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Those Girls by Lauren Saft


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Those Girls by Lauren Saft

eBook, 336 pages

Published June 9th 2015 by Poppy

~Rating: 2.5/5 stars~

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~Description~

Some girls will always have your back, and some girls can’t help but stab you in it.
Junior year, the suburbs of Philadelphia. Alex, Mollie and Veronica are those girls: they’re the best of friends and the party girls of the school. But how well does everybody know them–and really, how well do they know one another? Alex is secretly in love with the boy next door and has joined a band–without telling anyone. Mollie suffers from a popular (and possibly sociopathic) boyfriend, as well as a serious mean streak. And Veronica just wants to be loved–literally, figuratively, physically….she’s not particular. Will this be the year that bonds them forever….or tears them apart for good?
Lauren Saft masterfully conveys what goes on in the mind of a teenage girl, and her debut novel is raw, honest, hilarious, and thought-provoking, with a healthy dose of heart.

~Review~

*a copy was provided via Netgalley*

I knew this was going to be like a Gossip Girl type book where ‘frenemies’ existed.  There are three main characters, therefore the author chose to make each chapter a different POV….which was soooo hard to follow… I feel like the author didn’t execute the chapter POVs, well…

The characters themselves were annoying and whiny… there were times I just wanted to jump in the book and slap them; I hated them all… ahh well, except for Alex, I actually liked reading her parts of the book. Alex seemed the most normal and genuine. She joined a band, realized she loved singing and wasn’t so obsessed with the same interests like the other girls. At one point, Alex actually turned down going to a party just to stay home and read… IKR… I was impressed.. haha

 It was slow and annoying at times, but I’ll be honest.. I did kinda like it.. Entertaining up until a certain point… soooo I guess not a complete waste and deserving of some stars. And the writing was okay…I mean, reading the word “whorebox” in a book is just sooo fucking hilarious.

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~Author Bio~

Lauren SaftLauren Saft holds an MFA from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelor’s degree from Tufts University. She’s worked in publishing, tv, education, child care, retail, journalism, and food service, all the while closely studying the habits and compulsions of teenage girls. She currently works as a tv producer in Philadelphia where she lives with her cat and creative inspiration, Desi. Her work has been published in Five Quarterly, Rap Up Magazine, and clubplanet.com. One time, she met the Olsen twins. Those Girls is her debut novel.

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Blog Tour ~ Just Like You Said it Would Be by C.K. Kelly Martain


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Just Like You Said it Would Be by C.K. Kelly Martain

Publication date: February 15th 2017

Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

~Rating: 4/5 stars~

Did you ever want something so much that it felt like a kind of sickness, one you didn’t want to be cured of? On New Year’s Eve the feeling compels seventeen-year-old Amira to text the Irish ex-boyfriend she’s been missing desperately since they broke up at the end of summer, when she returned to Canada.

They agreed they wouldn’t be friends, that it would never be enough. But that was then— back when Amira’s separated parents had shipped her off to relatives in Dublin for the summer so they could test-drive the idea of getting back together on a long haul cruise. Back when Amira was torn away from a friend in need in Toronto only to fall in love with a Dublin screenwriting class and take a step closer to her dream career. And only to fall for cousin Zoey’s bandmate, Darragh, the guy who is first her friend, then her enemy and later something much more complicated—the guy she can say anything to, the guy who makes every inch of her feel wide awake in a way she hadn’t known was possible. The guy she might never see again. Or is there, despite the distance, somehow still a chance for them?

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~Review~

I started this book and wasn’t sure what to make of it at first. I found it slow and took a while to get into the story, at one point I did stop reading, and kinda didnt want to continue reading it.. but I’m glad I did finish it.

Just Like You Said It Would Be, tells the story of Amira that lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, but is sent to Dublin to spend the summer with family while her parents are on vacation trying to mend their marriage. Amira is soon introduced to Darragh, one of her cousin Zoey’s band mates, and I love/hate relationship quickly ensues. Regardless of the tension between them and attempts at only being friends, they soon find themselves confiding in one another, spending a lot of time together, and eventually they fall in love. They fall in love right at the end of summer, when Amira has to fly back home. But they reconnect, many months later when they both attend a wedding.

The story is beautifully written, and just so amazing. The chemistry between Amira and Darragh is sooo goood :3

I highly recommend reading it!

