Hey everyone! Today I have an sweet excerpt from one of Entangled soon to be released books, True North by L.E. Sterling, whom from which I will also have a guest post for sometime in April for my April's A-Post-A-Day challenge. Anyways, here's the excerpt and I will have a preorder link for you at the end!
True North - Excerpt
“Let me finish. I have a job to do. I’m obliged to do the best job I can. Not just because I work for Storm but because that’s who I am. That job is to protect you, Lu.”
I turn my head, unable to bear even another second. I’ve had my fill of Jared’s merc routine. Gentle fingers coax me back again until I’m just inches from Jared’s glittering eyes. They look feral in the moonlight.
“But Lu.” He breathes my name like it’s a full sentence. “It’s a good thing that’s my job, because… Don’t you know I can’t even help myself?” He’s so close it’s as though the boundaries of our flesh have disappeared. And within one breath and the next, his lips are on mine. Soft, warm, molding me to his mouth. Then, hungrier, he pulls me closer, seeking more.
I’m dizzy with the taste of him on my lips, in my mouth. When my strength gives out, I slump onto his chest and he holds me tighter. I can barely react to the blazing warmth of his body full down the length of me, the scratchy feeling of his shirt decal under my fingers. There’s a fire in me, too, and with his sudden nip to my lip, it ignites. I’m feverish for him. Jared’s chest is molten rock under my hands. I’m struck with a desire to run kisses up his neck, to just behind his earlobe, just to hear the quick suck of his breath. I grab his hair and pull him tighter still. My lips sting from trying to get closer, closer, and rubbing too hard up against his teeth. Jared tries to hold them back but I can feel his incisors sharpen, his growl deepen, his eyes flip to a luminescent green in the darkness of the garden as he drinks me in.
And just as suddenly as it started, he takes me by the shoulders and pulls me away. I sway on the patio bench like a rag doll, cold and dazed. The garden hums with some secret life, bugs and frogs, but it’s just Jared and me here.
Touching a finger to my swollen lips, I watch him. He pants as though he’s kicked the living tar out of someone, a glassy expression to his feline eyes. He doesn’t take his hands off me, but he isn’t going to bring me close again, either. And that’s what makes me explode.
“What kind of game are you playing with me, anyhow?” I scream at him, thankful that the garden is empty for my tirade.
I hope you all enjoyed that, and as promised, here's the link to preorder the book off Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1633755959/ref=x_gr_w_bb_sout?ie=UTF8&tag=x_gr_w_bb_sout-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1633755959&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2
Let me know all your thoughts about the excerpt thus far, and as always, you can also find me on my social medias: @BrookeEvans2001 on Twitter and @thecozylittlebooknook on Instagram. Don't forget to follow me there, and check out my post from yesterday about my new challenge for the month of April! I will be back soon with another post-most likely a review, and I will see you then!
Hi Everyone! I’m here today with some news that I briefly announced in yesterday’s post and here’s me elaborating on it and actually telling you what it is!
So to start off I’m sure anyone who is on Youtube during the month of December has seen the challenge of VLOGMAS, where vloggers and youtubers post 1 vlog/video a day throughout the month of December, and this is where the idea of my challenge stems from.
Obviously, if you read the title of the post, then you already know what this is about, but essentially, my goal is to post at least once a day, for the month of April, and since I have no creativity whatsoever, it is called APRIL’S A POST A DAY. Since the new year, I’ve been neglecting my blog a little bit, and I have so many guest posts and reviews that I need to post, and just get done in general, so most of them will be appearing in this challenge. Honestly, if I didn’t do this challenge, there’s a slight chance that I might only post maybe once a week, and Camp Nanowrimo is also happening in April :)
I’ve been noticing a lack of posts from some of the blogs that I follow, and with everyone busy in school and with work, it’s understandable but I invite anyone and everyone who wants to join me in this, to do so. It’s a bit later of notice than I had anticipated on giving for this but here it is anyways!
Here’s a couple examples of what you can look forward to in April, and of course, I will have an update post with all the posts I have planned :)
So I guess that this post isn’t the best one that I’ve ever written but I really like this idea of this a post a day challenge and hope that you will like it too, especially because it means a lot more posts for you all!
So let me know what you think of this idea, and if you’re excited for it (or anything else otherwise). Leave me all your thoughts in the comments below or find me on social media, @BrookeEvans2001 on Twitter and @thecozylittlebooknook on Instagram. And I will be back soon with another review and to kick off the start of this challenge!
Secrets of a Reluctant Princess by Casey Griffin
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publication Date: March 7, 2017
Format: I was provided with an advanced copy from the publisher for review. In no way was this review influenced by that fact.
You can purchase a copy of the book here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1633755932/ref=x_gr_w_bb_sout?ie=UTF8&tag=x_gr_w_bb_sout-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1633755932&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2
At Beverly Hills High, you have to be ruthless to survive…
Adrianna Bottom always wanted to be liked. But this wasn’t exactly what she had in mind. Now, she’s in the spotlight…and out of her geeky comfort zone. She’ll do whatever it takes to turn the rumor mill in her favor―even if it means keeping secrets. So far, it’s working.
