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Review: Roadside Magic by Lilith Saintcrow

June 17th, 2017 @ 12:01 am
Posted by Roxanne under Review Tags: , , , ,

Title: Roadside Magic

Author: Lilith Saintcrow

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Gallow and Ragged (Book #2)

Publication Date: January 26, 2016

Format: Paperback, 323 Pages

ISBN-10: 0316277878 (Orbit)

ISBN-13: 978-0316277877 (Orbit)

Reviewed by: Roxanne

Synopsis:

New York Times bestselling author Lilith Saintcrow returns to dark fantasy with a new series where the fairy world inhabits diners, dive bars and trailer parks.

The Seelie and unSeelie Courts are both in plague-ravaged tatters. The Wild Hunt roams unchecked, taking who and what it will, and the walls between the human world and the world of the sidhe are thinning rapidly. Gallow is the only hope of human and sidhe both.

But all Jeremy wants to do is find Robin Ragged . . . and survive. Unfortunately, everyone who meets him has other plans. Including the Ragged, who is fleeing for her life—and the King of Unwinter, whose poisoned blade has cut deep into Jeremy’s flesh…

Quick & Dirty: Robin is being hunted, can Gallow reach her before the hunter does?

Opening Sentence: The thing lying before her was no longer sidhe.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Robin is planning her revenge against Summer for Sean and Puck for Daisy. Daisy, the little sister that Gallow married and loved, and now he attempts to court her as well. But Robin is haunted as well as hunted and as she revisits her childhood haunts, she finds that the her old home has been attacked as well. It doesn’t surprise her that Summer is so vindictive. Robin then remakes the changeling that took Sean’s place into a cu sidhe.

Gallow is chasing Robin, but he is moving slower as the wound he took for her is spreading poison throughout his body. He is pissed when he finds that his childhood friend Crenn is hunting Robin as well. When they find her at the goblin’s market they work together to save her from Unwinter, then Crenn steals her away. Gallow makes a deal with Unwinter for Robn’s protection, but it is too late with her being taken into summer.

He finds Puck alive and well and wanting to work with him to find Robin, but during the course of that he finds that Puck was behind Daisy’s death and their alliance falls apart. Meanwhile, the plague has unleashed itself full force in Summer’s boundaries. Gallow is racing against time with his poisoned wound to find and save Robin. Will he be able too?

I found this second book in the series to be much better than the first one, and it tied things together nicely. It also cleared up some of the questions you get in the first book. I will not of course reveal those because I hate spoilers. I am really looking forward to seeing what happens in book 3, because so far the plague just seems to be a background issue. It’s really more about Robin and Gallow and how they are tied together and their sort of love story.

There is no romance in this book either, but they do dance quite a bit more in this one. I see why Robin is leery as she is a dead ringer for Daisy, her little sister and his dead wife. I still like them though and I still feel like there is quite a bit of untapped potential in this series. I am still not sure if I get the trailer park references because other than occasionally, the series really seems to have nothing to do with trailer parks.

Notable Scene:

Certainly Summer had sworn so there were two possibilities: The Queen had a further use for the Ragged… or vengeance. And while Summer had uses for all who came into her snow-white, grasping hands, only the latter would move a queen to spend such attention on a small nagging detail when her wider realm was in danger of rotting on the vine.

Gallow and Ragged Series:

1. Trailer Park Fae

2. Roadside Magic

3. Wasteland King

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FTC Advisory: Orbit provided me with a copy of Roadside Magic. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Once and For All by Sarah Dessen

June 16th, 2017 @ 12:01 am
Posted by Bridget under Blog Tour Tags: , , ,

I’m so excited to be participating in the blog tour for Once and For All by Sarah Dessen today. This is an adorable YA contemporary that features a girl whose mother is a wedding planner! Today for my post I have decided it would be really fun to feature some of the things you need when it comes to planning a wedding. I, of course, have included some fun photos so make sure to check out my post below.  This novel was released on June 6, 2017 by Viking Books for Young Readers/Penguin Teen.

Enter for a chance to win one (1) of five (5) copies of Once and for All by Sarah Dessen (ARV: $19.99 each). NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on May 29, 2017 and 12:00 AM on June 26, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about June 30, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

About Sarah:

Sarah Dessen is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen novels for teens, which have received numerous awards and rave reviews, and have sold millions of copies worldwide. She is the recipient of the 2017 Margaret A. Edwards Award from the American Library Association.  Sarah lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband, Jay, and their daughter, Sasha Clementine.