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~Author Bio~

Long before I was an author I was a fan of books about Winnie the Pooh, Babar, Madeline, Anne Shirley and anything by Judy Blume. Throughout high school my favourite class was English. No surprise, then, that most of my time spent at York University in Toronto was as an English major–not the traditional way to graduate with a B.A. in Film Studies but a fine way to get a general arts education.

After getting my film studies degree I headed for Dublin, Ireland and spent the majority of the nineties there in forgettable jobs meeting unforgettable people and enjoying the buzz. I always thoughts I’d get around to writing in earnest eventually and I began writing my first novel in a flat in Dublin and finished it in a Toronto suburb. By then I’d discovered that writing about young characters felt the freshest and most exciting to me. You have most of your life to be an adult but you only grow up once.

Currently residing near Toronto with my Dub husband, I became an Irish citizen in 2001 and continue to visit Dublin as often as I can. My first young adult book, I Know It’s Over, came out with Random House in September 2008 and was followed by One Lonely Degree, The Lighter Side of Life and Death, My Beating Teenage Heart and Yesterday. I released Yesterday’s sequel, Tomorrow, in 2013 and put out my first adult novel, Come See About Me, as an ebook in June 2012. My most recent YA book, The Sweetest Thing You Can Sing, was published by Cormorant Books’ Dancing Cat Books imprint in 2014 and I’m pleased to announce they’ll be releasing my upcoming contemporary young adult novel, Delicate, on September 16th. Watch my website for more details!

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Now That It’s You by Tawna Fenske


Now That It's You

Now That It’s You by Tawna Fenske

Kindle Edition, 313 pages

Published September 6th 2016 by Montlake Romance

~Rating: 4/5 stars~

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~Description~

Talented chef Meg Delaney hasn’t spoken to her cheating ex-fiancé, Matt Midland, for two years. Ditching him at the altar after blurting out “I can’t” instead of “I do” would sour any relationship. But now, just as Meg is finally ready to bury the hatchet, she learns closure is permanently off the menu. And the kicker? Matt’s brother, Kyle, is back in her life, stirring up feelings that are equal parts guilt and lust.

Meg was the best thing that never happened to Kyle. He couldn’t make a move on his brother’s girlfriend—even if Matt didn’t value her nearly enough. The situation is even more complicated now that Meg’s bestselling aphrodisiac cookbook has spawned a legal battle with the Midlands. Maybe he should stay away. But love, like family, plays by its own rules. And the one woman he shouldn’t want might be the only one who’s perfect for him.

~Review~

*A copy was provided via NetGalley*

Beautiful, funny, relatable~

I was kind of unsure of how I would like this novel, but I’m happy I read it. I really enjoyed reading this; it was interesting, different and fresh.

Now That It’s You easily hooked me into this story right from the start. You have the whole range of emotions played throughout the book as the characters deal with a loss, come together for a romance, have a bit of controversy over the estate and a whole other range of things. Meg and Kyle seem to keep crossing paths now that Matt is gone and the two start to develop a bit of a relationship. And it’s obvious that they’ve liked/loved each other from when the first met. Matt’s death really brought them together. One of my favorite parts was when Meg and Kyle joined the LARPers (Live Action Roleplaying); it was fun and a really creative bit :3

The way the author describes the way Kyle feels about Meg and vice versa, you can tell they really want to be together.  Kyle really remembers everything about her and it’s cute and sweet; little details of when Matt, him and Meg did things together and such. But they have this problem where everything seems to be revolved around Matt (Meg’s ex-fiancé, also Kyle’s brother). Matt just keeps coming up, in every scenario. I don’t know why but I kind of found that frustrating; Matt’s name popping up everywhere. Just wish they had gotten together sooner rather than later, with them moving forward from Matt’s death, and always basically contemplating whether it’s right to be with each other. Ahahah I don’t know why but I reallllllyyyyy dislike the fact that Matt has had such an impact on Meg’s life… She’s stuck and it’s like she cannot move on… Yes, she and Matt were together for a decade, but he’s dead, and I know she didn’t get to say good bye or whatever but she deserves too, especially since he cheated on her…

But enough about that…

ahhhh <33 I love Meg and Kyle <3333

Overall, it was amazing, even though I do wish that some of the outcomes were different, that doesn’t change the fact that, despite my melancholy, I found this book to be fun and beautiful and not what I expected. The overall ending was fitting for this couple. I recommend it, if you want a fun, light read~

Lol but I don’t think I will ever get over Matt’s name/His death being mentioned so much, I felt like it was overly dramatic in a way  xD

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~Author Bio~

Tawna FenskeTawna Fenske is a USA Today bestselling romantic comedy author who writes humorous fiction, risqué romance, and heartwarming love stories with a quirky twist. She traveled a career path that took her from newspaper reporter to English teacher in Venezuela to marketing geek to PR manager for her city’s tourism bureau. An avid globetrotter and social media fiend, Tawna is the author of the popular blog, Don’t Pet Me, I’m Writing, and a member of Romance Writers of America. She lives with her husband in Bend, Oregon, where she’ll invent any excuse to hike, bike, snowshoe, standup paddle, or sip wine on her back deck.