Wear the right clothes. Say the right things. Be seen with the right people.
Kevin, the adorable sketch artist who shares her love of all things nerd, isn’t exactly the right people. But that doesn’t stop Adrianna from crushing on him. The only way she can spend time with him is in disguise, as Princess Andy, the masked girl he’s been LARPing with. If he found out who she really was, though, he’d hate her.
The rules have been set. The teams have their players. Game on.
This book I have a lot of mixed feelings about...there were parts that were loveable while others I struggled to agree with. To put it bluntly, the main character, Adrianna, acts really like a brat and that was my biggest problem with it. Before anyone starts yelling at me, allow me to explain.
The book felt more like a middle grade book rather than a YA book as it is marketed as, and given the age of the characters, it is appropriate to market it as that. However, Adrianna seemed to be like in middle school instead of being a 16(?) year old. The writing style was good but the characters themselves weren’t that great.
Another big problem I had was with the character development: All the characters were a bit flat. There was no appeal to why any of the characters did anything, and there really was no reason to empathize for them. The situation felt too ideal. It wasn’t realistic enough that others/readers can relate to because like Adrianna ‘magically’ made a friend the first hour within the school day starting.
I feel like there’s just not enough to the book. She starts a new school, everyone hates her, she embarrasses herself, she has an unfortunate last name, she gets the boy, etc… Everything is so cliche, and she didn’t even go crazy spending money like any other 16 year old would.
I think the main reason that I didn’t enjoy the book is just how i view things, that are very different than how they are viewed in the book. It’s more of a personal thing for me, and I know many people (such as my little sister) who would love this book. (Maybe I can get her to read it and write a review from her point of view?? I’ll see about that haha).
I do feel for the Adrianna. Personally, if my parents hit it big selling toilet supplies, and uproot my entire life, I might freak out a little just like she did. But there are upsides: she was bullied at her old school so moving to a new place would be the perfect time to start anew and build a new character for yourself. And where else is better than Los Angeles?? The center of the entertainment world. Where many of the most brilliant creative minds to ever exist reside. And with your parents getting a new show and 2 new brick and mortar houses, there’s a lot of monetary benefits to come. I would’ve just stuck the humiliation out and then laugh at all the haters when the TV show strikes it big and I have a whole new wardrobe and a bunch of other things because isn’t that what the Kardashians are doing? While we’re all laughing and hating on them, we still watch their show and they earn millions.
The ending really didn’t impress me that much. Instead of a 16 year old, Andy really sounded like she was 12 and her entire social life had been uprooted and that nothing is going her way and oh no, the sky is falling etc...Well i guess in some ways this is true but her tone is just so immature.
The entire thing with the paparazzi reminds me a lot of another Entangled book, How Willa Got Her Groove Back and Finn with his entire paparazzi incident. It’s a huge cultural change going from a nobody to someone that everyone either wants to be or everyone makes fun of.
Overall, I give the book a 4/10 (2/5 stars). I feel really bad for giving it such a bad rating but for me, the work just didn’t work or appeal to me very much. The writing is very good, and it’s nothing personal to the author at all and as I said before, I know many people who would like the book. The character development was the biggest issue for me, and so if that’s something that doesn’t bother you, go read the book. Also if you’re the type of person who likes to read the ‘rags to riches’ reality TV show stuff, then this is the book for you. ANOTHER THING: I have a guest post from the author from earlier this week, that you can check out here: http://thecozylittlebooknook.weebly.com/blog/secrets-of-a-reluctant-princess-guest-post
So what did you think about the review? I want to know your thoughts as I’m still trying to sort out mine :3. Leave me all your thoughts in the comments below or find me on social media, @BrookeEvans2001 on Twitter and @thecozylittlebooknook on Instagram. ALSO!! Look forward to a very special announcement for something that I have never done before on this blog coming TOMORROW!! I will talk to all of y’all soon!
Hey Everyone! Welcome back to my blog and if by some chance you just stumbled here, HI! I'm Brooke and this is my blog where I talk about all things bookish!
Today, I have got a treat for you! Many of you know, I love guest posts, and meeting new authors and that's exactly what we have today, in addition to a cover reveal for Jessika Fleck's newest book: THE CASTAWAYS! Granted, the cover was revealed a couple days ago but I still have it here! The post is about Jessika's publishing and writing journey so without further ado and my rambling, i'll let you get to reading it yourself!
Hi there, The Cozy Little Book Nook readers! I can’t even tell you how excited I am to be here. I’m a big fan of cozy book nooks. Seriously, in my house, if there’s a nook and it works to throw a pile of pillows and a stack of books there, it happens. Better yet if it’s near the fireplace and there’s a cat curled up and napping in said nook!
