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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Nice Girls Don’t Ride by Roni Loren

April 21st, 2015 @ 12:10 am
Posted by Kristie under Blog Tour Tags: Contemporary Romance, Nice Girls Don't Ride, Roni Loren

RoniLorenAuthorHeadshot2Please welcome author Roni Loren here today for the release of her novella Nice Girls Don’t Ride. It is a contemporary romance short story about a girl following the straight and narrow but learning to become free. This novella was released today, April 21, 2015 from Penguin Intermix! Want to know our thoughts on this story? Read my review here.

A huge thank you from Roni Loren for today’s giveaway! One lucky reader will win a $25 Amazon Gift Card.

About Roni:

Roni wrote her first romance novel at age fifteen when she discovered writing about boys was way easier than actually talking to them. Since then, her flirting skills haven’t improved, but she likes to think her storytelling ability has. Though she’ll forever be a New Orleans girl at heart, she now lives in Dallas with her husband and son.

If she’s not working on her latest sexy story, you can find her reading, watching reality television, or indulging in her unhealthy addiction to rockstars, er, rock concerts. Yeah, that’s it. She is the National Bestselling Author of The Loving on the Edge series from Berkley Heat.

You can visit Roni around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

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NICE GIRLS DON’T RIDE Excerpt

Chapter One

Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me, happy birthday, dear . . .

I groan and lean back against the guardrail, shielding my eyes from the piercing sunlight. How exactly should I finish that?

Girl who currently smells like sweat and roadkill?

Girl about to go broke paying for this mess?

Girl whose boyfriend will not answer his goddamned phone?

My fingers move over the screen as I text Caleb again. Where r u???

I stare at my phone, willing a response out of it, but the screen goes black before there’s any answering ding. Caleb had warned me that he was going to be cutting it close for our date tonight. And I know his internship at the local campaign office sometimes runs late when they’re prepping for a rally, but he should be out by now.

My fingers move over the screen again. R U secretly Superman in ur off hours? Come on, u can tell me. If ur saving the world, I’ll understand.

Of course, there’s still no response. And now my neck is prickling with not just sweat but anxiety. What if something happened to him? What if he was in an accident? What if—?

I stop myself before the thoughts spiral, closing my eyes and taking a deep breath. Cool it, Nat. But that little exercise only gets me a lungful of the dead skunk that’s roasting in the heat a few yards away from me on the side of the highway. Blech. I press my fingers over my mouth, fighting a wave of nausea.

I check the clock on my phone for what seems like the hundredth time. The roadside-assistance lady said they would contact a local garage and get me a tow right away. But it’s been over an hour, and the only cars that have passed by have either ignored me or sent catcalls flying my way. Because, of course, my piece-of-crap car had to break down when I’m all dressed up in a low-cut dress and heels for my birthday dinner. Yay for timing.

One guy had at least offered to help and had seemed nice enough, but I’ve seen how those horror movies end. Girl on the side of the road accepts help from a seemingly harmless stranger, only to have her organs carved out later that night. No, thanks.

A grinding of tires on gravel draws my attention upward. A black tow truck rolls past me on the road and pulls to the side, sending a cloud of dust in its wake. I keep my phone clutched in my hand, quickly check the can of Mace in my purse, and then push off the guardrail. The side of the truck says Billy’s Custom Cycles and Auto Repair. There’s a tattoo-style logo of a motorcycle on fire, and I know that it’s definitely not the name of the repair shop the roadside assistance service gave me. It had been some big chain—AutoPlus or something like that. A little shimmer of nerves goes through me and I stop where I am, my heels sinking into the gravel.

The front door of the tow truck opens and a tattooed arm appears before anything else. For some reason, my eyes lock onto pieces of the man instead of the whole—like I can’t handle the entire view quite yet, only snapshots. That muscular arm as the driver slides out of the truck. The worn black motorcycle boots that hit the ground. I force myself to look up, tracking along the faded jeans and fitted black T-shirt, until I collide with a dark blue gaze.

“Looks like you need a ride.”

