Waiting on Wednesday [14]

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly awaiting.

 

There are so many books I’m excited about, so I’ll definitely keep doing Waiting on Wednesday. With that said, here’s my pick that I can’t wait for.

 

Until We Meet Again

Title: Until We Meet Again
Author: Renee Collins
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication date: November 3, 2015
Summary (via Goodreads): Cassandra craves drama and adventure, so the last thing she wants is to spend her summer marooned with her mother and stepfather in a snooty Massachusetts shore town. But when a dreamy stranger shows up on their private beach claiming it’s his own—and that the year is 1925—she is swept into a mystery a hundred years in the making.

As she searches for answers in the present, Cassandra discovers a truth that puts their growing love—and Lawrence’s life—into jeopardy. Desperate to save him, Cassandra must find a way to change history…or risk losing Lawrence forever.


Why I Chose This Book:

First off, I love the cover. So beautiful! And the summary sounds fantastic, leaving readers wanting more. I definitely can’t wait to read this romantic time travel book.

 

What upcoming releases are you most excited about?

Z Resurrected: The Zombie Blog Tour Hop

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Title: Z Resurrected

Authors: Dana Fredsti, Tom Leveen, Joe McKinney, Eric A. Shelman, Mark Tufo, & T.M. Williams

Genre: Short Stories, Anthology, Horror, Zombies

Publication: Half Light Publishing; October 14, 2015

ISBN: 978-0692556160

 

In this anthology, six horror authors revisit some of their most infamous zombie characters, resurrecting the undead. Contributing authors to Z Resurrected are some of horror’s best, who have each carved a distinct path in the world of zombies: Dana Fredsti, Tom Leveen, Joe McKinney, Eric A. Shelman, Mark Tufo, and T.M. Williams.

 

Giveaway is US only (sorry!)

 


 

Book Trailer

 

 

Find Out More:

ZResurrected.com

Goodreads | Amazon

 


 

Excerpt

 

RILEY V

Resurrection: The Final Path Home

 

By Mark Tufo

 

 

Chapter One

 

For those unfamiliar with me, my name is Riley and this is my story, I am a dog, specifically an American Bulldog according to the two-leggers, yet the heart of my wolf ancestors still beats loudly within my chest. The fact I am a ninety pound female and a mere three summer seasons old should in no way dissuade you from how tough I am. Unlike what some misinformed scientists have claimed, I am self-aware. I love my pack of humans, I enjoy television, although for the most part, unless a cat is falling off of something I find it boring. I can see colors and I thoroughly enjoy human food more than the cardboard kibbles they place in my dish. I just have the good grace to not beg at every opportunity like Ben-Ben, yet if he gets something I will make my presence known. The night the world changed, the only ones of us who survived were myself, Jess the teenaged girl who is easily my favorite, her infant brother Zachary, and Ben-Ben the Yorkshire Terrier who I have been learning to tolerate. I hadn’t gotten a decent night’s rest since they brought him back from the animal dumping facility, or to you humans, the pound. And last, and definitely least, the last sole survivor was the cat, Patches. I’d promised that one day I was going to catch that little fleabag and…well, let’s just say it wouldn’t have been pretty. Yet she proved herself alongside Ben-Ben numerous times as we escaped various hardships on our quest cross-country to reunite Jess with her old boyfriend Justin Talbot.

 

I guess I’ll start at the beginning because two-leggers tend to be so busy they forget things, including taking their dog out on a proper walk. The day the alphas brought Ben home, I was mourning the passing of my friend George the English Bulldog, who was perhaps the most majestic animal I’d ever known. Yes, the new guy was originally known as Ben but he would get in so much trouble the humans would have to say his name twice to get his attention, and so it stuck as Ben-Ben.

 

“Ben.” Normal conversational tone. Then a much louder, “BEN! Get out of the trash!”

 

“Ben. BEN! Stop eating your crap!”