As release day for my YA debut, THE CASTAWAYS, approaches, I’m finding it hard not to reflect pretty deeply on this journey of mine. When I began writing I had no idea what I was doing. Truly. I was a young mom in need of a creative outlet and chose to write a story. But as I progressed, I got better. And, before too long, I was head-over-heels smitten with creating characters and writing all of the words and making new worlds come to life. Eventually, I completed my first novel. It was a mess, mind you, but it was all mine.
It was then I realized that maybe I could do this. Maybe, one day, I could have a book published. I researched. I read articles and blogs and entered writing contests. Then I wrote another novel. Whereas my first book had taken an entire year to put to paper (it was roughly the size of two whole books or one Steven King volume), this next one was finished in four months. After that, I worked to perfect a query letter. It was bad. My query letters are still bad. Despite my best efforts, I have no trouble admitting I stink at query/blurb/pitch writing. ::waves apologetically at agent and editors and publishers:: Nevertheless, after around seventy rejection letters, I landed an agent. Yay!
Fast forward three years and three unsuccessful attempts at selling a book, and my agent and I decided to go our separate ways. It’s not often talked about, but it happens more than you realize for a multitude of reasons. And it’s okay. Sometimes you need to move on in order to grow. Enter: Brenda Drake’s #PitMad. A few months later and on a complete whim, I posted this tweet: #YA #PitMad An island of castaways,a bloody war,time travel: Olive runs from bullies & lands in a worse trap.Mean Girls+Lord of the Flies. My (now) editor, Theresa Cole, ‘liked’ and requested it. That was in December, 2014 and I had an offer of publication from Entangled TEEN by February, 2015. It was a total on-top-of-a-rainbow-I-can’t-believe-I-did-this type of moment for me.
I’ve since gotten another publishing deal for a YA fantasy called THE OFFERING (Swoon Reads/Macmillan: Fall 2018) and signed with an amazing agent. I’m literally living my dream. It’s a surreal sort of place to be. All of a sudden I’ve gone from writing stories I think are cool on my laptop to OMG people are going to read these stories I once wrote for fun on my laptop! And, how the heck did I get here?
While I like to say I’m lucky (it’s true) and the stars aligned (also true) my getting here had a lot to do with persistence and hard work. It’s sort of cheesy, but you’ll hear it from most seasoned authors: persistence is key. And, really, you can apply this to all sorts of goals. Regardless of whether you’re trying to get a book deal or earn a scholarship or win first place in a pie eating contest, it’s never silly to keep shooting for the stars. Even after several ‘fails’. Because all of those sayings... if at first you don’t succeed... fall down get back up again... they actually have merit.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s hard work to persist. But. Dreaming big and being inspired and having passion, those things are so important. Without all of that, my goodness, where would we be?
Olive’s motto in THE CASTAWAYS is just be. It’s like her own version of ‘you do you’, which can mean something unique to each person. My just be is more a... do what you love and happiness is sure to follow.
What’s your just be?
Jessika Fleck is an author, unapologetic coffee drinker, and knitter — she sincerely hopes to one day discover a way to do all three at once. Until then, she continues collecting vintage typewriters and hourglasses, dreaming of an Ireland getaway, and convincing her husband they NEED more kittens. Her YA debut, THE CASTAWAYS (Entangled TEEN), releases 4/3/17. Her next YA novel, THE OFFERING (Swoon Reads/Macmillan) is due out in the fall, 2018. Jessika is represented by Victoria Marini of the Irene Goodman Literary Agency.
What do you guys think of the cover and the guest post? Is there any questions you have? Personally, I love reading about author's publishing journey, mainly because it gives me a little bit of hope, and it's just fun to see a little of the behind-the-scenes of the book/publishing world.
Anyways, who's preordered the book already? I'm looking forward to reading it so let me know what your thoughts are once it comes out!
Leave me all your thoughts in the comments below or find me on social media, @BrookeEvans2001 on Twitter and @thecozylittlebooknook on Instagram. I'm going to start posting a bit more regularly on here now, but no promises. So come back soon to see what else I have! (Hint: I have a lot more author guest posts!)
Hey everyone! To start of this week, I have a guest post for you by Casey Griffin, the author of the new YA book, Secrets of a Reluctant Princess!! This post is about her favorite parts of writing and how the idea of a book comes to be! So without much more of my rambling, here's...Casey Griffin!!
The When and Where:
There are some things about my writing process that I can control and some I can’t. Sometimes I have to be flexible when it comes to where and when I write. There’s definitely nothing routine about my life, so the same has to go for my writing. I have a “day” job that keeps me in a remote camp for ten days at a time, working thirteen-hour days. I have to use every spare moment I can, whether it’s in my room at camp, on the bus to work, or on my breaks.
