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Blog Tour: Bounce by Noelle August {Review & Giveaway}Bounce by Noelle August
Series: Boomerang #3
Published by HarperCollins on 2015-08-25
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
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four-half-stars
When you have one chance to become a star, you can't let love get in the way . . .

Playing the occasional club gig just isn't cutting it for twenty-two-year-old cellist Skyler Canby, who's trying to support herself and her mother back home in Kentucky. When she accompanies her best friend Beth on an audition for the first feature film launched by Blackwood Entertainment, she figures, Why not? Beth's a shoe-in for the lead, but maybe Skyler's newly dyed pink hair will help her stand out enough to score a small speaking part.

Never in her wildest dreams does Skyler imagine she'll land the lead role or that she'll have her socks knocked off by the kiss her audition partner, Grey Blackwood, plants on her—a kiss that feels very real and not at all like acting.

Reckless musician Grey Blackwood spends his days fetching coffee and doing odd jobs on the set of his CEO brother's newest project, but he lives for nights when he performs with his band. He knows that if he can stay focused, success as a singer is just around the corner. But that's tough with a distracting pink-haired girl occupying his every waking thought. Skyler and Grey have every reason to resist each other. But, like a song neither of them can get out of their minds, they have no choice but to go where the music takes them.

I love this book series and I’m so excited to be a part of this tour! These new adult romances are so much fun and the characters are great. If  you’re still looking for some quick romances to read during the last days of summer, definitely look into these!

In Bounce, we get Grey’s and Skyler’s stories. After meeting Grey in Rebound, I can definitely say that I was excited to get to know him more in this one. And Skyler was roommates with Mia, who we met in Boomerang, the first book. One of the best things about series like this is getting to see characters from the previous books that we loved again in the new books. Their lives have continued to move forward and we get to peek in at them. In this one we see Mia as well as Ethan a bit and we also get a little bit more of Adam and Allison. It wasn’t my favorite part of the book, but it definitely made it fun for those of us who have read the series from the start.

As far as characters go in these books, they are fun and realistic and interesting and I love them all! Grey and Skyler are no exception. I loved seeing their individual struggles, the processes they went through to grow up, and what motivated them to work hard. For Grey, I liked getting to know his past and how he ended up where he is and so different from Adam but also so talented and creative. For Skyler, her parents were a big part of who she was and what she was doing. She was so torn between being the parent to them and also still wanting to be their child. Seeing how she dealt with that within herself and with her parents was really emotional. And I think these are things that we all relate to as we’re growing up: how do we fit in with our family and how to we become the adults we’re suppose to with the expectations our families have for us are different from what we want for ourselves. I think this was one of the more serious books of the series but it was also one of my favorites.

And just because this one had some serious emotions doesn’t mean it was any less fun. Skyler and Grey had some serious chemistry and the characters are fun like always. There are some supporting characters who offer more fun than others but I won’t spoil who they are. Overall, it was still fun and everything you’d expect from a Boomerang book. And if I’m being honest, I liked it even more than Rebound. Though Boomerang is still my favorite.

I highly recommend these books if you’re a fan of New Adult romances. They’re fun and flirty but also emotional and full of character growth. It’s fun looking back at the characters we’ve gotten to know in previous books but it’s also not necessary to have read them, since this book focuses on Grey and Skyler and not main characters from the other books. If you want something fun and fast and swoony, definitely check out Bounce and the whole Boomerang series!

 

About the Authors:
Question: What do you get when friends pen a story with heart, plenty of laughs, and toe-curling kissing scenes? AnswerNoelle August, the pseudonym for renowned editor and award-winning writer Lorin Oberweger and New York Times bestselling YA author Veronica Rossi, the masterminds behind the Boomerang series. You can visit them at NoelleAugust.com, @Noelle_August, and facebook.com/NoelleAugustBooks.

 

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Waiting on Wednesday: Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted each week by Breaking the Spine and lets us spotlight a book that we are eagerly waiting to be released. This week I’ve chosen:
Waiting on Wednesday: Vengeance Road by Erin BowmanVengeance Road by Erin Bowman
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on 2015-09-01
Genres: Action & Adventure, Historical, Love & Romance, Westerns, Young Adult
Pages: 336
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When Kate Thompson’s father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, the eighteen-year-old disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. What she finds are devious strangers, dust storms, and a pair of brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, she gets closer to the truth about herself and must decide if there's room for love in a heart so full of hate.

