Friday, November 21, 2014

Rebound by Noelle August Cover Reveal!

Woohoo!  We are so excited to read Rebound and check out this awesome cover!  If you haven't read Boomerang you are so missing out - Nat and I LOVE that book!

Here's an excerpt, then scroll down for the completely awesome cover.

At Boomerang, one night can change everything…



Adam Blackwood has it all. At twenty-two, he’s fabulously wealthy, Ryan Gosling-hot and at the top of his game in the business world. His life is perfect, until a scandal from his past resurfaces and threatens to knock the tech wunderkind down and throw his company, Boomerang, a hook-up site for millennials, into chaos.


Alison Quick, the twenty-one-year-old daughter of a business tycoon—and the very ex-girlfriend of Boomerang’s former intern, Ethan—has a problem of her own. After nearly flunking out in her senior year of college, she has one chance to redeem herself to her father by proving that she deserves a place in his corporate empire. That means spearheading her father’s plan to sink big money into Adam’s company and launch it into the stratosphere—provided Adam has no skeletons in his closet.

When the two meet, their sizzling chemistry makes it tough to keep things strictly professional. But when Alison discovers Adam’s secret, she knows she should bring it right to her father, who’ll leverage it for his own gain and use it to ruin Adam. The only problem: she’s falling for Adam—hard.

Will earning her father’s approval come at the price of losing her first real love? Or can Adam and Alison leave behind past mistakes and conquer the world—together?


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

So, without further adieu, I give you the cover of Rebound:



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~Shel

After the Rain by Renée Carlíno

After the Rain** 1/2                                                                      
From the USA TODAY bestselling author of Sweet Thing and Nowhere But Here comes a deeply emotional contemporary romance about the second chances waiting beyond the shattered dreams of youth.

Under the bright arena lights of a rodeo show, young Avelina Belo falls for a handsome cowboy with a larger-than-life personality. After a whirlwind courtship, she happily moves away from her family in northern California and settles into married life with her cowboy on a seven-thousand-acre cattle ranch in Montana. One freak accident later, Avelina’s hopes for the future come to an end.

Nate Myers graduated from UCLA medical school at the top of his class, ready to follow in the footsteps of his father, a superstar cardiothoracic surgeon. Six years later, Nate’s career is being ruined by a malpractice suit. Questioning himself for the first time, he retreats to a Montana cattle ranch to visit his uncle and gain perspective. There, he meets a beautiful young woman named Avelina who teaches him more than he ever knew about matters of the heart.
 


Review:

After the Rain begins by showing the reader the history of both Avelina (Ava) and Nate before they meet each other.   To me, this was arguably one of the best parts of the book.  Seeing the events that shape these two, the experiences that produce the insecurities and fears that draw them together, is tragically moving.  

When Nate arrives at the ranch he used to visit as a child he immediately notices Avelina.  And she notices him.  Their mutual attraction slowly draws Avelina out of the shell she’s been hiding in since her husband died.  Everyone at the ranch is thrilled to see Ava waking up after years of silence and sadness. 

But a relationship can only go so far after so many dysfunctional years.   Ava is horribly insecure.  She is also more than a little jealous.  And Nate?  Well, Nate has been so focused on work the past few years that he’s hardly interacted with anyone on a non-professional level.  On top of that he’s never had a relationship.  Neither of these two are ready for a relationship. 

This is where my review becomes slightly spoilery….

Both Nate and Ava have a lot of growing up to do before having a relationship.  Unfortunately, the majority of this story is focused on the angst and melodrama of two people not ready for a relationship.  Eventually Ava steps up and insists that they need time away from each other so they can become more functional adults.  After that, maybe they can continue their relationship.  Unfortunately, this part of the story all happens in the last few chapters of the book.  After watching their struggles, I would have loved to watch them grow while they were apart.  Particularly Ava, since she had so dealt with so much loss and had so much to learn and so many GOOD things to experience.

This wasn’t my favorite romance of the year but I can’t deny that Nate and Ava were an interesting couple that kept me reading to the end.  I HAD to know if they got their happy ending.  Did they?  You’ll just have to read After the Rain and find out for yourself.

Nat






















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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Even In Paradise by Chelsey Philpot

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When Julia Buchanan enrolls at St. Anne’s at the beginning of junior year, Charlotte Ryder already knows all about the former senator’s daughter. Most people do... or think they do.

Charlotte certainly never expects she’ll be Julia’s friend. But almost immediately, she is drawn into the larger than-life-new girl’s world—a world of midnight rendezvous, dazzling parties, palatial vacation homes, and fizzy champagne cocktails. And then Charlotte meets, and begins falling for, Julia’s handsome older brother, Sebastian.

But behind her self-assured smiles and toasts to the future, Charlotte soon realizes that Julia is still suffering from a tragedy. A tragedy that the Buchanan family has kept hidden... until now.






Once again I was taken by a book on display at the library thanks to the lovely cover and intriguing plotline. I enjoy mysteries that slowly unravel themselves to the reader and this seemed like it would fit the bill.

When Charlotte comes to Julia’s aid after the latter’s night of excessive partying, little does she know how much her life would change as a result. Julia has this mystique about her and Charlotte can’t help but be pulled into her orbit. Befriending her means that her current steady social circle goes by the wayside. Her friends don’t care much for this but Charlotte, or Charlie as Julia calls her, sees nothing wrong with it. Soon these two are inseparable and then Charlie meets Sebastian, Julia’s older brother. Their friendship becomes something more and they both have a hard time knowing how exactly to proceed as she is Julia’s friend first and foremost.