When I get home for my ten days off with my busy family, my super supportive and understanding partner lets me hide away in my office for hours at a time. When I’m getting close to a deadline and it’s crunch time, I become a vampire, working through the night while everyone’s in bed and there are no distractions
Once I have an idea in my head, I always start with an outline. I’m the kind of person who likes to feel organized, to see it all laid out in front of me. Doing so allows me to know if I’ve missed anything or can up the stakes in the plot before I even start. By the time I put pen to paper, I can already imagine the book as though it’s a movie in my head, so the moment I start writing, it all just flows. If I ever come across a stumbling block, I know I need to return to my outline to work out some kinks.
My first draft is always in a notebook. It just helps my creative juices flow and something about it makes me feel like I’m allowed to make mistakes and cross things out. If I try to write a rough draft on a computer, I just end up editing as I go, and it stifles my creativity.
I usually try to complete the rough draft start to finish before touching anything up or else it starts to play mind games with me when I go back to write the rest. Finally, once it’s in decent shape, I print it out in order to edit. Words on paper just read differently than on a screen, and I find it easier to find mistakes. I highly recommend it.
What don't I want to be working on right now? There’s just not enough time to work on all the projects I’m excited about exploring—both YA and adult. But I'm very driven when it comes to writing novels, and I’m always on the go with at least one project. Now that I’ve just finished the third novel in my Rescue Dog Romance series, I’m writing a proposal for another contemporary teen romance novel (geek couture related, of course). And if I ever learn how to manipulate time, I’d eventually like to self-publish my book Dreamcatchers (plus the rest of the series), which got me to the finals in the ABNA contest.
So that's it for this post today! Let me know what your favorite part about this post was and any other thoughts you may have. ALSO: Look about for the review for this book towards the end of the week! In the meanwhile, I have another guest post on Wednesday so keep an eye out for that.
Don't forget to leave me all your thoughts in the comments below or find me on social media, @BrookeEvans2001 on Twitter and @thecozylittlebooknook on Instagram.
This is my stop during the book blitz for Behind the Lens by Cassandra Giovanni. This book blitz is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 14 till 20 March. You can see the complete blitz schedule here: http://www.lolasblogtours.net/book-blitz-behind-the-lens-by-cassandra-giovanni
Behind the Lens (Boys of Fallout #2)
By Cassandra Giovanni
Genre: Coming of Age
Age category: Young Adult/ New Adult
Release Date: 14 March, 2017
Natalie Scott's life is simple with no strings attached. As a band photographer, she's made metal music her life, and life on tour means no relationships.
At least not ones that last and that's the way she likes it.
She only has one rule.
Don't date or otherwise screw around with the client.
But she never said anything about love.
Brent Andrews knows Natalie's rules.
And he's about to make sure he's an exception to them.
All of them.
Even ones she didn't know she had.
You can find Behind the Lens on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23393232-behind-the-lens
You can buy Behind the Lens on Amazon: http://bit.ly/BuyBTL
Get book 1 in this series!
Book one in this series Out of Beat is available now! You can buy a copy on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Out-Beat-Boys-Fallout-Book-ebook/dp/B01M8LIR8F/
About the Author:
Cassandra doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t writing. In fact, the first time she was published was when she was seven years old and won a contest to be published in an American Girl Doll novel. Since then Cassandra has written more novels than she can count and put just as many in the circular bin. Her personal goal with her writing is to show the reader the character’s stories through their dialogue and actions instead of just telling the reader what is happening. Besides being a writer, Cassandra is a professional photographer known for her automotive, nature and architectural shots. She is happily married to the man of her dreams and they live in the rolling hills of New England their dogs, Bubski and Kanga.
For regular updates visit Cassandra’s website and sign up for her newsletter.
You can find and contact Cassandra here:
- Website: https://cgiovanniauthor.com/
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- Twitter: https://twitter.com/cgiovanniauthor
- Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6094287.Cassandra_Giovanni
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cgiovanniauthor/
- Newsletter: http://cgiovanniauthor.us3.list-manage1.com/subscribe?u=203d8dfc40f8c412687d68ac1&id=7ae3e3dac3&orig-lang=1
There is a cover reveal wide giveaway for the book blitz of Behind the Lens. One winner will win a paperback copy of both Out of Beat and Behind the Lens by Cassandra Giovanni (US Only). And another winner will win an e-copy of both Out of Beat and Behind the Lens by Cassandra Giovanni (International).
What do you guys think of the book? I've yet to find time to read it but looks like something that I'm going to love! If you've read it already, please let me know what you thought of it and let me know if you want to see a review of the book.
Comment down below or find me on social media @BrookeEvans2001 on Twitter and @thecozylittlebooknook on Instagram. ALSO!! If you didn’t already know, I have another instagram account that I’m currently using @OfficialBrookeEvans to post pics of what I’m doing, outside of the bookish world and I’m loving it! Tell me what else you want to see and I will have another post up real soon!
Off the Ice by Julie Cross
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: February 28, 2017
Format: I received an advanced copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review as part of the release promo.