The deep voice startles me for a second and snaps me back into the moment like a slingshot. Ping! Pay attention, Nat. Now is not the time to let my guard down. “No, thank you, I don’t. I already have another shop on the way.”

His gaze tracks over my dusty dress, slow and lazy like, before he lifts a dark brow. “How long have you been waiting? It’s pretty hot out here.”

The once-over makes me more than a little self-conscious. He can’t be all that much older than me, early twenties for sure, but something about him is intimidating as hell. “I don’t know. Not long. I’m sure they’ll be here any second.”

He crosses his arms over his chest and eyes my car, which has chosen this moment to start smoking from under the hood—as if it senses help in its midst and is crying out for it. “What shop is coming?”

I brush at the skirt of my dress, trying to give my nervous hands something to do. I don’t want to look worried or scared or show him that I’m melting in this brutal Texas heat. “AutoPlus, AutoMart . . .”

He scowls. “Autoland.”

“That’s it.”

“You might as well set up a tent then. They take forever to get to calls, and they’ll charge you twice as much as we would. Plus, they close at six. They’re just going to tow you in and then lock up for the night.”

“Says the guy who wants to make a buck on a girl stranded on the side of the road.”

The corner of his mouth lifts. “Hey, princess, I’m just trying to be a nice guy and get you to your”—he looks me up and down again—“sorority party on time. I get paid the same either way.”

Princess? Sorority party? My eyes narrow and I give him my own head-to-toe look, taking in the messy dark hair, the tattoos, the heavy boots, the finely shaped . . . I snatch the thought back before I can go there. “Look, Son of Anarchy, I appreciate the nice guy offer, but how do I even know you’re legit?”

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He snorts. “You think I drive a tow truck around for fun? Call the number on the side of the truck if you want. But otherwise, I’ve got better stuff to do than stand here in the heat, smelling roadkill. Two minutes, princess. I’ll be in the truck. You want a tow and a ride? You get in. If not, good luck with Autoland.”

He turns to go, and I feel a little dart of panic at being left alone again—even if he’s not exactly the company I want. This isn’t the best part of Austin, and the sun is on its way down. “Wait, what’s your name? You know, so I can verify.”

He doesn’t turn around but calls back. “Monroe.”

I dial the number to the shop and, of course, they verify that Monroe works for them and is driving the truck today. The guy on the phone sounds amused by my questions. And his reaction makes me realize that I’m being paranoid, that my nerves are officially frayed, and it’s making me act like a bitch. I thank the guy on the phone, hang up, and take a steadying breath. This is going to be okay. Not everyone is out to take advantage. Some people actually do things to be helpful without ulterior motives.

My mother would laugh her ass off at that logic. Everybody’s got an agenda, Nattie.

I straighten the neckline of my dress, hike my purse up my shoulder, and walk over to the tow truck with as much dignity as I can muster for a sweaty girl in a dusty dress. Monroe hasn’t climbed back into the cab, but is instead leaning against the front bumper and watching the cars zoom by on the overpass up ahead. He doesn’t look my way. “Verified that I’m not a serial killer?”

“Verified that you work for Billy’s. The serial-killer part is yet to be determined.”

He smiles out at the horizon. “Want to check the backseat for weapons or body parts?”

“I have a feeling you’d be too sneaky to leave such obvious evidence lying around. And if you aren’t that clever, I’m going to be seriously disappointed in myself if I fall victim to a dumb serial killer.”

He chuckles and it changes his whole face, warming it. When he turns his head, his blue eyes meet mine and my stomach tightens a little. I do my best not to let my reaction show on my face. Last thing I need is him thinking that I’m interested in him. Because, of course, I’m not. I’m totally not. If there’s an opposite of my type, it’s this guy. And plus, I have Caleb. Cute, smart, on-his-way-to-big-things Caleb.

Caleb, who won’t answer his goddamned phone.

Monroe pushes himself off the bumper. “I’m not sure if that’s a compliment or an insult, princess, but I’ll take it you’re going to ride with me.”

“Yes. But only because I can’t handle the dead-skunk smell for another minute.”