Tawna has published several romantic comedies with Sourcebooks, including Making Waves, which was nominated for contemporary romance of the year by RT Book Reviews. She also writes interactive fiction capers for Coliloquy; steamy, heartwarming series books for Entangled Publishing; and tender, funny romances for Montlake Publishing. Tawna’s quirky brand of comedy and romance has won praises from Kirkus Reviews, which noted, “Up-and-coming romance author Fenske sets up impeccable internal and external conflict and sizzling sexual tension for a poignant love story between two engaging characters, then infuses it with witty dialogue and lively humor. An appealing blend of lighthearted fun and emotional tenderness.”

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Happy Reading!

-Ana @SoManyBooksSoLittleTime

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The Thursday Night Club by Steven Manchester


The Thursday Night Club

The Thursday Night Club by Steven Manchester

Kindle Edition, 152 pages
Published November 18th 2014 by The Story Plant

~Rating: 4.5/5 stars~

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~Description~

Five college friends, three men and two women, have been getting together every Thursday night to share humble meals and an abundance of laughter. But when tragedy takes one of them, leaving the others to question the fairness of life, the Thursday Night Club decides to embark on a contest in the memory of the generous spirit of their fallen brother. The objective of the contest is simple: whoever performs the kindest deed by Christmas night wins the pot – four quarters. And there are only two conditions: the benevolent deed must be anonymous, and it cannot cost a single penny to pull off.

As the four friends undertake the contest, the healing begins and they become inspired beyond their expectations. There might be a winner in this competition, but it is very clear there will be no losers.

A story of Christmas spirit that will strike a chord in your heart any time of year, The Thursday Night Club will make you look at the holiday season in new ways.

~Review~

**A copy was provided for review purposes**

Steven Manchester did not disappoint with The Thursday Night Club! His writing style is truly unique, and he’s definitely a must read author!

This story is about five college friends who meet every Thursday just to hang out, play cards, chat about school, and enjoy some down time.

One Thursday night Randy, Kevin and Jesse bet $0.75 each to see who can play the funniest prank, specifying that such a plan is not to cause harm/ hurt anyone else. But when the bet takes an accidental turn with the loss of Jesse. The group of friends find it really hard to cope with his loss, Thursday nights just won’t be the same without him.

The story lets you know that life is so risky and so short, and that we all have some good in us, that with just a little effort we can make some sort of difference in the world.This novel shows you that life is about giving, caring, love, friendship, and growth. It’s a really good message to spread around. I really loved this novel and would highly recommend it. You will not be disappointed.

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~Author Bio~

Steven Manchester is the author of the #1 bestsellers, Twelve Months and The Rockin’ Chair. He is also the author of the award-winning novel, Goodnight, Brian, as well as the critically-acclaimed novel, Pressed Pennies, A Christmas Wish (Kindle exclusive), Wilbur Avenue (novella), Just in Time (novella), The Thursday Night Club (novella, released November 2014) and Gooseberry Island (novel, released January 2015). His work has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CBS’s The Early Show, CNN’s American Morning and BET’s Nightly News. Three of Steven’s short stories were selected “101 Best” for Chicken Soup for the Soul series. When not spending time with his beautiful wife, Paula, or their four children, this Massachusetts author is promoting his works or writing.

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Happy Reading!

-Ana

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Ghosts in the Mirror by Joyce Mangola


Ghosts in the Mirror

Ghosts in the Mirror by Joyce Mangola

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Published June 21st 2013 by Lycaon Press (first published June 20th 2013)

~Rating: 4/5 stars~

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~Synopsis~

Sixteen-year-old Jeremy Riggs has lived his life in and out of the hospital. While the doctors are clueless as to why he lapses into comas, he is well aware of his unique ability to merge with a wandering spirit. With his own soul too weak to sustain life, it’s the only thing keeping him alive.