You can purchase a copy of the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Off-Juniper-Falls-Julie-Cross-ebook/dp/B01HW6Z1I0/
All is fair in love and hockey…
Claire O’Connor is back in Juniper Falls, but that doesn’t mean she wants to be. One semester off, that’s what she promised herself. Just long enough to take care of her father and keep the family business—a hockey bar beside the ice rink—afloat. After that, she’s getting the hell out. Again.
Enter Tate Tanley. What happened between them the night before she left town resurfaces the second they lay eyes on each other. But the guy she remembers has been replaced by a total hottie. When Tate is unexpectedly called in to take over for the hockey team’s star goalie, suddenly he’s in the spotlight and on his way to becoming just another egotistical varsity hockey player. And Claire’s sworn off Juniper Falls hockey players for good.
It’s the absolute worst time to fall in love.
For Tate and Claire, hockey isn’t just a game. And they both might not survive a body check to the heart.
Honestly, this book disappointed me quite a lot. The writing itself as good but the plot went all over the place that it was hard to follow and not much was fully developed. In the end, it was a good read and I don’t regret spending the extra time reading it. With that said, this is a longer book, and took me the course of 2 days to finish, (most books only take me a day, I read during my lunch and before/after school and on the bus). It’s not one of those books that you can put down and the go do something else and then come back and easily pick it back up. I spent a lot of time going back to figure out where the book left off and where the next part fits. Maybe it’s just because of my horrible memory as it is the end of the grading term and my brain is kinda everywhere but I know a lot of people like me who would have the same problems.
As I always, say, if you’ve been around this blog long enough, or at least for a while, you can find a pretty consistent pattern to the books I read, and one type that I always come back to is about figure skating and hockey (or any Olympic sport for that matter). So when I saw that Entangled had yet another book about hockey players and a small town romance, I had to read it.
Unfortunately, this book really disappointed me in terms of plot and character development. The characters were really 2 dimensional, just flat characters. You want to connect with the characters, feel what they are feeling, emotionally but there really was none of that here. Like we see all the familial problems that they two main characters are having, but they are never explained, so we don’t ever find out what’s going on with them, and how this is impacting their life.
The idea of the book I liked a lot however. The classic girl coming back to her hometown to find the one guy that she’s always seen as a little brother as...something else. And of course, this guy just turned out to be the start hockey goalie of their little town. Oh! Something I’ve noticed, and maybe it’s because I live in Texas, hockey is a huge deal in some of the small cities up north-or anywhere that’s not Texas. In fact, I’ve never even see a hockey game.
Also I have just got to say, the boy on the cover is hooootttt. Like seriously though, take a second and scroll back up to the cover and just stare at him for a couple seconds (I’ll admit it, I may have stared at it a little too long but no shame, no shame haha). And just imagine, he’s a hockey player and athletic so...I’ll leave it there to keep this post still somewhat PG ;)
But the cover is something that I really love about the book. The few colors make just the right things pop, and I especially like the contrast between the red of their clothes and the blue/gray of the rest of the background. The only thing I don’t like is the glare effect that’s done onto the words, like a ray of sunlight hitting it, mainly because it just doesn’t feel like it fits, and hurts a little when looking at it.
JUST BTW, my rating is only based off the content, the plot and the writing of the book, and additional comments I make, such as about the cover is purely extra, and because I really like graphic designing, it’s just something that I notice and want to share. The rating of a book is not going to be reflected on how much I like/dislike the cover. Of course, a lot of work is put into creating the cover just as the rest of the book, so please don’t come bashing me later for saying that I didn’t like something of the cover.
Overall, I give the book a 6/10 (3/5 stars). The book wasn’t all that bad, and if you can stand the little things that stand out or the lack of development in both the plot and characters, then definitely give this book a try. If you enjoyed the Corrigan Falls series by Cate Cameron, pick this book up. I can’t promise that you’ll love it as much but it’s definitely up there.
So...what did you think about the review? Comment down below or find me on social media @BrookeEvans2001 on Twitter and @thecozylittlebooknook on Instagram. ALSO!! If you didn’t already know, I have another instagram account that I’m currently using @OfficialBrookeEvans to post pics of what I’m doing with lifestyle and more photography side of me, etc...Let me know what else you want to see and what books I should read next??
Weddings, Crushes, and Other Dramas by Emily McKay
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: February 13, 2017
Format: I received a copy from the publisher for review.
You can purchase a copy of the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Weddings-Crushes-Dramas-Creative-HeArts-ebook/dp/B01N9US5XA/ref=pd_sim_351_1?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B01N9US5XA&pd_rd_r=XPMSXWEQKYDPA9V9BYH9&pd_rd_w=XfZZK&pd_rd_wg=h4nwF&psc=1&refRID=XPMSXWEQKYDPA9V9BYH9
Falling in love with the best man wasn’t on the program.
