 out of 5

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One Song Away
Molli Moran

Coming December 2014
She needs a fill-in boyfriend. He needs a favor. It's the perfect, no-strings arrangement -- until they both realize it's too real...

Sophie-Claire Wright's life is like a bad country song on repeat. She keeps running into her cheating ex, her songwriting career isn't taking off, and to make matters worse, her roommate just kicked her out of their apartment. With nothing to lose, she decides to do the one thing she said she'd never do: she moves back home. She left her small Southern town with big dreams, but now she's going home with empty pockets.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Blog Tour: Gypsy by Trisha Leigh | Excerpt + Giveaway

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The Book

Trisha Leigh

The Cavy Files #1

Published May 13th 2014

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Inconsequential: not important or significant.
Synonyms: insignificant, unimportant, nonessential, irrelevant

In the world of genetic mutation, Gypsy’s talent of knowing a person’s age of death is considered a failure. Her peers, the other Cavies, have powers that range from curdling a blood still in the vein to being able to overhear a conversation taking place three miles away, but when they’re taken from the sanctuary where they grew up and forced into the real world, Gypsy, with her all-but-invisible gift, is the one with the advantage.

The only one who’s safe, if the world finds out what they can do.

When the Cavies are attacked and inoculated with an unidentified virus, that illusion is shattered. Whatever was attached to the virus causes their abilities to change. Grow. In some cases, to escape their control.

Gypsy dreamed of normal high school, normal friends, a normal life, for years. Instead, the Cavies are sucked under a sea of government intrigue, weaponized genetic mutation, and crushing secrets that will reframe everything they’ve ever been told about how their “talents” came to be in the first place.

When they find out one of their own has been appropriated by the government, mistreated and forced to run dangerous missions, their desire for information becomes a pressing need. With only a series of guesses about their origins, the path to the truth becomes quickly littered with friends, enemies, and in the end, the Cavies ability to trust anyone at all.

About the Author

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Trisha Leigh is a product of the Midwest, which means it’s pop, not soda, garage sales, not tag sales, and you guys as opposed to y’all. Most of the time. She’s been writing seriously for five years now, and has published 4 young adult novels and 4 new adult novels (under her pen name Lyla Payne). Her favorite things, in no particular order, include: reading, Game of Thrones, Hershey’s kisses, reading, her dogs (Yoda and Jilly), summer, movies, reading, Jude Law, coffee, and rewatching WB series from the 90’s-00’s.

Her family is made up of farmers and/or almost rock stars from Iowa, people who numerous, loud, full of love, and the kind of people that make the world better. Trisha tries her best to honor them, and the lessons they’ve taught, through characters and stories—made up, of course, but true enough in their way.

Trisha is the author of The Last Year series and the Whitman University books. She’s represented by Kathleen Rushall at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.


The door buzzer rings around four thirty, two hours earlier than Maya's supposed to get here and way earlier than my father has ever come home. Not that he would ring the buzzer.

I haul myself off the bed and out of Gravity's Rainbow, down the stairs, and peer out the peephole.

“I can see your shadow, you creeper. Open the door.”

A smile twists my lips and I yank on the knob. “You're early.”

“Obviously. What's wrong with your hair? It looks like a bird made a nest in it.” Maya steps over the threshold, looking as put together as she had at school except she’s in jeans and a CA T-shirt instead of a uniform.

“Not all of us are lucky enough to be as naturally adorable as you.”

“Yeah, well, don't knock your long legs and nice chest combo. Short and cute as a button aren't all they're cracked up to be.”

Even though it's my house, I trail Maya into the kitchen and find her with her head stuck in the fridge. She emerges with two apples, a jar of Nutella, and two bottles of water. We perch at the island, in the same spot where Jude and I sat the other afternoon. She slices away while I stop myself from asking why she's here early, a little afraid that she'll take it the wrong way, like it's a problem or something, which it's not.

“Aren't you going to ask me why I'm here early?” Her keen eyes sparkle, like she can read my thoughts.

I shrug. “I'm too busy counting my lucky stars.”

“Smartass. Two reasons, actually. The first is that my father got your blood test results back, and since there's nothing wrong with you, he said I could spill.”

“Nothing?” The relief gushing through my ears makes the words sound far away. Hot on its heels is disappointment—because we need a lead. Something that can tell us what those people know and how they changed our mutations with a single injection. “Nothing's wrong with me?”

“I wouldn’t go that far,” she laughs. “I mean, I hardly know you and there’s totally something wrong with you.”


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Friday, 22 August 2014

Blog Tour: Next to You by Claudia Y. Burgoa | Review + Giveaway

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The Book

Next To You
Claudia Y. Burgoa

Life #2

Published June 2014

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…I need time. Time to heal those wings and learn to use them…
Was part of the letter Rebecca Trent, Daniel Brightmore’s fiancĂ©e and best friend left when she ran away. The person he trusted the most for the past decade disappeared without giving him a second glance. She taught him how to love, believe in family and that everyone deserves a happily ever after. Now he’s struggling between wiping any traces of her from his life and drowning his sorrows away with the help of his new best friends—Don Julio and Jack Daniels.

Rebecca’s past suffocated her to the point of not wanting to continue, her lifeline and the only reason to live began to withdraw from her. She wished it had been her imagination, but heard it loud and clear: “If not, there’s always a divorce, nothing is forever.” This time it became a leave or die situation. Something has got to change—she had to change. Packing light and leaving a letter behind, she takes a journey that can help her find herself through the shards of her painful childhood.
As letters, memories and stories are exchanged, two once inseparable people reconcile what’s left of their relationship. Beyond the confines of everything they built together, they’re left with two lonely people searching for what it means to be whole. Will they find meaning under their bruised psyches or will their pasts get the better of them?

About the Author

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Claudia lives in Colorado with her family and three dogs. Two beagles who believe they are human, and a bichon who thinks she’s a beagle. While managing life, she works as a CFO at a small IT Company. She’s a dreamer who enjoys music, laughter and a good story.

My Review

He thought he had finally gotten his girl - but she up and flew the coop, leaving nothing but a letter and his heart torn apart. To say that Daniel isn't dealing well with Becca's disappearance is an understatement. Things are getting burned and broken, but the big question is, will Becca come back? And will Dan ever be able to forgive her for leaving him, let alone survive it?

Unlike Where Life Takes You, the first in the Life series, Next to You has the POV from Daniel rather than Rebecca. It is nice to get things from his perspective, especially considering the way Becca left him at the end of the last novel. We still get a bit here and there from Becca, in the form of letters that she sends Daniel periodically for the first two thirds of the novel since there is an ocean and several countries between the two of them. And when I say letters, I mean MAMMOTH sized letters (just a little heads up ;) ).

There is a lot of information thrown at you, a whole bunch of back-story making things clearer as to how the two of them got to the places they are now. I did feel like some things were just thrown in my face without any prelude, like Drew and Raj being a couple. The third page in and there is more important subtext going on, but all I could think was, Gay? They're gay?! Where the hell was that in book one?! Now, I'm not sure if I was just off in La-la Land when reading Where Life Takes You, and didn't see it, or it was something that Burgoa just threw in for shits and giggles to mess with people like me... But I have to say, they're my favourite couple in the series, in all their cuteness and making other people uncomfortable - my kind of people.

I suppose that I enjoyed Next to You, and the first novel, well enough, but it was a little too poor-bugger-me with all the angst for me to really enjoy it. It wasn't without funny quips and moments that made me laugh out loud, but it just didn't hit the spot for me like Burgoa's other series A Knight's Tale, did. So, a little bummed but not disappointed.

3 out of 5

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