 

“Ben. BEN! Stop tearing the couch up!” You get the point; eventually it was just easier to say Ben-Ben.

 

I don’t know what the two-leggers were thinking if they thought this thing could ever replace the irreplaceable. Then the zombies came and that little crazy dog stood paw to paw with me on the top of the stairs as we defended our home. I’d thought we’d lost him. He somehow found his way out of the pile of zombies and so began our trip. The five of us were heading to a place called Colorado, to Jess’ old boyfriend, someone she’d had to leave behind after the great move.

 


 

Author Bio

 

Mark TufoMark Tufo

Mark Tufo was born in Boston Massachusetts. He attended UMASS Amherst where he obtained a BA and later joined the US Marine Corp. He was stationed in Parris Island SC, Twenty Nine Palms CA and Kaneohe Bay Hawaii. After his tour he went into the Human Resources field with a worldwide financial institution and has gone back to college at CTU to complete his masters.

 

He has written the Indian Hill trilogy with the first Indian HillEncounters being published for the Amazon Kindle in July 2009. He has since written the Zombie Fallout series and is working on a new zombie book.

 

He lives in Maine with his wife, three kids and two English bulldogs. Visit him at at the links below for news on his next two installments of the Indian Hill trilogy and upcoming installments of the Zombie Fallout series.

 

Goodreads | Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Amazon

 


 

Giveaway

 

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Zombie Tour Date: Oct 27th

Tour Stops

 

Dana Fredsti

Host: Stefani @ Caught Read Handed

Tom Leveen

Host: Tika @ Fangirl Confessions

Joe McKinney

Host: Ashley @ Books Blogging Beauty

Eric A. Shelman

Host: Emily @ Emily Reads Everything

Mark Tufo

Host: Nicole @ Boundless Bookaholic

T.M. Williams

Host: Bex @ Aurelia {lit}{geek}{chic}

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Literary Halloween Costumes

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week there’s a new topic for a top ten list.

 

This week’s topic is a Halloween themed freebie, so I chose Top Ten Literary Halloween Costumes. This was so much fun putting together this list. I’d love to be all of these characters, and soooo many more!

 

1. Any of the Harry Potter cast, particularly Hermione – I love Hermione, and all the HP characters. I’m thinking of trying this outfit out next year!

2. Cath from Fangirl  Cath is like my bookish soul sister, so I’d love to be her one year. And it would be a pretty easy costume too!

3. Iseult from Truthwitch – I took a quiz during the #ClanChat over the weekend, and I got Iseult as who I’m most like. So naturally I want to dress like her for Halloween 🙂

4. Lola from Lola and the Boy Next Door – Lola has some crazy outfits, and I think it would be so cool to dress up like her for at least one day of the year!

5. Belle from Beauty and the Beast – I’m not sure if Belle should count or not, but I LOVE HER! She’s my favorite Disney princess, and my kindred spirit because of her love for books. I sooo want her library too! So jealous!

6. Anne of Green Gables – I think Anne would be a fun costume to wear, especially for younger girls. But I could probably pull off her younger, or older, look because of how short I am.

7. Alice from Alice in Wonderland – I think it would be fun to dress up as Alice, and pretty simple too. And now that I’m thinking of it, dressing up as the Mad Hatter would be super fun too!

8. Nancy Drew – I never read the books, but I know Nancy Drew is an excellent crime solving sleuth. I kind of want someone to throw a mystery themed Halloween party now!

9. Any of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz characters, particularly Dorothy – Another great theme for Halloween. Dorothy would obviously be the easiest. Although any of the other characters would be pretty fun too. Hmm maybe Glinda the Good Witch…

10. Frankenstein or Bride of Frankenstein  A little freaky, and a little fun. Not sure how I’d get the Bride of Frankenstein’s hair to work though….

 

Have you worn any of the costumes I mentioned? Any other good ones you can think of?