Willa is happy to be the maid of honor in her dad’s upcoming wedding to uber-celeb Mia McCain. Not as happy about the best man being her soon-to-be stepbrother, the infuriating—and infuriatingly gorgeous—Finn McCain. Every time their paths cross, the attraction simmering between them grows a little harder to ignore. Willa knows all about guys like Finn—they only want what they can’t have. What’s between them isn’t real.
Finn has never felt anything more real than what’s developing between him and Willa. Sure, her dad warned him to steer clear, but it’s not just about forbidden temptation. He’s determined to prove to Willa he’s not going anywhere—and that happily-ever-after will always be worth the risk.
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a wedding so crazy it’ll make you laugh, a stepbrother so hot he’ll make you swoon, and a heroine so real she’ll make you cry.
I honestly meant to get this review up about a week ago, but I’ve been so swamped with writing essays that I’ve just gotten behind with writing reviews. But...I’ve had so much time to read books on the bus that I’ve actually finished quite a few books...so look for some of those reviews soon :)
Ok well I read this book about 2 weeks ago so it’s not as fresh in my memory but I jotted some notes down so the thoughts are all still here.
This book is the 6th book in the Creative Hearts series, written by 4(? I think) Entangled Publishing authors, and the 2nd book in the Will and Finn series. I also got a chance to read the first book in the series so I might have the review for that book on here soon as well.
The book picks up where the first one left off, just a little while after so If you haven’t read that book yet, go and pick it up: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015CLB6OA/ref=series_rw_dp_sw
The characters are exactly the same ones as from the first book, and most of the premise is introduced in there. One thing that is prominently changed is the amount of chemistry that is between Willa and Finn. Someone cranked it up, and if you somehow missed it before, there is no way you are going to miss it now.
Something that I really like is how Finn is able to help Willa adjust and get used to her new rise to fame, as the famous Mia McCain’s future stepdaughter. He’s been able to adjust to how to handle situations smoothly since growing up in the spotlight but
One thing that I absolutely love (other than the obvious plot and character attraction of course) is that fact that the book is in Austin and really highlights some of the unique features and landmarks it has, such as the Graffiti park and the lake. The houses around the lake really are beautiful and it’s depicted in the story with Mia’s house.
I love how there is more depth to the characters and the love story plot than some of the other books. Willa and Finn both realize for themselves that they have feelings for the other one but they are both shy and don’t want anything to mess up the current bond that they have but also at the same time, I just wanted to take them by the shoulders and shake the heck out of them so they would just voice their opinions. Of course, it all works out in the end so no harm, no foul.
I was a bit frustrating to see Willa and Finn kind of dance around each other and took most of the book for anything to really happen but the action kept going. There was not a dull moment as one thing happened right after another. But once they did get together, bAM! It’s amazing.
The only thing that the book left me with is wanting to see/know what happens next as Willa and Finn are officially stepsiblings and are also dating. How does their families adjust? Where do they go off next? Ahhh so many questions, no answers at all (as for now).
As for the series as a whole, I’ve only read Sloan & Tru and Willa & Finn’s stories but I love how smoothly the stories and plots flow from one to another, especially as they are written by different authors. There isn’t any inconsistencies (that I can find at least) and the story continues to move forward, while still keeping the characters from the other books in the loop.
Overall, I give the book a 8/10 (4/5 stars). I loved how happily this book ended for Willa and Finn. If you liked any one of the other books in the Creative Hearts series, then I highly recommend that you go and check this book out. And if not, you might want to start with the first book in the series, or just start with Willa and Finn first and then come to this book and I assure you, you will not be disappointed. I can confidently say that I will be reading and probably reviewing the next book in the series, I believe it’s a story about Dahlia (but I could easily be wrong so don’t come yell at me later if it doesn’t happen).
Once again, I would just like to thank Entangled Teen for allowing me to have the opportunity to read and advanced copy of the book and review it. Y’all are the best ever!
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Island of Exiles (The Ryogan Chronicles, #1) by Erica Cameron
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published by Entangled Teen
To Be Released on February 14th, 2017
Amazon : https://www.amazon.com/Island-Exiles-Erica-Cameron/dp/1633755924/
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Island-Exiles-Erica-Cameron-ebook/dp/B01GNYVPH8/
In Khya’s world, every breath is a battle.
On the isolated desert island of Shiara, dying young is inevitable. The clan comes before self, and protecting her home means Khya is a warrior above all else.
But when following the clan and obeying their leaders could cost her brother his life, Khya’s home becomes a deadly trap. The only person who can help is Tessen, her lifelong rival and the boy who challenges her at every turn. The council she hoped to join has betrayed her, and their secrets, hundreds of years deep, reach around a world she’s never seen.
To save her brother’s life and her island home, her only choice is to trust Tessen, turn against her clan, and go on the run—a betrayal and a death sentence.