The prologue at the beginning hints at a major secret and resulting fallout. Okay, I know I said I like for mysteries to unravel slowly, however, I kept hanging on for the big reveal even when I’d already kind of, sort of, figured it out. I just thought there’d be more to it to explain the rather curious family behaviour. For example, The Buchanan family takes to Charlie instantly and is quite overwhelming in expectations of her as Julia’s friend, as if appointing her Julia’s guardian. 

When the big secret comes out, Charlie feels as if she has been lied to. I had a hard time with that. Charlie is a new friend, only knowing them for a small while. I felt it was unfair of her to feel that way. I’m not saying the secret isn’t awful – it is – and it does go some way in explaining Julia a little. It's just that I was left with the feeling that this story just stopped short somewhere. Personally, I would have liked more exploration into the family dynamics. This peculiar family is a tight, loving unit and I would have liked a peek into their perspective of the events both before and after Charlie came into their lives. This is of course my preference. May be the intention was to have the reader feel just as Charlie, that she was left adrift and disconnected from these people once things came to light.

All in all, Even In Paradise has a decent premise and kept me engaged. BiblioJunkie Nat actually read some of it and found the tone of it similar to that of We Were Liars.  I read this book in one go and pondered on it over a two-day period. I think your feelings about the ending depends on how strongly you feel about gray areas. Believe me, there are plenty of those in this story. Give it a shot and let me know what you think. 

~ Bel

That's What HE Said Thursday #4







That's What He Said is a weekly meme hosted by the ladies at Chapter Breakwhere we spotlight a quote from our book crush to the object of his desire. We like to pretend it's us.

What better way to celebrate our book boyfriends?

Nat has chosen this week's selection from Glitterland by Alexis Hall. Nat insists that as you read this, you do so with a proper British accent. It will only add to the experience. Charming!






"I'm not here because I'm broken. I'm here because I'm whole. Difficult, potentially undeserving, but whole. And I don't need you, I just want you. I want you" 

- my voice had gone embarrassingly husky - 

"so fucking much. And-" 

Another breath, another breath. 

"-maybe I love you. Or could love you. Or might love you. Or may come to love you." 

There was a dizzy rushing in my brain, as though I was about to faint or have a nosebleed. 

"Or whatever."

The very manic Ash trying to declare his love to Darian without succumbing to a panic attack.

~ Glitterland by Alexis Hall


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (127)


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that highlights future releases that we are excitedly anticipating.

Anomaly (Schrodinger's Consortium, #1)



By Tonya Kuper
Publication Date: November 25, 2014


Reality is only an illusion.
Except for those who can control it…

Worst. Birthday. Ever.
My first boyfriend dumped me – happy birthday, Josie!- my dad is who knows where, I have some weird virus that makes me want to hurl, and now my ex is licking another girl’s tonsils. Oh, and I’m officially the same age as my brother was when he died. Yeah, today is about as fun-filled as the swamps of Dagobah. But then weird things start happening…
Like I make something materialize just by thinking about it.
When hot badass Reid Wentworth shows up on a motorcycle, everything changes. Like, everything. Who I am. My family. What really happened to my brother. Existence. I am Oculi, and I have the ability to change reality with my thoughts. Now Reid, in all his hotness, is charged with guiding and protecting me as I begin learning how to bend reality. And he’s the only thing standing between me and the secret organization that wants me dead…

Monday, November 17, 2014

A Peek In The BiblioBin #124


Welcome to our Stacking the Shelves post! Stacking the Shelves (or as we like to call it, A Peek in the BiblioBin) has been created by the lovely ladies at Tynga's Reviews.

Stacking the Shelves is a way for bloggers to share what books they have won, received for review, bought from the bookstore, borrowed from the library or friend, etc.


For Review:




The Ever After of Ella and Micha (The Secret #4) by Jessica Sorensen (via NetGalley & Forever/Grand Central Publishing)

Veronica Mars: Mr. Kss And Tell by Rob Thomas and Jennifer (via NetGalley)




Inside Out (Off The Map #3) by Lia Riley (via NetGalley & Forever/Grand Central Publishing)



Borrowed:



Even In Paradise by Chelsea Philpot


Friday, November 14, 2014

Gratitude Giveaway Hop 2014!



Gobble, gobble!  It's the time of year for us to give thanks for all that we have.  Here at BiblioJunkies HQ, Nat, Bel and I are forever grateful to all those who read our non-sense, participate in our hi-jinx and just generally give us a reason to keep on blogging.  We LOVE our blog.  It's our escape from our stressful and hectic lives, so the fact that we have followers never ceases to amuse and amaze us.  We haven't made following on GFC a requirement, but we are a mere 15 followers short of 1,000.  If you help us reach 1,000 by the end of this hop, we will give away a HUGE box of books for the New Year!

So, to say thanks, each of us has picked one of our many favorite reads this year to give away.  We've decided to go with a YA theme, so we hope you enjoy!  One winner will win the three books listed below.  Thanks to Kathy at I Am A Reader, Not A Writer for hosting!  Don't forget to check out the other stops on the Hop and good luck!  


Thank you all so much!

~Shel, Bel & Nat


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