October SST: Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith Interview + Giveaway

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I recently joined the Sunday Street Team, and I’m so excited to be aboard this fantastic team! Now with that said, it’s time to get down to business. I was lucky enough to interview the fabulous Lindsay Smith about her latest novel Dreamstrider, and anything else my heart desired.

 

Dreamstrider

Title: Dreamstrider
Author:  
Lindsay Smith
Publisher:
Roaring Brook Press
Publication date:
October 6, 2015
Summary (via Goodreads): A high-concept, fantastical espionage novel set in a world where dreams are the ultimate form of political intelligence.

 

Livia is a dreamstrider. She can inhabit a subject’s body while they are sleeping and, for a short time, move around in their skin. She uses her talent to work as a spy for the Barstadt Empire. But her partner, Brandt, has lately become distant, and when Marez comes to join their team from a neighborhing kingdom, he offers Livia the option of a life she had never dared to imagine. Livia knows of no other dreamstriders who have survived the pull of Nightmare. So only she understands the stakes when a plot against the Empire emerges that threatens to consume both the dreaming world and the waking one with misery and rage.

 

A richly conceived world full of political intrigue and fantastical dream sequences, at its heart Dreamstrider is about a girl who is struggling to live up to the potential before her.

 


 

interview

 

Was there anything specific in your life that made you want to write?

I’ve always been making up stories in my head as answers to random “What if?” questions. Trying to write them down was a great way to pass the time in class when I was kid! As an adult, writing became a creative outlet for me, a way to de-stress after work rather than lie motionless on the couch watching television. Now I get to lie motionless on the couch while typing about fantasy worlds and kissing and spies. 😉

 

Do you have a favorite background character in Dreamstrider?

I really love Vera, one of Livia’s teammates at the Ministry of Affairs. She’s feisty, fierce, and unafraid to state her mind–all things that Livia is fearful or too conditioned not to be. I wouldn’t say Vera is a good role model for Livia–she’s pretty rude and rash, too–but she definitely brings a different viewpoint to the team. I got to explore Vera’s story a little more in a short story I wrote for Tor.com, “Kingmaker.

 

If you were on a deserted island, what’s one book that you’d want to have with you?

I only get one? Oh, dear. I’d probably choose a massive omnibus of fantasy novels to pass the time, like maybe Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel series. Or maybe the complete works of Dostoevsky. Something epic and juicy that I can devour slowly to keep me occupied until I’m (hopefully) rescued!

 

Have you read any good books lately?

I recently read and adored Naomi Novik’s Uprooted, a wonderful fantasy book about a girl forced to serve as an apprentice to a sorcerer. It starts out very simply, but the story is vast and rich and delightful. I also really enjoyed The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. I’m hesitant to read “fantasy” stories that are actually post-post-apocalyptic, because I often find the references to our modern era a little too nudge-wink, but I thought it was beautifully done, and Kelsea’s struggles as she takes the throne are so vivid and genuine.

 

Did you have a playlist that you listened to while writing Dreamstrider?

Music plays a major role in the Sekret books, but not as much in Dreamstrider. Still, I’m a sucker for great classical music, so I listened to a lot of Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky while drafting. Dreamstrider was a big book for symphonic metal and its sweeping melodies–Nightwish, Leaves’ Eyes, Lacuna Coil, and so on.

 

How long does it take you to write a book?

I write first drafts fairly quickly, often in just four to five weeks. Unfortunately, I used to be a “pantser” writer (meaning I wrote without a solid outline, or “by the seat of my pants”). I’d have about eight to ten plot points I knew I needed to hit in the story, but no idea how to connect them. Dreamstrider was the book that broke me of that! I ended up significantly rewriting it a good five times because the plot was too complicated to rework. Now I write from much more detailed outlines, which improves my drafting speed even more, but also results in much cleaner first drafts that don’t start out as one book and end as another.

 

Where did you get the idea for Dreamstrider?