Waking up from a coma a year after being found at the county dump—next to the remains of the last spirit to inhabit him—Jeremy finds the newest spirit is nothing like the previous ones. It’s bent on revenge and has the will to take control over his body. With the police lining him up as a murder suspect and an ancient evil pursuing him, Jeremy must help the ghost hitching a ride in his body find eternal rest without seeing his own soul snuffed out.

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~Excerpt~

The trees along the sidewalk offered a little shelter from the few headlights from passing cars. Jeremy moved as fast as his fear allowed. That sick feeling just wouldn’t leave him, and he fished out a lollipop to calm his nerves. What good was packing a survival kit if it didn’t include his favorite snack?

His steps faltered, and he looked to his left, shivering. The house he’d been looking for stared back at him. The broken door looked like a jagged smile, the windows more like sinister eyes. Three stories high and he’d have to scale every single creepy step to get to what he needed.

A whip of cold wind had Jeremy moving into the house, squeezing through the broken slats. His nose wrinkled, and he pulled his shirt up over half his face as his lollipop fell out of his mouth. Dust hung in the air. It clogged his nostrils, and he gagged, but he couldn’t stop his exploration. At the base of the first flight of stairs, he closed his eyes. Eerie whispers filtered through his ears, and he shakily ascended the first step. Halfway up his hand came away from the rail as if it burned him. The sickening feeling crawled all over his skin, and he fought the urge to run back outside.

“This was a bad idea.” His right hand tapped his leg twice, and he sighed. Beverly wouldn’t allow him to run if he wanted to.

He ignored the rooms on the second floor and continued to the third. At the top, he leaned over, the urge to throw up strong. Jeremy wiped the tears away from his cheeks, waiting for his eyes to adjust to the dark. His right hand fumbled for the small flashlight in his backpack, and he stopped it.

“Not yet. Give me a minute.” He hunched over again and gagged, glad his stomach held down his cookie binge. He made his way down the hall. Above him, the string for the attic steps dangled, cobwebs stretched along the expanse. His fingers grasped for the cord.

The door gave away when he tugged. Jeremy covered his face as dust and debris fell down. His feet fought to steady themselves on the steps. One by one he ascended, his breathing labored. He scrambled into the small space and slid down against the wall.

“Okay. Now let’s get some light.” Beverly grabbed the flashlight out of the backpack and flicked it on. Jeremy had no idea what he was looking for, only that it was located in the attic. That eerie radar the ghosts gifted him with never steered him wrong before.

The chill of the room had his teeth chattering, and he swept the light around the small space. Broken furniture and a few deteriorated cardboard boxes adorned the rat-infested abode. Jeremy could hear their scurrying and plotting to expunge the trespassing human. Blinking, he concentrated. Something lingered, waiting for him to discover it. He froze as he saw the markings along the rafter beam.

“There.” He stood up and walked closer. “That’s it. Whatever that is, I’m sure of it.” He studied the lines, and the possible way the artist had created the symbol. Gouged into the wood, the marking reminded Jeremy of the hieroglyphics he studied at the library.

“Why is someone putting these in the old buildings? I see that they could be undisturbed and whatnot, but why?” He dug in his backpack and brought out a small notebook. With a pen, he quickly sketched the markings. Jeremy didn’t want to rely on his memory to remember how the symbol looked.

He checked his watch. “It’s about midnight, Beverly. Time to get home.”

Jeremy stepped to the attic ladder and staggered, dropping to his knees. His vision wavered, and the pounding in his head started. His head swiveled to the symbol as an inky shadow slithered along the floor.

“Touch it.”

A cold voice beckoned him. Wooden and jerky, Jeremy stood and shuffled like a marionette toward the odd etching in the rafters.

“Beverly,” Jeremy whimpered. “Don’t listen to it.”

“Touch it,” the voice hissed again. Jeremy gasped as his right hand reached out and caressed the symbol. A jolt of electricity coursed through him. He fell back, convulsing. Rolling over to his side, he threw up. It tasted of ash and cinder, and he gagged as more came up. He started crawling to the opening, feeling the sickly slimy sensation dance along his spine.

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~Review~

**A copy was provided through Xpresso Tours ‘Review Opp

Ghosts in the Mirror has been on my TBR pile since forever, I was so happy when I saw that Giselle had posted a “Review Opp” with said tittle, I just had to request for a copy! I loved every page, I stayed up all night reading it, I just couldn’t put it down, I just had to see what happened next.