About the Author:
After a lifelong obsession with books, Erica Cameron spent her college years getting credit for reading and learning how to make stories of her own. Erica graduated with a double major in psychology and creative writing from Florida State University and began pursuing a career as an author.
Erica is many things but most notably the following: writer, reader, editor, asexual, dance fan, choreographer, singer, lover of musical theater, movie obsessed, sucker for romance, Florida resident, and quasi-recluse. She loves the beach but hates the heat, has equal passion for the art of Salvador Dali and Venetian Carnival masks, has a penchant for unique jewelry and sun/moon décor pieces, and a desire to travel the entire world on a cruise ship. Or a private yacht. You know, whatever works.
Her debut novel, Sing Sweet Nightingale, released March 2014 and it was the first volume of The Dream War Saga. In May 2015, Erica and her co-author Lani Woodland launched the Laguna Tides series with Taken by Chance. Riptide’s new YA imprint Triton Books will release both books in the Assassins series, Discord and Nemesis, in 2016. The Ryogan Chronicles, a fantasy trilogy set to launch through Entangled Teen, will launch in 2017 with Island of Exiles.
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I breathe the briny air and try to consider the options objectively. As objectively as I ever can when my brother is involved.
Yorri was the first person to tell me that one day I’d be kaigo, just like our blood-parents, serving the Miriseh and earning high honors in Ryogo. I’d flicked him on the shoulder and said “Of course I will be,” but his faith had been what convinced me I was right.
Yorri gets so excited he stumbles over his own words when he’s explaining how he solved some new, impossible puzzle. He devotes himself with frightening fervor to anything that ensnares his arrow-quick mind, but sometimes needs reminding that the rest of the world exists.
Forget objectivity. It’s worth the risk.
I am going to keep him safe, just like I always have.
“You’re going to be late for the vigil if you stand here staring into nothing for much longer, Khya.”
I tense, keeping my eyes on the angry, dark, blue white-capped waves. I’d heard the footsteps approaching, but several people had come and gone already and left me alone.
Tessen, however, never was able to keep his thoughts inside his head.
“I won’t be late.” I answer without looking at him until he moves into my peripheral vision.
He leans against the wall to the left of me, his forearms crossed on the ledge and his head tilted up. With his arms folded on the ledge and his body held slightly away from the wall, I can make out the lines of muscle under layers of cloth, all of it hard-earned—though I probably won’t ever admit that to him. I don’t look directly at him, but I turn my head enough to get a better look at his face.
He’s taller than me, so looking down on him like this is strange. Seeing him without the hood and atakafu we always wear on duty is stranger. I don’t think I’ve seen his whole face since he became nyshin over a year ago.
His thick eyebrows sit low over his deep-set eyes and the line of his nose is straight, because somehow he was always quick enough in training to avoid all but the most glancing blows to his face. The setting sun highlights the red in his terra-cotta skin and makes his oddly pale eyes flash. Usually they’re limestone gray, but now they’re paler than ever and gleaming almost as bright as the sunlight off the ocean.
“Shouldn’t you be off training? Or guarding something?” I ask before he speaks.
“I am.” He smirks at me. “I’m guarding the mad nyshin girl who’s decided to perch on the walls and imitate a mykyn bird.”
“I’m not planning on attempting flight.” I wave my hand at him, trying to brush him off. “You can go, Nyshin-ten.”
His lips purse; I hide a smile. It was delightful discovering exactly how annoyed he got when I called him by his class and rank instead of his name. The flash of aggravation disappears quickly, replaced by his more usual sardonic smile. “Should I guess what has you lost in your own head the night of a vigil?”
“No. I don’t have that much time.”
“Then I won’t guess. Only your brother puts that look on your face.”
I look at him, expecting to see mockery in his eyes. There isn’t any. He looks almost…serious?
“You’re worried about his herynshi. Unless he’s in trouble again? It’s been a while. He’s overdue.”
“It’s been a while because he doesn’t have to deal with people who point out his every mistake anymore. Like you.” Gritting my teeth, I bend to brace my hand on the ledge and jump down to where Tessen stands. At six feet, he’s only an inch or two taller than me. Our eyes are nearly level when I square off against him. “You’re one of the reasons he ever got in trouble in the first place.”
“And you spent years trying to make him invisible.” Tessen’s lips thin, and the muscles in his jaw clench for a moment. “Even before you found your wards, you shielded him from everything. What he can do now that you’re not there to monitor his every move should be all the proof you need.”
“He would have died if I hadn’t protected him.” Nothing will ever convince me it was wrong to keep him alive. “You can’t seriously be suggesting I should have let that happen?”
“No, that isn’t— You don’t even know what he’s capable of! How long has it been since you’ve seen him fight? It’s been—” He steps back, his lips pressed tight and his hands held away from his weapons. “Bellows, Khya. I didn’t come here to fight with you. This isn’t how this was supposed to go.”
I blink. “What?” Tessen backing away from an argument? This has to be a trick. “How what was supposed to go?”