Dreamstrider was initially called Skinwalkers in my head, which sounds super gross. I’m glad I changed it! I knew I wanted to write a fantasy spy adventure, and the element of taking over other people through their dreams really intrigued me. I ended up building a whole religion and culture around dreams and their hidden messages, and the rest of the story grew organically out of that.

 

Do you have any advice for writers looking to be published?

Don’t be afraid to experiment with your writing process, or anything else! Changing to an outliner really worked for me, but maybe you’d write better if you let go of your outlines. Try a variety of genres to find your most authentic voice. And never let the blank page get the better of you. You have to put words on it in order to have written. The quality of those words is something you can fix later.

 

Do you have a favorite book out of all the ones you’ve written so far? If so, why is it your favorite?

Now, now, I love all my children equally. 😉 Honestly, my favorite book is always the one I’ve just finished or the one I can’t wait to write next, and my least favorite is the one I’m currently struggling through. The books change but that rule doesn’t. I always take comfort in knowing that whatever I’ve finished was the best work that I could do at that point in time. And I’m always excited for the unsoiled potential of the next new idea.

 

What are some of your hobbies?

I’m a huge board game fan. My husband and I spend way too much money at our local game shop, and we enjoy hosting regular board game nights with our friends (and tons of food and beer–another hobby of mine). I also enjoy video games. Right now, I’m hooked on Heroes of the Storm, and this wonderful little British murder mystery game called Contradiction. Outside of that, I’m usually found either watching Russian TV serials, reading, or plotting my next story idea.

 


 

about the author

 

Lindsay Smith: Author of YA historical thrillers SEKRET and SKANDAL and the YA fantasy DREAMSTRIDER (all from Macmillan Children’s). Russophile, foreign affairs junkie, nerd.

 


 

giveaway

 

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Stacking the Shelves [12]

Stacking the Shelves

 

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking the Shelves is about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves. You can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books your borrow from the library or friends, review books, gifts and eBooks.

 

I bought some books from Amazon and BookOutlet this week. I also went to the library and picked up a few more books I had on hold, and got several more Netgalley approvals. And today I won an audiobook of Spin! Yay!

 

With that said, here are the books I’ve bought, borrowed, and received this past week:

 

Bought:

  The Anatomical Shape of a Heart City of Savages Nowhere but Here Delirium Rooms Half Bad In the After Insignia Jackaby Love At First Flight Sincerely, Carter So B. It Soulless The Darkest Minds The GatheringThe Huntress of Thornbeck Forest The Princess Spy The Jock and the Fat Chick The Secret Letters Timebound Time's Edge Unteachable Perfected Afterworlds Bittersweet Fixing Delilah #scandal Defiance Deception Fan Art The Adoration Of Jenna Fox The Fox Inheritance Fox Forever The Miles Between Sapphire Blue Emerald Green OCD Love Story Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel The Beginning of Everything The Truth about Alice We All Looked Up How My Summer Went up in Flames Going Too Far Forget You Such a Rush Into the Still Blue Just Like Fate A Need So Beautiful The Remedy The Program The Treatment Lailah Live Through This Of Beast and Beauty Second Chance Summer Sekret The Six Rules of Maybe Wither Perfect Ruin Then You Were Gone The Gathering Storm The Unfailing Light The Morning Star Kissing Shakespeare Once The Silent Sister The Skinjacker Trilogy Unforgettable Summer Used to Be Clean Paper or Plastic Revel

 

Netgalley:

Hello A Step in Time Abby and the Cute One Candidate Forbidden Paint My Body Red Sanctuary Bay Second House from the Corner The Charm Bracelet The Passenger The Witch's Market What You Left Behind

 

Borrowed:

Alienated At the Water's Edge Boy Meets Boy Everything Leads to You Meant to Be Stitching Snow The Coldest Girl in Coldtown These Broken Stars When Love Comes to Town

 

Won:

Spin

 

What are you Stacking the Shelves with this week? Any books you can’t wait to read?

Waiting on Wednesday [13]

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly awaiting.