You can visit Sarah around the web here: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

Want to read more from Sarah Dessen?

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There is so much that goes into planning a wedding and I thought it would be fun to make a small list and take a photo shoot of some things you will need for a wedding.

First you have to find the right person you want to spend the rest of your life with!

Next you have to pick out what colors you plan to use for your wedding.

Next its times to pick where you plan to get married!

Next you must find the perfect wedding dress!

You must find the perfect invitations, the perfect ring, and the perfect refreshments to serve at the reception!!!

I know this isn’t everything you would need for a wedding but at least it would be a good start!!! What is your favorite things about a wedding????

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TOUR SCHEDULE

Week One:

May 29 – Lost in Lit – Bookish Wedding Ideas

May 30 – The Young Folks – Top 10 Reasons to Read OAFA

May 31 – Icey Books – OAFA Spotlight

June 1 – Andi’s ABCs – OAFA Inspired Wedding Invites

June 2 – The YA Book Traveler – Bookish Wedding DIY

 

Week Two:

June 5 – Alexa Loves Books – OAFA Playlist

June 6 – The Perpetual Page-Turner – Author Q&A

June 7 – Ex Libris – Review

June 8 – Pop! Goes the Reader – OAFA Inspired Wallpaper

June 9 – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – On Planning an Intimate (Fun!) Wedding

 

Week Three:

June 12 – The Fandom

June 13 – Booksthetics

June 14 – Once Upon a Twilight – Review

June 15 – Bibliophile Gathering – Review

June 16 – Dark Faerie Tales – OAFA Inspired Photoshoot

 

Week Four:

June 19 – A Page With A View – Quiz: Which Dessen Character Are You?

June 20 – Bookworm Everlasting – Review & Photograph

June 21 – Fiction Fare – Favorite Quotes from OAFA

June 22 – ButterMyBooks – Review

June 23 – YA Bibliophile – Character Easter Eggs in OAFA

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This contest is provided by Viking Books for Young Readers/Penguin!

Five lucky reader’s will win a copy of Once and For All!

Available June 6, 2017 by Viking Books for Young Readers/Penguin

About this Book:

As bubbly as champagne and delectable as wedding cake, Once and for All, Sarah Dessen’s thirteenth novel, is set in the world of wedding planning, where crises are routine.

Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that’s why she’s cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm’s length. But Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged, now that he’s met the one girl he really wants.

Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself.

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Review: Trailer Park Fae by Lilith Saintcrow

June 15th, 2017 @ 12:01 am
Posted by Roxanne under Review Tags: , , , ,

Title: Trailer Park Fae

Author: Lilith Saintcrow

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Gallow and Ragged (Book #1)

Publication Date: June 23, 2015

Format: Paperback, 312 Pages

ISBN-10: 0316277851 (Orbit)

ISBN-13: 978-0316277853 (Orbit)

Reviewed by: Roxanne

Synopsis:

New York Times bestselling author Lilith Saintcrow returns to dark fantasy with a new series where the fairy world inhabits diners, dive bars and trailer parks.

Jeremy Gallow is just another construction worker, and that’s the way he likes it. He’s left his past behind, but some things cannot be erased. Like the tattoos on his arms that transform into a weapon, or that he was once closer to the Queen of Summer than any half-human should be. Now the half-sidhe all in Summer once feared is dragged back into the world of enchantment, danger, and fickle fae—by a woman who looks uncannily like his dead wife. Her name is Robin, and her secrets are more than enough to get them both killed. A plague has come, the fullborn-fae are dying, and the dark answer to Summer’s Court is breaking loose.

Be afraid, for Unwinter is riding…

Quick & Dirty: Fae are dying, and Robin is on a mission to find Gallow and have him help save everyone.

Opening Sentence: Summer, soft green hills and shaded dells, lay breathless under a pall of smoky apple-blossom dusk.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Jermiah has left behind his past…well his fae past. He has been living like a mortal long before his wife Daisy died. He is working construction and living a very human life until the day she walks into the bar. Robin looks just like Daisy, she isn’t but she looks just like her and she is looking for Gallow and running from Unwinter. There is a plague that is killing full blooded fae.

She is also looking for Puck, but she finds Gallow first and he is drawn into running with her. He has secrets and so does she, and neither of them trust much. But they will need allies in order to stay alive in the game that is ahead for them.