“I’m preferable to skunk guts? The flattery just rolls off you, doesn’t it?”

The jab lands squarely. I press my fingers to the space between my eyes and rub. “Sorry. I’m really not trying to be a bitch.”

“It just comes natural, then?”

My eyes snap open and I’m ready to hurl an insult back, but I find him wearing a playful grin and clamp my lips shut.

He angles a thumb toward the truck. “Get in . . .”

“Natalie,” I supply.

“Natalie. And kick the A/C on. Getting your car hooked up is gonna take a few minutes. You may want to call someone for a ride, too, because there’s no guarantee we can get this fixed tonight. I’m assuming you have plans.”

I glance down at my outfit, suddenly self-conscious about the sexy getup. It’s not my typical style, but tonight was supposed to be special, and I had wanted to knock Caleb on his butt. He’s been so wrapped up in work and school lately that I’ve felt a little like furniture. So I borrowed my roommate’s dress with its plunging neckline and treated myself to the new risqué lingerie I’m wearing beneath. I’m not exactly Ms. Vixen normally, so Caleb would’ve never seen it coming. Now it’s all a waste.

“I have a date with my boyfriend,” I say to Monroe.

“Right. So, he can pick you up?”

“He’s not answering his phone. But I’m sure I’ll get him soon.”

Monroe makes some noncommittal noise and nods. “I’m going to get to work. You go and cool off. There’s bottled water in the ice chest in the backseat.”

“Thanks.”

Before getting in the truck, I find myself watching Monroe walk back toward my car. He’s easily over six feet tall but doesn’t move in that awkward, hunched way that most of the taller guys on campus move. There’s an easy confidence to him, like he’s fully grown into his body and taken ownership—a man’s walk. My eyes follow him as he pops the hood of my car and leans over. The hem of his shirt lifts as he bends, exposing a strip of tanned, muscular lower back. I find myself wondering what it would feel like beneath my fingers and if he has any more ink hidden under there . . . I force my eyes away.

What the hell is wrong with me? I don’t have random illicit thoughts about complete strangers. Especially not strangers who have tattoos and call me princess.

I shake my head and pull open the door on the passenger side. Maybe I have heatstroke or something.

I lay my head back against the seat and close my eyes. But all I can see is the image of my new mechanic pulling his shirt all the way off, sweat dripping off him, me putting my hands . . .

I sit straight up.

Yep, definitely heatstroke. Has to be.

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Nice Girls Don't Ride

Available April 21, 2015 from Penguin Intermix

About this Book:

Natalie Bourne thinks she has the perfect night planned for her twenty-first birthday. But when her car breaks down and her boyfriend bails on her, she’s left stranded in an auto shop dealing with a way too cocky, way too hot mechanic, who seems to be intent on pushing every button she has.

Monroe Hawkins knows he shouldn’t be messing with a girl from the uppity private college. Especially when he can tell she sees him as the help. But he’s having trouble resisting the redhead with the smart mouth and the killer legs. So when Natalie’s night goes from bad to worse, there’s no way he’s letting her spend her birthday alone. He makes her a deal—he’ll take her home but not until the sun comes up.

Ten hours, one motorcycle, and the city of Austin at their fingertips…things are about to take a major detour. And soon, there may be no U-turn in sight.

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Review: Nice Girls Don’t Ride by Roni Loren

April 21st, 2015 @ 12:01 am
Posted by Kristie under Review Tags: Contemporary Romance, Nice Girls Don't Ride, Review, Roni Loren

Nice Girls Don't RideTitle: Nice Girls Don’t Ride

Author: Roni Loren

Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

Series: N/A

Publication Date: April 21, 2015

Format: eBook, 60 Pages

A-SIN: B00NGZB22G (Penguin Intermix)

ISBN-13: 978-0698198319 (Penguin Intermix)

Reviewed by: Kristie

Synopsis:

Natalie Bourne thinks she has the perfect night planned for her twenty-first birthday. But when her car breaks down and her boyfriend bails on her, she’s left stranded in an auto shop dealing with a way too cocky, way too hot mechanic, who seems to be intent on pushing every button she has.