 

There are so many books I’m excited about, so I’ll definitely keep doing Waiting on Wednesday. With that said, here’s my pick that I can’t wait for.

 

Hello

Title: Hello?
Author:  Liza Wiemer
Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary
Publication date: November 10, 2015
Summary (via Goodreads): One HELLO? can change a life. One HELLO? can save a life.

Tricia: A girl struggling to find her way after her beloved grandma’s death.
Emerson: A guy who lives his life to fulfill promises, real and hypothetical.
Angie: A girl with secrets she can only express through poetry.
Brenda: An actress and screenplay writer afraid to confront her past.
Brian: A potter who sets aside his life for Tricia, to the detriment of both.

Linked and transformed by one phone call, Hello? weaves together these five Wisconsin teens’ stories into a compelling narrative of friendship and family, loss and love, heartbreak and healing, serendipity, and ultimately hope.

Told from all five viewpoints: narration (Tricia), narration (Emerson), free verse poetry (Angie), screenplay format (Brenda), narration and drawings (Brian).


Why I Chose This Book:

This book sounds really interesting, and it’s set in Wisconsin (my state), which I love. It’s gotten great reviews so far, so I really can’t wait to read my eARC that I recently received from Netgalley. Hopefully I’ll be able to enjoy this unique, powerful sounding story soon!

 

What upcoming releases are you most excited about?

ARC Review: Frosh: First Blush by Mónica B. Wagner

First Blush

Title: Frosh: First Blush
Author: Mónica B. Wagner
Series: Frosh #1
Publisher: The Studio/ Paper Lantern Lit
Publication date: October 20, 2015
Pages: 307
Source: Netgalley
Summary (via Goodreads): During welcome week at Hillson University, the FROSH will hit the fan.

 

Type-A aspiring journalist Ellie plans to take freshman year by storm. But hell-bent on breaking a huge on-campus scandal, she risks becoming one herself—and getting the mysterious, heart-melting QB in serious trouble.

 

Grant, star quarterback and charismatic chick-magnet, is hiding a life-altering secret. The last thing he needs is an overeager (absolutely adorable) journalist asking questions. He’s got a reputation to protect.

 

High-society legacy student Devon is ready to catch the football hottie of her dreams. If the tabloids feature her with the “it” boy on her arm, her tainted past will be buried—or so she thinks.

 

Charlie, pre-med, is done being the sweet and funny geek that girls like Devon ignore. But if he tries to impress her with a new edgy, spontaneous attitude, will his heart end up in the emergency room?

 

FROSH intertwines the stories of Ellie, Grant, Devon, and Charlie in Mónica B. Wagner’s sexy NA debut series, about falling in love and falling apart.

 

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I thought this book was pretty well done. I’m not usually a huge fan of multiple POVs, but Mónica did a great job with the different characters. It was a bit predictable though, so I didn’t love it completely. I ended up giving this 4 out of 5 stars. Thanks Netgalley for giving me a copy in exchange for a honest review.

 

I really loved the two guys, Grant and Charlie. Usually I’m more in tune with the girls, what with being a girl myself, but I felt like the guys were better in this book. Devon was a biatch during most of the book and Ellie was cute, but she was also a little annoying at times. And I wanted to shake her during parts to make her realize how stupid she was being. This book is a pretty quick read, and I can’t wait for the next book to come out, especially with that cliffhanger ending that leaves readers wanting more. I’m not sure I’ll survive another year without finding out what happens next.

 

I loved the pairings in this book. I was rooting for them the entire time, and I’m glad the couples I wanted to get together ended up together. I thought there was a bit too much drama maybe, but it made the book more interesting to read, so it was fine by me. I really liked the romantic parts of the book, like Grant’s note to Ellie, etc. So cute!

 

A couple of my favorite lines were: “His mom’s usual saying popped into his mind: ‘The hard-to-get girls are hard to get for a reason, Granty.'” and “Pencils don’t get pregnant ’cause they wear rubbers on their ends.”