Soon it becomes an all out race against time, the plague and Unwinter. Will Robin and Jermiah be able to find out what is going on? Will they be able to save each other and everyone else?

I wasn’t blown away by this, but I did enjoy it. I wasn’t a total fan of some of the prose and wording, but I did like the world building and I was intrigued by the concept. Robin and Jermiah are half fae, he fled to marry his mortal wife Daisy, and Robin still belongs to Summer’s court. Jermiah has a lot of ties to the Court and relationships he would like to forget, but he and Robin seemed to mesh well and no romance so far.

I am not sure if I am disappointed, sometimes I prefer no romance in a story, but I like them and I do hope to see some sparks really start flying.

Notable Scene:

It didn’t matter. She wasn’t Daisy, she couldn’t be Daisy… but still. He knocked one man aside, ducked another flung beer bottle, threw his arm up as someone tossed a bar stool. It was nothing but reflex: the leg almost clipped his skull but the cursed sidhe speed was still with him. Everything slowed down, droplets and shards of glass hanging in struggling air, faces contorted with rage. Jermiah moved.

Gallow and Ragged Series:

1. Trailer Park Fae

2. Roadside Magic

3. Wasteland King

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FTC Advisory: Orbit provided me with a copy of Trailer Park Fae. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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Review: Unexpected Rush by Jaci Burton

June 14th, 2017 @ 12:01 am
Posted by Roxanne under Review Tags: , , , , ,

Title: Unexpected Rush

Author: Jaci Burton

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Sports

Series: Play by Play (Book #11)

Publication Date: February 16, 2016

Format: Paperback, 330 Pages

ISBN-10: 0425276813 (Berkley/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0425276815 (Berkley/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Roxanne

Synopsis:

In the new Play-By-Play novel by the New York Times bestselling author of All Wound Up, a football hot shot and his best friend’s sister are breaking all the rules.

All the Right Moves

For Barrett Cassidy, playing defense for the Tampa Hawks is a dream come true. And now he may have discovered his dream woman. Harmony Evans, once the sweet, gawky teenage sister of his best friend and teammate has grown into a smart, gorgeous woman with moves he finds hard to resist. But he knows he can’t get involved with his best friend’s sister—it’s guy code.

Harmony has always gone after what she wants with single-minded determination, from her independence to her education to her career in social work. She never expected her youthful crush on Barrett to develop into something deeper. And she’s not about to let some ridiculous man rules or her brother stand in her way.

When the chemistry is this combustible, lines tend to get crossed. And when Barrett and Harmony’s secret gets out, it just might be game over…

Quick & Dirty: When Barrett starts to fall for his best friend’s sister, will this be his worst play ever?

Opening Sentence: “Men Suck.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Harmony has just been dumped by her boyfriend when her long term crush on Barrett decides to resurrect itself. But Barrett keeps shutting her down, she is his best friend’s sister and that is against all man code. When he hires her to redo his new house, and she challenges him to dinner. He knows things are getting out of control. Soon they are spending more and more time together and Barrett knows this is all wrong.

Harmony goes along with Barrett’s wishes to keep a secret, just for now. It isn’t making her happy, and as they avoid each other at family functions it keeps getting awkward. However, she can’t resist him either. Soon every moment they have they spend together. Barrett knows that he will have to tell her brother and soon, because he knows that he is in love with Harmony.

But before he can tell him their relationship is exposed and Barrett and Drake end up in a fight. Then Harmony gets mad because if they had been upfront like she wanted to be none of this would have happened. So she dumps him! Will Barrett be able to fix his friendship and his relationship with Harmony? Or will he lose it all?

This was a nice romance. I enjoyed Harmony and Barrett, not that they really had too much relationship angst, but sometimes that makes the story nicer in the long run. Barrett was a little silly for football player. But then it mildly annoyed me that Harmony just threw him under the bus, she is a big girl and she could open her mouth and tell her own family what is going on.

It only mildly annoyed me though, overall, I enjoyed the story even though I am not always a big sports fan, but thankfully for the most part this was free of a lot of sports. I haven’t read the others in the series, but I can guess that some of them were in this book, but it didn’t take away from anything and I didn’t feel lost at all.

Notable Scene:

Barrett spent most of Saturday trying to talk himself out of going over to Harmony’s place. In the end, the couldn’t figure out a legitimate reason why he shouldn’t go that wouldn’t make him look like a total wuss. So he decided he’d suck it up and do it. They could be friends.