Monroe Hawkins knows he shouldn’t be messing with a girl from the uppity private college. Especially when he can tell she sees him as the help. But he’s having trouble resisting the redhead with the smart mouth and the killer legs. So when Natalie’s night goes from bad to worse, there’s no way he’s letting her spend her birthday alone. He makes her a deal—he’ll take her home but not until the sun comes up.

Ten hours, one motorcycle, and the city of Austin at their fingertips…things are about to take a major detour. And soon, there may be no U-turn in sight.

This novella was included in the Riding Desire Boxed Set, which is no longer available. But Nice Girls Don’t Ride will be available again in April 2015 as a standalone from Penguin Intermix!

Quick & Dirty: A predictable but fun short story about embracing the moment.

Opening Sentence: Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me, happy birthday, dear . . .

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The Review:

Nice Girls Don’t Ride is an enjoyable new adult contemporary romance novella about a girl who starts out having the worst birthday ever. This was a really fun and quick story to read. There was something really freeing about the direction that the story went, even if it started out a bit predictable.

Natalie is dressed to kill, ready to celebrate her twenty-first birthday, when her car breaks down on the side of the road. It’s a really hot day in Texas and she’s already been waiting an hour when a tow truck shows up offering help. Although it’s not the tow truck that is supposed to be on its way. This tow truck comes with a young, hot, tattooed man. Natalie is attracted but like all sane and nice girls she fights the attraction because she has a boyfriend. Although maybe she isn’t too nice because she does fight that attraction with sarcasm. Natalie’s luck doesn’t get any better when her boyfriend completely stands her up and the resulting chaos of this is the predictable part of the storyline.

Monroe likes Natalie’s sass but of course he is also trying to be a gentleman because she’s one of those stuck up girls who wouldn’t give a guy like him the time of day plus he knows she has a “terrible” boyfriend. When Monroe finds out that Natalie is being stood up on her birthday, he decides that she has to celebrate it. She can’t be all depressed, sad and angry. Monroe wants Natalie to have a special birthday and he does all he can to help her. He also helps prove to her that life isn’t all about the straight and narrow.

Natalie starts off as a girl who knows exactly where her life is going. She is making sure she has a way better life than her mother. She does whatever she can to make everyone around her as happy as possible without causing any conflict. Natalie is pretty spunky overall, she doesn’t let what happened to her get her down.

Monroe is not quite what he seems. His character doesn’t quite match what he looks like on the outside. I really liked the fact that Monroe wanted to help Natalie even though in the beginning there wasn’t really anything for Monroe in it. His free spirited lifestyle really inspires Natalie.

I really enjoyed the sarcasm and wit of the characters in this story and I really enjoyed Roni Loren’s storytelling. It is just a short story but I did feel I got to know the characters well enough that I would love to see a continuation of where their story went.

Overall, this was a fun story to lose an hour with. I really enjoyed this short story. I really look forward to reading more of Roni Loren’s stories.

Notable Scene:

Monroe hops down from the table, singing along with them and grinning. “Happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear Nat-a-lie . . .” He leans over. “So, in answer to your question, no, I don’t think you’re an idiot.”

My hands go to my hips, and I give him my are-you-out-of-your-mind face. But I can’t help the swell of emotions that comes from the simple act of being sung to by a large group of people. There’s some weird power in that. I never really had birthday parties—even as a kid. Mom wasn’t organized enough to put something together. So I’d get a few presents and a trip to McDonald’s with my cousins. This is so much better.

I close my eyes. Because I will not cry, dammit. “If you think this is going to get me to kiss you again, prepare to be disappointed.”

“As if I would have ulterior motives,” he says, and I open my eyes to find him watching me with an amused expression.

And son of a bitch, I do want to kiss him. Because he looks so damn good standing here. Because unlike Caleb, he isn’t afraid to look silly in front of other people. Because he called me a badass and meant it.

I make a sound of frustration. “I’m still not sleeping with you.”