Ghosts in the Mirror is a unique paranormal story about Jeremy, a boy we first meet when he wakes in the hospital after a year in a coma. He has no idea why this time was the longest he’s been in the hospital. All Jeremy remembers is dragging a shovel and waking up now. He’s not alone this time for something has become attached to him. Jeremy has no idea what is going on only that Beverly, a spirit in pain and looking for vengeance, won’t leave him alone. Somehow Beverly thinks he’s the answer to her prayers to finally be at peace. Jeremy’s main concern right now is to not go back into the hospital even though Beverly is making him seem crazy. It’s not his first coma either; he’s a vehicle for spirits. Each night just pulls him closer to finding out who is really behind all the people getting killed. Only thing that calms him down is painting. Just when he thinks he can finally try to be somewhat normal his paintings are saying something to one police detective.

This is truly a unique story that captivated me from the beginning and only got better as it progressed. It’s well-written, I’ll admit the book was a little bit confusing at times, but overall it was a creepy, spine chilling read. I highly recommend it! Can’t wait to read more from this author!

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~Author Bio~

Joyce Mangola has been writing for most of her life, spinning outlandish tales since she was twelve. She is a multi-published author over several genres and Joyce is her pen name for the young adult side. Writing will always be the one dream she pursued relentlessly until she succeeded with her first short story publication. She hasn’t looked back since. Besides bringing to life the different characters in her head, she enjoys drawing and playing the flute. Though a Pittsburgh native, she calls Carlisle, Pennsylvania her home for over twenty years now and has no plans of moving—unless it’s back to Pittsburgh, of course. She’s a proud mother of two sister rescue cats, Brine and Ariel, and Bailey the wonder kitten. She encourages anyone who has the heart to adopt a furry companion. Give them love and receive it back tenfold.

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Happy Reading!

-Ana @SoManyBooksSoLittleTime

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Fight For Me (Invitation to Eden) by Sharon Page


Fight For Me (Invitation to Eden Series)

Fight For Me (Invitation to Eden) by Sharon Page

Kindle Edition, 197 pages
Published May 8th 2014

~Rating: 4/5 stars~

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~Synopsis~

An Invitation to Eden Release for May! Welcome to Eden, a series from 27 of the biggest names in romance. Fight for Me is a sizzling story from New York Times Bestselling author Sharon Page… Fight for Me is also a Yardley College Alumni story. For readers 18+

I had to drop out of college to raise my son after his dad, bad boy MMA fighter Ryder King, and I broke up. Ryder is so haunted by demons he won’t let me into his heart. Fame, fortune, and fighting didn’t bring him any peace, and I knew, for the sake of our child, I had to leave him.

That’s when I started seeing Ryder’s best friend, Xavier Malone, a former fighter who built a billion dollar empire. Xavier is powerful and handsome, but also caring and wonderful with my son. We were friends at first and now I’m falling for him—but I’m scared to commit.

Then I receive an invitation to the island of Eden, a luxurious resort where I can live my every sensual fantasy. I’m certain Xavier sent it. But after I leave my son with my mom and fly to Eden, I discover I’m in the middle of a grudge match between Xavier and Ryder. They are going to fight for me: inside the ring in a charity match, and outside it—where they both plan to seduce the pants off me. But I have a surprise for them too.

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~Excerpt~

I turn to leave, and I’m suddenly staring into Xavier’s gorgeous indigo eyes.
“Hi Tessa,” he says, huskily, then he leans in and kisses me on the lips. A slow, sensual kiss. I shouldn’t be kissing him in front of Ryder, but I can’t seem to draw away.
Though he’s handsome in his classy suit, Ryder is all fighter; muscular, strong, heart of gold. Xavier in a charcoal grey suit looks just as dazzling, but there’s a wickedly dangerous aura to him. Ryder is tough, Xavier is ruthless.
I pull back from Xavier’s kiss and turn nervously toward Ryder. To my surprise he is standing behind me and he cups the back of my neck and draws me into a lusty, open-mouthed, lots-of-tongue kiss. I hear gasps amongst the diners. I’m swaying, stunned.
Are they competing for me?
In public?
Hurriedly, I break free from Ryder’s intense, passionate kiss. “What do you two think you are doing?” I hiss.
“Why don’t we sit down and finish dinner?” Ryder suggests.
I can tell everyone in the dining room is looking at us. “Uh, no. I am getting out of here.”
Xavier rests his hand on my low back. “Of course, Tessa.” He guides me out of the dining room. I know my cheeks must be scarlet.
In the foyer outside of the dining room, I confront Xavier and Ryder. “Xavier, is this just a coincidence that you are here too?”
“I’m taking part in a charity fight with Ryder on Saturday.”
“I know—I saw the poster. But did you know I would be here?”
“Not until your mother told me, Tessa. I agreed to the fight months ago, but once I knew you were coming, I knew I wasn’t coming for the fight. I was coming for you.” Xavier shares a glance with Ryder. “Tessa, we intend on fighting for you.”
“What?”
“We’re both here with you in paradise. I think you’re falling in love with me. Ryder believes you still love him. We both want to win your heart.”
“You mean…compete for me?”
“Yeah,” Ryder says. “And I intend to be the last man standing.”
“This is crazy!” I quickly lower my voice.