In the spirit of True Grit, the cutthroat days of the Wild West come to life for a new generation.

This wasn’t really on my radar at all until I started seeing some positive reviews coming in from Goodreads friends. I’ve never really read a western novel and I’m also never really been into western movies. But after seeing reviews and reading the summary, I am very intrigued! So intrigued that I pre-ordered it. It comes out the same day as Queen of Shadows so it won’t be the first thing I pick up that day but I’ve definitely carved out a space next month to read it and I’m really looking forward to it!

What are you waiting on this week?



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Book Review: Shadows of Sherwood by Kekla Magoon

Aug
24
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I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Shadows of Sherwood by Kekla MagoonShadows of Sherwood by Kekla Magoon
Series: Robyn Hoodlum #1
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on 2015-08-04
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Friendship, Middle-Grade, Retelling, Social Issues
Pages: 336
Format: ARC
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three-stars
The night her parents disappear, twelve-year-old Robyn Loxley must learn to fend for herself. Her home, Nott City, has been taken over by a harsh governor, Ignomus Crown. After fleeing for her life, Robyn has no choice but to join a band of strangers-misfit kids, each with their own special talent for mischief. Setting out to right the wrongs of Crown's merciless government, they take their outlaw status in stride. But Robyn can't rest until she finds her parents. As she pieces together clues from the night they disappeared, Robyn learns that her destiny is tied to the future of Nott City in ways she never expected.

Kicking off a new series with an unforgettable heroine, readers will be treated to feats of courage and daring deeds as Robyn and her band find their way in this cruel, new world.

I was really excited for this book for few reasons: 1. I love Robin Hood stories and this was an interesting take on the old tale. 2. I love middle-grade books and am always on the lookout for new ones for my kids. 3. I love strong female leads and was hoping that’s what this would be. After reading it, I was both happy with it and slightly disappointed.

What I Liked:

I really liked the different take on the Robin Hood story. I liked that it focused on a young girl who loved adventures and her family and who also happened to be biracial. I liked her curiosity and the fact that she was good with technology and building things. I liked that her family was important to her and that she was determined to find her parents. Even though her parents weren’t present in the actual book, the lessons they’d shared with Robyn beforehand and special moments they shared showed up in Robyn’s memories throughout the book and it was nice to see so much love in a family.

I also liked the group of misfits that ended up coming together by the end of the book. This is obviously a strong pull from the original Robin Hood but I just love how each of them had their part to play, each had their strengths, and even though they’d each been alone for so long, by the end of the first book, they’d come to depend on and trust each other. Friendship and family are both strong themes within this book.

What I Didn’t Like:

I really was not a fan of the addition of the moon lore in this book. It dragged the book down and added, what I felt, was unnecessary sections that bored me. The book didn’t need magic or any special connection other than family and love between her and her parents. We didn’t need something that specifically called out Robyn as the chosen one who was going to save everyone. And we certainly didn’t need any kind of destiny or prophecy that had her collecting elements in order to “win”. I don’t know. Honestly, I skimmed quite a bit of the moon lore sections. I just simply feel like it took the choice to save the people away from Robyn. It made her seem less strong and instead like she just stumbled upon this thing that she had to do. I know destiny is sort of a big thing in YA and middle-grade books but one of the best things about Robin Hood is his constant choice to keep helping the people. I wanted the Robyn in this book to have the same choice. And to be fair, she does choose to help people in the beginning, but I just hate the destiny, she has no choice, she’s the chosen one thing.

Also, there’s this weird part in the moon lore about the one being made of both light and shadow. This ends up being a comparison to Robyn’s parents and Robyn being biracial. And I’m just not sure that it needed to be made. I love that there are main characters that are diverse and I love that she has a strong relationship with both of her parents and that they are always presented in a positive way, but it just felt a little strange in the end. It could totally be me here, but I just wish, again, that Robyn could have been herself, just the way she was, for no other reason than just being who she was. I don’t need extra reasons for her to be biracial or for her to decide that it must be her to save the people of Sherwood from Crown. I just want her to be her and make the choices she makes because she wants to. But, again, that might just be my views on it.