I step into his space, and I’m not sure who kisses who first. All I know is that before the birthday songs ends, his hand is in my hair and his lips are on mine and my body is melting against his.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Strange Skies by Kristi Helvig

April 20th, 2015 @ 12:10 am
Posted by Kristie under Blog Tour Tags: Burn Out Series, Kristi Helvig, Science Fiction, Strange Skies, Young Adult

Kristi HelvigPlease welcome author Kristi Helvig here today! Her newest novel, Strange Skies, will be released on April 28, 2015 from EgmontUSA. Strange Skies is the 2nd novel in the young adult science fiction Burn Out series. Want to know our thoughts on Burn Out? Read Kaitlin’s review here.

A wonderful thank you to Kristi Helvig for today’s giveaway! One winner will receive a signed paperback of BURN OUT and a signed hard cover of STRANGE SKIES…plus swag! This contest is US Only.

About Kristi:

Kristi Helvig is a Ph.D. clinical psychologist turned sci-fi/fantasy author. Her first novel, BURN OUT (Egmont USA), which Kirkus Reviews called “a scorching series opener not to be missed,” follows 17-year-old Tora Reynolds, one of Earth’s last survivors, when our sun burns out early. In the sequel, STRANGE SKIES, coming 4/28/2015, Tora makes it to a new planet only to discover a whole new host of problems—and the same people who still want her dead. Order Kristi’s books through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your favorite local retailer. Kristi muses about Star Trek, space monkeys, and other assorted topics on her blog at www.kristihelvig.com and Twitter (@KristiHelvig). You can also find her on Facebook. Kristi resides in sunny Colorado with her hubby, two kiddos, and behaviorally-challenged dogs.

You can visit Kristi around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

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DFT: Tora is definitely a firecracker. She has a strong personality. Where did you get inspiration for her character? When you’re writing scenes when she says or thinks something sarcastic, does her point of view flow easily?

Kristi: Tora’s character came very naturally to me, though she’s much tougher than I would ever be in her situation. My husband would definitely say that sarcasm comes quite easily for me. ;) As far as inspiration for her character, I had a vivid dream involving this scrappy girl that I’m sure was partly influenced by my years of working as a psychologist with teenage girls.

DFT: What are your thoughts on the covers of the books? I know that I’m impressed by the bright colors and cool silhouettes. How many tries did it take to get these covers right?

Kristi: I love my covers! They had asked me for input on the covers and what I wanted and didn’t want, yet I still was blown away by my BURN OUT cover. Something about the color scheme inside the tunnel with Tora walking toward the sun gave me chills when I first saw it. Then I loved how the cover designer incorporated the new world of Caelia and made the cover of STRANGE SKIES to reflect the lush landscape that had died on Earth.

DFT: When you created this world, what was your goal? Was it a fun process thinking up the new technology that a dystopian world would have? How did you go about making this new planet, with its similarities and differences to earth? 

Kristi: My only goal was to tell Tora’s story the way I’d experienced it in my dream. It was so fun thinking up the technology, like the W.A.R. (water in air) machines in BURN OUT that people killed each other over. With the new planet, Caelia, in STRANGE SKIES, I had to start by consulting with an astrophysicist to make sure about things like planet size and distance from the moon affecting the rotation and daily cycles. My oceans in STRANGE SKIES are freshwater rather than saltwater and I had to make sure that was a possibility (it is!) The creatures in STRANGE SKIES are different than the ones on Earth but have some commonalities—and they all serve a purpose in Tora’s story.

DFT: You get the chance to sit down for dinner and have a conversation with one of your characters. Who is it? Why? Where do you go to eat?

Kristi: Ha…fun question. I’d go grab some Mexican food with Markus because he’s a trip. For those that have read BURN OUT, this answer will make much more sense after reading STRANGE SKIES. I grew to like Markus a lot more while writing the sequel.

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DFT: Say you were in Tora’s position with two guys vying for your attention. Are you the type of person who is interested in Alec, with his easygoing and friendly personality? Or do you like strong and silent James, with more baggage than he lets on?