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~Review~

**A copy was provided through Xpresso Tours ‘Review Opp

Tessa is separated from her husband Ryder because he can’t open up to her about something from his past. His best friend, Xavier, also a hot MMA fighter, has always loved Tessa and see this as his chance to win her heart. Tessa has to make up her mind which one she wants to be with. The three of them end up on the magical island of Eden, where the men fight for her. In the mist of this love triangle, suspense is thrown in when a crisis arises at home with Ryder and Tessa’s four year old son. Then as things were going great at Eden when she finally accepted the invitation Ryder comes out with his secret and that’s when everything goes down the drain.

This was book seriously hot and sexy. It was a fast read that had me captivated from the beginning. This book was hot, sexy, sweet, funny, and had a bit of a suspenseful twist. I loved all of the characters, the author does a good job of setting the scene. Very nice and unique story-line. I recommend this story to all readers that love a great steamy hot read and this could be read any day of the week since it’s not to long. Since I can’t say who Tessa chooses I will say that whom ever she didn’t choose I hope he gets his own story.

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~Author Bio~

lSharon Page is the USA Today bestselling author of numerous novels of historical and erotic romance. She is a two-time, consecutive winner of the National Readers’ Choice Award, winner of the Golden Quill and the Colorado Award of Excellence, and a multiple finalist for the Daphne Du Maurier Award. She has twice received the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, and is a four-time finalist.

Married with two children, Sharon Page holds an industrial design degree and has worked for many years for a structural engineering firm. When not writing, she enjoys reading with her children, downhill skiing, and mountain biking. Writing romance has long been her dream and she is thrilled to share her stories.

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Happy Reading!

-Ana @SoManyBooksSoLittleTime

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Blog Tour ~ Gypsy by Trisha Leigh


Gypsy (The Cavy Files, #1)

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Gypsy by Trisha Leigh

(The Cavy Files #1)

Publication date: May 13th 2014

Genres:Science Fiction, Young Adult

~Rating: 4/5 stars~

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~Synopsis~

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.

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~Review~

Wow!!!!

This book is about a seventeen year-old girl named Gypsy, and her fellow Cavies lived and grew up at Darley, a home where they discovered their powers, practised and basically had a mixed up family. All of these teenagers have two things in common. These special abilities make them unique and or different from your average teenagers. When I first started reading this book the first thing that came to my mind was that it reminded me of X-Men just with a different spin to  it.  Gypsy’s world is shaken up when the arrival of the police splits her makeshift family up, and what Gypsy thought she knew about herself is ripped out from under her feet at the discovery she has a real family, somewhere to really call home.
I love this small group of kids that think of themselves as a family, and while we initially only see a quick glimpse of their life together and what their abilities are. I love the uniqueness of them and how not one of them is the same in personality or ability wise. Their families were broken up and each of them had to find a nre home, or somewhere to stay we see how this affects them all, but I really like how the new parental figures still allowed this makeshift family to stay in contact with each other, to keep that bond alive.
Starting a new school is not the best experience for anyone, but imagine having to start a whole new life, and a whole new school on top of that, but also knowing that every single person thinks they know you, yet you have no idea what to do in this new life. I really thought that Gypsy dealt amazingly well with the situation she finds herself in, and I admire her for trying to get used to this new life, making friends and trying to be a normal person.

This book is exciting, dramatic, heart wrenching, mysterious and captivating. I loved it.

I highly recommend it!

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~Author Bio~

Trisha LeighTrisha 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.

~Author Links~

Twitter | Facebook | WebsiteGoodreads

 

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