He shakes his head, a small smile quirking up the corners of his mouth. “I only came to ask if you’d dance with me tonight at the celebration.”
He can’t be serious…but there’s not a single sign that he isn’t being sincere.
I drop my gaze to hide the confusion that has to show on my face. My focus catches on the pendant gleaming against the undyed cloth of his tunic—a two-inch iron disc etched with crossed zeeka swords. Blood and rot, I hate seeing that around his neck. The zeeka is the symbol of the kaigo; the pendant is a symbol of their students.
Tessen is wearing the kaigo-sei pendant that should have been mine.
Out of the whole clan, the Miriseh and the kaigo only choose one nyshin-ten per year. His blood-mother, Neeva, is on the kaigo council. Being named a kaigo-sei isn’t a guarantee of advancement, but it is a sign that the leaders of the clan are keeping an eye on you. The kaigo-sei are given extra training and have to face additional tests of magic, skill, and leadership. Not every nyshin named a kaigo-sei student becomes a council member, but no one who isn’t a kaigo-sei will ever become one. I can still earn one—and I will, sooner rather than later—but it seems like they’re already grooming Tessen to take Kaigo Neeva’s place one day.
Rot take him, it was supposed to be me.
Swallowing the fruitless envy building in my chest, I raise my eyes to meet Tessen’s again. “I don’t make promises I don’t intend to keep.”
“But that’s not a no, so I’ll ask again tonight.” He smiles, inclines his head, and then walks away whistling. I hate that sound, and I’m almost positive he knows that.
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Hi Everyone! It’s been a hot minute since I’ve posted on here but no fear, there’s plenty of posts coming your way soon! I’m very excited for February because I’ve teamed up with some awesome people with some amazing book review coming your way as well as some guest posts by authors that I won’t mention just yet but get excited because they’re all pretty great!!
Much of this post may seem like I’m just making excuses for myself, and I’m not going to lie, that’s what some of them are. I’ve just gotten so far behind that I had to sit back and get my personal life back on track that I’ve completely neglected my blog.
First things first however, let’s do a quick recap of January. January came and left like a freight train. Like I was hit by something and I still don’t know what’s going on or how. School started up and it was a lot harder than I expected. Many people had told me that second semester sophomore year was going to be hard but this was a whole different level. I reviewed a few books in January, but not in the numbers like I had in 2016, where I posted about 4-5 times a week.
At the end of January and beginning of February, I didn’t post anything or write any reviews for my blog at all, but instead focused a bit more on my mental health. I’ve had the same wake-up/bed time routines for the past 4-5 years now and just now it’s starting to actually get to me of how little sleep I get and how much brain power is actually needed to get me through the day, and I just simply do not have that. I started having mental breakdowns near the end of the January and that was not good at all. Anyways, I’ve been working through that, trying to get more sleep and keep my grades up all at the same time.
Now as I have already made commitments to several authors and publicists with reviews and guest posts and other stuff that I don’t want to back out of now, or postpone, I will continue to get all of those posts up at a somewhat timely manner. If you have emailed me and I have not responded, or I agreed to something but I haven’t actually done it yet, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE email me again just to remind me because my brain has been everywhere and I haven’t been using any planning type thing to keep track of everything. There was about a week where I just ignored all my emails and twitter etc… just because I couldn’t keep up.
I’ve already planned out about a week to 2 weeks in March that I’m going to take an actual planned hiatus, just until spring break rolls around (which should be the 3rd week of March) just so I can keep up with school work. I’ve also started a couple new activities this semester that I am loving so far but is very time consuming. Also some of ya’ll know this but I play both piano and flute and competition/contest/festival season is starting now so a lot more time is needed for me to put into practicing.
One thing that I’m super glad to have is the time to read more books that I want to read. Not that I dislike reading books for review, but sometimes just knowing the commitment that I’m making for reading a book takes the fun out of it. I’ve read at least 10 books that I’ve had my eye on for a while, and while there is a good chance that I may never review most of them on this blog, I have a couple discussion posts that I want to write. But who knows? I might get productive one of these days and write a review for each of the books.
Yall, I’m so, so grateful for each and every one of you so much, I can’t fully express it. I have a lot more to come on this blog, and other future plans as well that is going to be so exciting and fun, and I just can not wait to be able to reveal them to you. I have a couple posts currently scheduled and I have a couple more that needs to be written.
SO tell me, what are you looking forward to? What have you been up to these days? I haven’t had as much interaction with all of you in a while so I’m behind :) Anyways, comment down below your thoughts and what books I should read next or find me on social media @BrookeEvans2001 on Twitter and @thecozylittlebooknook on Instagram. ALSO!! If you didn’t already know, I have another instagram account that I’m currently using @OfficialBrookeEvans to post pics of what I’m doing, outside of the bookish world and I’m loving it! Tell me what else you want to see and I will have another post up real soon!
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