Kristi: I tend to like hanging out with easygoing and friendly people in general, though I certainly went through my bad boy phase when younger. Tora’s young so I’m cutting her some slack. ;)

DFT: If you were in Tora’s position, how long would you survive (from the beginning)? Would you make it to the new planet or would you die on earth before she even went through everything in Burn Out? 

Kristi: Someone asked me this question at a book signing in Texas and I started laughing. I’d totally be dead at the beginning of the story—I wouldn’t survive a zombie apocalypse either, so I think I’m just a wimp overall compared to Tora.

DFT: What scenes are the hardest to write? Action? Kissing? Which are the easiest?

Kristi: Hmmm…I didn’t find any scenes necessarily hard to write. Both books flowed out pretty quickly. I’d say that with the sex scene in STRANGE SKIES, I had to make sure to keep it rated PG enough for YA—which meant I totally had to take some things out. The action scenes were really easy to write because they played out in my head like a movie as I typed so I always knew what would happen next.

DFT: Who is your favorite character to write and who is your least favorite?

Kristi: With STRANGE SKIES, Kale and Markus were really fun to write for different reasons. It’s sometimes fun to write the bad guy, ya know? My least favorite character to write was a new girl who has her sights set on James. I cringed several times while writing her.

DFT: Was it nice to be able to write about trees, rivers, and oceans after the destruction that was Earth in Burn Out? Did it feel refreshing at all to get to move on setting-wise?

Kristi: YES! I’m such an outdoor girl by nature and live in Colorado where I love all things hiking, lakes, mountains, and trees. The setting of BURN OUT horrified me with its barren, dry Earth and I loved getting to create a planet from scratch so Tora could finally take a proper bath!

DFT: How emotional do you get when writing? Do you cry, and did you the ending of Strange Skies? 

Kristi: I do get emotional, but I’m not a big crier in general. However, I will say that when I sketched out the final, third book in the series, I did cry. And no, I won’t say why. ;)

Thanks so much for having me! :)

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Strange Skies Tour Schedule

Week One:

4/20/2015- Dark Faerie TalesInterview

4/21/2015- Curling Up With A Good BookReview

4/22/2015- Such a Novel IdeaGuest Post

4/23/2015- Addicted ReadersReview

4/24/2015- A Book and a LatteInterview

Week Two:

4/27/2015- Reading with ABCGuest Post

4/28/2015- Moonlight Gleam ReviewsReview

4/29/2015- Bookhounds yaInterview

4/30/2015- Library of a Book WitchReview

5/1/2015- Two Chicks on BooksGuest Post

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One winner will receive a signed paperback of Burn Out and a signed hard cover of Strange Skies…plus swag!
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Strange Skies

Available April 28, 2015 from Egmont USA

About this Book:

Action, adventure, and romance are heating up in this sequel to the futuristic science fiction thriller Burn Out. Perfect for fans of Across the Universe and The Memory of After.

Caelia is the new Earth. That’s what the Consulate told everyone and, against all odds, Tora finally has made it there. She can’t see the ocean from her cell in the Consulate’s containment center, and she doesn’t know what happened to the weapons her father died for and she’s risked her life to save.

But as she plans her escape, she runs into the last person she ever expected to see-her dad. The Consulate has kept held him prisoner in a complicated plot designed to lure Tora out of hiding. Now Tora has a new purpose: break free, get the guns, and save her father.

But first she’ll have to navigate a strange new planet, track down James (whose loyalties still remain questionable), and find Kale…before he finds her first.

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New Releases April 19th – April 25th

April 19th, 2015 @ 12:05 am
Posted by Bridget under New Releases Tags: 99 Days, A Work In Progress, Aflame, Asa, Beauty's Kingdom, Becoming Jinn, Challenger Deep, City Love, Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke, Diamonds, Do Not Disturb, Endangered, Every Last Promise, Finding Paris, Ignite The Shadows, Legend: the Graphic Novel, Memory Man, Nobody's Goddess, Pirate's Alley, Sealed in Sin, Spinster: Making a Life of One's Own, Stolen Magic, Stormbound, The Bone Tree, The Death Code, The Remedy, The Silver Witch, The Trials, The Whitechapel Fiend, Things We Know by Heart, Within These Walls, Wrong About the Guy

It is already the third week of April, I don’t know where the time goes! Like every other week this month there are tons of great new releases coming our way! This week is mostly YA titles, but there are also some great adult titles as well! Let us know what books you are most excited for in the comments!!!