Play by Play Series:

1. The Perfect Play

2. Changing the Game

3. Taking a Shot

4. Playing to Win

5. Thrown by a Curve

6. One Sweet Ride

6.5 Holiday Games

7. Melting the Ice 

8. Straddling the Line

8.5 Holiday on Ice

9. Quarterback Draw

10. All Wound Up

10.5 Hot Holiday Nights

11. Unexpected Rush

12. Rules of Contact

13. The Final Score

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FTC Advisory: Berkley/Penguin provided me with a copy of Unexpected Rush. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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Review: Spark by Holly Schindler

June 13th, 2017 @ 12:01 am
Posted by Tara under Review Tags: , , , , ,

Title: Spark

Author: Holly Schindler

Genre: YA Contemporary, Magical Realism

Series: N/A

Publication Date: May 17, 2016

Format: Hardcover, 304 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062220233 (HarperTeen)

ISBN-13: 978-0062220233 (HarperTeen)

Reviewed by: Tara

Synopsis:

The local Avery Theater was just a run-down building to Quin—until her mother told her the tragic love story of Nick and Emma that played out on the theater’s stage all those years ago. Quin is convinced it’s the perfect story to rewrite for her drama class, but when she goes searching for more information, she makes a startling discovery—the Avery is rapidly regaining its former splendor and setting the stage for her classmates Dylan and Cass to relive Nick and Emma’s romance. Quin can see the spark between them, but it’s up to her to make sure her friends—and the Avery—can both be saved this time around.

Quick & Dirty: This is an adorable magical realism novel that is ultimately a love letter to the theater.

Opening Sentence: When I dream, it’s always on a screen.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Going into this book, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. The premise sounded intriguing but contemporary novels are usually hit or miss with me. However, this one was the perfect mix of contemporary and magical realism. Plus, there wasn’t a romance for the main character, which was different and refreshing.

This story combined mystery, romance, and high school to create an engaging tale. After setting the stage through an introduction to the town, the history of the Avery, and introducing the main characters, the story begins when the drama teacher, who also happens to be Quin’s mom, announces that the senior project will be the play Anything Goes. From there, this coming of age tale shows how people can find themselves, sometimes in the unlikeliest of ways (and with the help of a little magic). The author manages to truly capture the essence of small-town life.

There were definite Romeo and Juliet influences on this story and they worked out surprisingly well. I was a little unclear on how Cass and Dylan, the main romantic couple, were star-crossed but I loved Emma and Nick’s story. Told in bits and pieces through flashbacks, the mystery of who they were and what happened the night they died kept me interested throughout the entire novel. Each new flashback peeled back an additional layer or showed another dimension of the story. I actually felt as if this story-telling style allowed me to understand this story within the story at a deeper level than if the author had just told it from beginning to end.

I enjoyed the part of the story that was set in the modern day as well. Quin, Cass, and Dylan were all likable characters and it was a joy to watch them grow throughout the novel. However, I wasn’t a huge fan of the fact that Cass and Dylan flourished mostly when their flaws were taken away. I understand what the author was aiming for but I wish that both characters exhibited the same confidence and self-assuredness while encompassed by the Avery’s magic in the outside world. I would have liked them to succeed because they fully accepted themselves and each other. Other than that, I really enjoyed the characters and the story, particularly the ending.

Ultimately, this was a love letter to the magic of the theater. This was also an adorable, quick read that would be perfect for summer (or if you need a reminder to look for the magic in everyday life).

Notable Scene:

And suddenly, I’m thinking of that bedtime story—the one that has followed me into my dreams for years. I’m remembering Mom telling me that the Avery died. On the night of Emma’s and Nick’s tragic ending. I remember her reciting what Bertie’d told her that night: When the right hearts come to the Avery . . . the Avery will come back from the dead.

It’s true. The Avery’s heart is beating. The theater is breathing.

The Avery’s alive.

I swivel the beam of my flashlight toward the stage, where I no longer see the old half-fallen set, but pristine velvet curtains. Panting in a kind of confused anticipation, I stare as the curtains slowly part. A projector pops to life behind me, washing a bright light across a movie screen. Bold, black letters hover, announcing that the scene about to play takes place on June 4, 1947. And the sound of a train whistle fills the theater.

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

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