BOOK SPOTLIGHT: The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin

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The Year We Fell Apart

Emily Martin

Expected publication: January 26th 2016 by Simon Pulse

YA > Contemporary | Romance

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In the tradition of Sarah Dessen, this powerful debut novel is a compelling portrait of a young girl coping with her mother’s cancer as she figures out how to learn from—and fix—her past.

Few things come as naturally to Harper as epic mistakes. In the past year she was kicked off the swim team, earned a reputation as Carson High’s easiest hook-up, and officially became the black sheep of her family. But her worst mistake was destroying her relationship with her best friend, Declan.

Now, after two semesters of silence, Declan is home from boarding school for the summer. Everything about him is different—he’s taller, stronger…more handsome. Harper has changed, too, especially in the wake of her mom’s cancer diagnosis.

While Declan wants nothing to do with Harper, he’s still Declan, her Declan, and the only person she wants to talk to about what’s really going on. But he’s also the one person she’s lost the right to seek comfort from.

As their mutual friends and shared histories draw them together again, Harper and Declan must decide which parts of their past are still salvageable, and which parts they’ll have to let go of once and for all.

In this honest and affecting tale of friendship and first love, Emily Martin brings to vivid life the trials and struggles of high school and the ability to learn from past mistakes over the course of one steamy North Carolina summer.

 

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Emily Martin lives and writes in the Greater Boston area, though she will always call Michigan home. She has a penchant for impromptu dance parties, vintage clothing, and traveling to new places. When not writing, she can be found hiking New England’s peaks, searching for the perfect cup of hot chocolate, or baking something pumpkin-flavored.

Emily’s debut young adult novel, THE YEAR WE FELL APART, comes out January 26, 2016 from Simon Pulse.

Her work is represented by Lara Perkins of Andrea Brown Literary.

 


   

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ARC REVIEW: Most Likely to Succeed (Superlatives #3) by Jennifer Echols

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Most Likely to Succeed (Superlatives #3)

Jennifer Echols

Expected publication: August 4th 2015 by Simon Pulse

YA > Romance | Realistic fiction

368pages (kindle edition)

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4 ★★★★

 

 

 

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In this sexy conclusion to The Superlatives trilogy from Endless Summer author Jennifer Echols, Sawyer and Kaye might just be perfect for each other—if only they could admit it.

As vice president of Student Council, Kaye knows the importance of keeping order. Not only in school, but in her personal life. Which is why she and her boyfriend, Aidan, already have their lives mapped out: attend Columbia University together, pursue banking careers, and eventually get married. Everything Kaye has accomplished in high school—student government, cheerleading, stellar grades—has been in preparation for that future.

To his entire class, Sawyer is an irreverent bad boy. His antics on the field as school mascot and his love of partying have earned him total slacker status. But while he and Kaye appear to be opposites on every level, fate—and their friends—keep conspiring to throw them together. Perhaps the seniors see the simmering attraction Kaye and Sawyer are unwilling to acknowledge to themselves…

As the year unfolds, Kaye begins to realize her ideal life is not what she thought. And Sawyer decides it’s finally time to let down the facade and show everyone who he really is. Is a relationship between them most likely to succeed—or will it be their favorite mistake?

 

 

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SAWYER. That is enough explanation.

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Reading this book leaves me with a bittersweet feeling. I’m excited that Kaye and Sawyer finally have their story out in the world for people to devour, but at the same time, I’m also so so sad that this series have come to its conclusion. I really enjoyed reading each characters stories and knowing the superlatives, that’s why you have to understand that letting series go is kinda hard for me.

From the first book of this series, Sawyer already left a huge dent in my heart although I only see him as this super funny douchebag. I immediately asked for a follow up book that has Sawyer as its main character, I don’t even care who will be his love interest, I just want his story. Although I didn’t get that at the second book, the little moments between Kaye and Sawyer left me wanting for more. Thank you Jennifer for making it happen. And for surpassing my expectation. Most Likely to Succeed was everything I ever wanted.

Sawyer and Kate were both pure brilliance. Their characterization was over the top and each of them shined in their own way. What I love most about Jennifer Echols is that there’s nothing cliche about her. Whether its her characters or her love stories…they’re all authentic and pure emotions rolls off from them. Sawyer is mischievous, sexy and very adorable. Kaye was stubborn, conservative and very sweet. They couldn’t be more perfect together.

The way their story flowed was perfect for me. There were up and downs, of course, but at the end of the day… they’re all necessary. Great pacing, no dull moment, full enjoyment!

I think its pretty obvious that I absolutely LOVED this story. Its far from perfect but that’s what makes the book so great. The characters are incredible and the love story will leave you breathless. Jennifer Echols ended this series with a bang! Just a fair warning though: this book will leave you in a mess of swoons and feels.