New Releases April 19th – April 25th

    

  • Asa (Marked Men, #6) by Jay Crownover | William Morrow & Company
  • Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby | HarperTeen
  • Aflame (Fall Away, #4) by Penelope Douglas | Penguin Publishing Group
  • The Silver Witch by Paula Brackston | Thomas Dunne Books
  • 99 Days by Katie Cotugno | HarperTeen

    

    

    

    

    

  

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Review: Poisoned Apples by Christine Heppermann

April 18th, 2015 @ 12:01 am
Posted by Kaitlin under Review Tags: Christine Heppermann, Contemporary, Fantasy, Poems, Poisoned Apples: Poems For You My Pretty, Review

Poisoned ApplesTitlePoisoned Apples: Poems For You, My Pretty

AuthorChristine Heppermann

Genre: Fantasy/Contemporary Poems

Series: N/A

Publication Date: September 23, 2014

Format: Hardcover, 128 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062289578 (HarperTeen)

ISBN-13:  978-0062289575 (HarperTeen)

Reviewed by: Kaitlin

Synopsis:

Once upon a time…
you were a princess,
or an orphan.
A wicked witch,
fairy godmother,
prom queen,
valedictorian,
team captain,
Big Bad Wolf,
Little Bo Peep.
But you are more than just a hero or
a villain, cursed or charmed. You are
everything in between.
You are everything.

In fifty poems Christine Heppermann places fairy tales side by side with the modern teenage girl. Powerful and provocative, deadly funny and deadly serious, this collection is one to read, to share, to treasure, and to come back to again and again.

Quick & Dirty: These riveting, captivating poems impressed me in their honesty and uniqueness. I also loved the art that went along with them.

Opening Sentence: The action’s always there.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

To be honest, I was not sure I would like Poisoned Apples. My experience with poem books in the past have been flawed. To tell you the truth, I’ve never been a huge poem geek, novels are more my thing. But going into these poems, I found myself impressed. They showed both the messy sides of the fairytales and how fairytales are alike to today’s society. It was both modern and fantastical, and I really enjoyed them. There was really funny and really serious ones, but I was drawn to both kinds. They covered a lot of topics and feelings, good and bad, black and white, and a wide range of grey area.

This review will be really short, as there isn’t much for me to cover. Poems don’t have the same sense of character arc/development or plotline that a novel has, so I don’t have much to discuss. But these poems did everything. They covered anorexia a couple times, and drugs, and obesity. They talked about fairytales, the unseen parts, like how the ugly duckling wishes she were back in the reeds and not gliding through the water with her stiff, not chatty swans. There was a poem on the dress code, on health class, and other normal, everyday things. In one, a girl lost her virginity; in another, there were haikus written for different classes. Those were hilarious. Altogether, there was a wide range of poems and I enjoyed that there was no apparent order for where the real life ones blurred into fantasy.

I really enjoyed the author’s note as well. She talked about how she was meaning for the fantasy aspect and real life one to blur together, as she believes fairytales are retold every day in different forms. A girl living in poverty might be Rapunzel, trapped in her tower, perhaps waiting for a guy to drag her out of it. I didn’t realize that she is a popular editor starting the book, but good for her. Anyway, I found the Poisoned Apples poem book to be really well done, with interesting formatting that didn’t decrease from the story, and a prose that flowed nicely.

Notable Scene:

Photoshopped Poem

Some say the before poem

had character.

This poem is much more attractive.

With the Healing Brush Tool,

I took out most of the lines.

I left in a few

so it wouldn’t look unnatural.

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FTC Advisory: Greenwillow/HarperTeen provided me with a copy of Poisoned Apples. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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