 

Final note: A cute NA romance read. I already purchased my ebook copy, and can’t wait to read the next book in the series. Is it 2016 yet?

4 stars

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Wishes I’d Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week there’s a new topic for a top ten list.

 

This week’s topic is Ten Wishes I’d Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me. This is totally a fantasy of mine, and I’d be sooooo happy if there was a Book Genie out there to grant me all of my wishes.

 

1. Speed reading ability – I’d love to be able to read super fast. I could get a lot more books read in a year, which would be AMAZING!

2. My own personal library  My fantasy has always been to have my own library inside my house, because a room dedicated to my books sounds like heaven. Something along the lines of the Beauty and the Beast library 😉

3. Unlimited credit to buy books – I’d like to buy ALL THE BOOKS I WANT! That’s not asking for too much, right?

4. Being able to attend Hogwarts – OMG! That would be so incredible, because I mean I’ve only dreamed of going to Hogwarts since I was like 10 years old…

5. Writing my own bestsellers – I’m working on this one. I have one completed manuscript and another WIP that’s almost completed. I can’t wait to finally be published, and becoming a bestseller is just icing on the cake!

6. Access to all the ARCs – I’m still fairly new to ARCs, but I really like reading books before they’re published. I’d like to get as many as I wanted, whenever I wanted them.

7. Meeting my favorite authors – I’ve never met any authors, so I’d love to meet some of my favorites, whenever it’s convenient for me. Especially if they came to see me haha.

8. A time turner – So I have even more time to read, write, blog, etc.

9. New books on demand by my favorite authors – A new book from my favorite authors whenever I snap my fingers. I’d like one from Jodi Picoult, Sarah Dessen, Meg Cabot, Jill Mansell, Kiera Cass, Stephanie Perkins, Rainbow Rowell, Kasie West, Sarah J. Maas, etc.

10. All the book swag, apparel, etc. that I want  Because who doesn’t love book things?

11. Attending all the book conferences I want  That would be so awesome, especially since I haven’t been to one yet. There aren’t really any in the Midwest 🙁

12. Realistic book to movie adaptions  I’d totally sit through longer movies if they stayed true to the books they were based on. Just saying…

13. Real life book boyfriends  I’d be in heaven if my book boyfriends came to life, like Cricket Bell for example, and wanted to date me. YES PLEASE!

 

Did you have any of the same wishes as I had? It was really hard to pick just ten, so I had to do thirteen…

Stacking the Shelves [11]

Stacking the Shelves

 

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking the Shelves is about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves. You can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books your borrow from the library or friends, review books, gifts and eBooks.

 

I bought some books from Amazon and BookOutlet this week. I went to the library and picked up some more books. I also got a few more Netgalley approvals. Finally, I won a pre-order copy of Truthwitch and I’m posting all the books I won from the YA Scavenger Hunt that I forgot to post last week. I won the prize for the Purple Team! I’ve already gotten several books in the mail so far.

 

With that said, here are the books I’ve bought, borrowed, and received this past week:

 

Bought:

  The Assassin's Blade Throne of Glass Crown of Midnight Heir of Fire This Song Will Save Your Life How To Love Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone The Illustrated Edition The Hogwarts Library Pivot Point Split Second  Better Than Perfect Breathe Resist A Darkness Strange and Lovely The Weight of Water Shatter Me Ignite Me Promise of Shadows Mystic City Toxic Heart Will the Real Abi Saunders Please Stand Up The Paradox of Vertical Flight Wish Don't Expect Magic Who Needs Magic Such Sweet Sorrow The Secret Ingredient Til Death Sacred Flirting With Boys Immortal Orchards Out of Play Red Gated Crimes of the Sarahs Crushed Dreamland Social Club Far Far Away Fates Jane Jones Worst. Vampire. Ever Searching for Beautiful Tempo Change The Sharp Time Weather Witch Psi Another Day Belle Epoque Bog Child Relic Inside Girl Some Kind Of Wonderful Perfect Match Lucky Break Wildcat Fireflies Speed of Light Infinity Hereafter Arise ElegyTouched