Overall

Overall, I still enjoyed the book. I skimmed a bunch of the moon lore stuff because it really bored me and I felt it distracted from the real story but the parts that I liked about the book, I really liked. I’m on the fence about recommending this book. I’m glad I read it in the end but I’m also not entirely sure that I’ll continue with the series. I think this is one that you’ll have to decide on for yourself. (Obviously, you should always do that, but I think you know what I mean.) If it sounds interesting to you, I won’t stop you from reading it and if it sounds terrible to you, I definitely won’t push you into reading it.

If you have read this book, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

 

 



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New YA Releases for September 2015

Aug
21
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Are you guys ready for September? I mean, really, are you ready for September? There are so many books coming out! And not just any books. THE BOOKS WE HAVE ALL WAITED FOR ARE COMING!!!!!!!!!! But don’t just pay attention to those books. Because there are lots of other great books coming out this month. A Curious Tale of the In-Between by Lauren DeStefano is an adorable and slightly creepy story about a girl who sees ghosts and her new friends and their adventure. Everything, Everything is a moving story about a girl who is so sick she can’t leave her house and her relationship with her mother and the boy next door. Stand-Off is a continuation of Ryan Dean’s story after the ending of Winger. And there are about a million more I can’t wait for! Of course, I was talking about Queen of Shadows and Six of Crows. If you guys haven’t heard that those are coming out in September, you must have been hiding all summer! I can’t wait for my pre-orders to come in! This is so exciting! Here are the books coming this month.

September 1

A Curious Tale of the In-Between (Pram, #1) Everything, Everything Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4) Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between

Truest Cut Both Ways Vengeance Road The Copper Gauntlet (Magisterium, #2)

A Whole New World (A Twisted Tale #1) Firewalker (Worldwalker, #2) Hunter (Hunter, #1) Your Voice Is All I Hear

Anne & Henry Shades of Doon (Doon, #3) The Blackthorn Key Catacomb (Asylum, #3)

Dream Things True

September 8

Stand-Off (Winger, #2) A Nearer Moon Fans of the Impossible Life Sweet Temptation (The Sweet Trilogy, #4)

Drift & Dagger

September 15

The Weight of Feathers Tonight the Streets Are Ours Dumplin' Ash & Bramble

The Marvels Mirrored One The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen

The Hollow Boy (Lockwood & Co. #3) The Dead House

September 22

Blood and Salt I Crawl Through It Walk on Earth a Stranger (The Gold Seer Trilogy, #1) Never Never

Lock & Mori (Lock & Mori, #1) Nightfall This Monstrous Thing Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #3)

The Scorpion Rules Ungodly (Goddess War, #3) Beastly Bones (Jackaby, #2) The Unquiet

Crenshaw Sound

September 29

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1) Forever with You (Wait for You, #5) After You (Me Before You, #2) Madly (Potion, #1)

The Aeronaut's Windlass (The Cinder Spires, #1) Menagerie (Menagerie, #1) A Mad Zombie Party (White Rabbit Chronicles, #4) The Shrunken Head (The Curiosity House, #1)

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Have you read any of these books yet? Which ones are you most excited for?



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Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop!

Aug
20
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I’m really excited to be a part of the Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop hosted by Bookhounds and I Am A Reader, Not A Writer. Today I’m giving away my hardcover set of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han! I know a lot of people love this series or haven’t read them yet but really want to so I’m hoping to give one of you the chance to love them! And I hope you will! Just follow the rules of the giveaway and enter with the Rafflecopter and maybe I’ll be sending these books your way soon!

This giveaway is open to US addresses only due to shipping costs but I do have an International giveaway going on over here.

 

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1) P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #2)
Rules for the giveaway:

  • You must be at least 18 years old or 13 years old with a parent’s permission to enter.
  • The contest is open to US addresses only.
  • There will be one winner who will receive both books shown above.
  • I will contact the winner via email and they must respond within 48 hours or I will have to choose another winner.
  • One entry per household.
  • I’m not responsible for items that may get lost or damaged in the mail.
  • I will delete entries that don’t follow the instructions. So read carefully and please don’t cheat.

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