 

Netgalley:

The Little Bookshop on the Seine Instructions for the End of the World Sophie Someone Stars Over Sunset Boulevard Status Update Tell the Story to Its End The Golden Braid The Rise and Rise of Tabitha Baird Under The Dusty Moon When We Were I'll See You in Paris

 

Borrowed:

Sloppy Firsts Open Road Summer The Start of Me and You None of the Above Keeping the Moon Everybody Sees the Ants Caged in Winter Tessa Ever After Beach Town Eight Hundred Grapes

 

Won:

TruthwitchHow We FallSiren's FuryAwakeningBleedCall Me GrimFinding ParisHalf in Love with DeathLove and Other Unknown VariablesLoyalty and LiesNever Always SometimesOf Delicate PiecesShutterSkyscrapingThe Angel Killerdistancebetween_final cover_4_1.inddThe One ThingThe Star CatcherUnspeakableWolf By WolfLast Year's Mistake

 

What are you Stacking the Shelves with this week? Any books you can’t wait to read?

Book Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Lola and the Boy Next Door

Title: Lola and the Boy Next Door
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Series: Anna and the French Kiss #2
Publisher: Speak
Publication date: July 9, 2013
Pages: 338
Source: Purchased
Summary (via Goodreads): Lola Nolan is a budding costume designer, and for her, the more outrageous, sparkly, and fun the outfit, the better. And everything is pretty perfect in her life (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood. When Cricket, a gifted inventor, steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

 

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Cricket made this book for me. I liked most of the other characters, but I LOVED CRICKET BELL! The book was a little slow at first, but I fell in love with this book by the end. I ended up giving it 5 out of 5 stars.

 

Lola was harder for me to relate to as a main character than Anna was, and that detracted from the story a bit for me. She’s so outgoing and exuberant that someone who’s introverted and likes flying under the radar (i.e. me) wouldn’t really be able to imagine themselves in her place. But with that said, she was still an interesting character. Her outfits were kind of outrageous, and I admired her commitment to her style. I usually end up wearing the same familiar clothes, while she never wants to wear the same outfit twice.

 

I loved Lola’s parents, especially Andy. I don’t want to give too much away, but they’re really not a traditional family. Yet they’re exactly what Lola, and the story, needed. I absolutely loathed Max. He was pretty much every bad boyfriend personified in my opinion. I wanted to punch him at least a few times while reading.

 

CRICKET! OH MY GOD! I loooooove him more than I could possibly express. He’s so sweet, so thoughtful, so adorable, so everything. He chases after Lola! Yes you read that right. A boy chases after a girl! He’s #1 on my book boyfriend list right now. I really wish there was a Cricket in real life for every girl. Cricket is more than enough reason for everyone to read this book. He’s so worth it.

 

For readers who liked Anna and St. Clair, or even those who didn’t, we get to see quite a bit of that pairing in this book. I was happily surprised by how much we did see them, because I thought we’d only see a glimpse here and there of them. I hope we get to see appearances in Isla and the Happily Ever After of both couples.

 

I made way too many updates (18) on Goodreads while I was reading. There were so many swoon/squeal worthy moments that I couldn’t resist. Some of my favorite lines were: “It’s easy to talk about things we hate, but sometimes it’s hard to explain exactly why we like something.” and “’And your tight pants,’ I add. Cricket makes a startled choking noise. OH DEAR GOD. WHY WOULD I SAY THAT?” and “‘I like being different.’ ‘And I like that about you,’ Cricket says. ‘But I like the real you best.’”

 

This is such an amazing series so far. I’m simultaneously excited to start on Isla’s story, and sad that the series will be over. I’ll definitely be rereading these books.

 

Final note: This was a great book. Cricket is worth rereading this book over and over again. If you haven’t read this series, you really should. I don’t think you’ll regret it.

5 stars