 

 

 

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Jennifer Echols was born in Atlanta and grew up in a small town on a beautiful lake in Alabama—a setting that has inspired many of her books. She has written nine romantic novels for young adults, including the comedy MAJOR CRUSH, which won the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the drama GOING TOO FAR, which was a finalist in the RITA, the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the Book Buyer’s Best, and was nominated by the American Library Association as a Best Book for Young Adults. Simon & Schuster will debut her adult romance novels in 2013, with many more teen novels scheduled for the next few years. She lives in Birmingham with her husband and her son.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ARC REVIEW: After Hours by Claire Kennedy

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After Hours

Claire Kennedy

Expected publication: June 16th 2015 by Simon Pulse

YA > Romance | Realistic fiction

256pages (kindle edition)

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3 ★★★

 

 

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Isa, Xavi, Peter, and Finn know that a job at the high-end Waterside Cafe isn’t just about waiting tables. It’s about the gossip, the hook-ups, the after-hours parties and, most of all, it’s about Tips.

Tips–the high-stakes game based on dares. Whoever completes the most dares wins the collected money. A sum that could change a wasted summer into a Summer to Remember.

Isa is the new girl with an embarrassing secret, and as long as she stays on top of her game, she sees no reason why anyone could ever find out.

Xavi will do anything for the money…absolutely anything.

Peter, Xavi’s stepbrother, has been in love with her for years, and he thinks the game is the perfect time to confess his feelings.

Finn is in the game just for the thrill. He has enough tips coming in to keep him happy…even if those tips come with some conditions.

From seduction to stealing to threats, the dares are a complete free-for-all, and only the best can win.

The sophisticated Waterside Cafe is anything but classy behind the scenes…and things are about to get dirty.

 

 

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So that was pretty new. After Hours really caught my attention because of the cover alone but when I read that blurb, I was so sure that I NEED to read it. The cover is a little.. misleading, imo. Not in a bad way though! I didn’t expect four POV’S from that cover is what I’m saying. Four well written point of views. You can really say that After Hours is a character driven book.

I love that every single one of them deals with pretty heavy issue and it was tacked in a very easy yet accordingly manner. Isa may not be my favorite but I like her backstory and surprisingly, she gets my sympathy. Xavi is a hardworking young lady that I’ve been rooting for right from the start. Out of everyone, I think she have the hardest life and I am so into underdogs. Peter was such a lady’s man. Right from the start I already know what kind of a guy Peter is but he did some things towards the end that surprised me. For me, he’s the most matured one. And of course, my favorite, Finn. Adorable and perfectly flawed Finn. I just love him. Love the way he thinks, he acts, the mistakes he committed (yes even that) and how he learned from it. Each of them has a unique characteristic that makes their voice different and original. Every one of them got the character development they deserve and I really like how Claire Kennedy ended everything.

I really have no comments with the romance because sadly, I didn’t swoon that much. Its not that the romance was MEH or annoying so this is more of a personal reason. It just really came out as Icky to me. I do know that this isn’t a reason for you to not read the book. Trust me, Peter can really melt your heart.

After Hours really have a bit of everything. Just by reading, you can feel the adrenaline and feel like you’re one of the players in TIPS. Drama is served and romance is included. It was fun and easy and perfect for YA readers who wants to be invested in a story full of secrets and dares!

 

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Claire Kennedy is a pen name for author Amanda K. Morgan. She is a freelance writer living in Nashville, TN. She covers events and works as a technical writer when she isn’t working on her YA novels.

At age 15, Amanda finished her first novel and continued to write in college, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in English and an emphasis in Creative Writing.

Amanda is an avid volleyball player and spends time playing both indoors and out. When Amanda isn’t writing, she enjoys being entirely too busy and trying new things. Endeavors as of late include appearances in music videos, TV, and movies, rock climbing, and attending as many concerts and shows as her schedule allows.

Amanda headed up the Do The Write Thing for Nashville Project (with co-organizers/authors Victoria Schwab and Myra McEntire), which tapped some of the biggest authors, editors, and agents in the industry for an online auction that raised over $70,000 for Midsouth flood relief.

For more information on Amanda’s freelance or technical writing, contact her.

 

 

 

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BOOK SPOTLIGHT: Swept Away (Sixteenth Summer) by Michelle Danton

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Swept Away (Sixteenth Summer)
Michelle Dalton
Published May 5th 2015 by Simon Pulse
YA > Contemporary | Romance
320pages (Kindle Edition)
 
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Beachfront love blossoms in this refreshing summer romance, in the tradition ofSixteenth Summer and Seventeenth Summer.
Mandy Sullivan isn’t exactly looking forward to the summer months as tourists invade her seaside hometown on the coast of Maine. Her best friend, Cynthia, has abandoned her for camp and her older brother just announced he’ll be staying at college taking classes for the summer, leaving Mandy with nothing to do and no one to hang out with. Hoping to keep herself busy, Mandy takes a volunteer job at the Rocky Pointe Lighthouse. On her very first day, Oliver Farmingham asks for a private tour. A new—and incredibly cute—face in Rocky Pointe, Oliver seems more interested in Mandy than the lighthouse and its history.
Without her best friend at her side, Mandy is scrambling to act the right way and say the right things when Oliver is around. Cynthia—not Mandy—has always been the confident, flirtatious girl that everyone wanted to be around. As Mandy and Oliver spend more time together exploring the coast, biking through the woods, and attending the local summer festivals, their budding friendship becomes much more. But with Mandy’s insecurities creeping to the surface, can she open her heart to someone who will only be in town for three months?
 
 
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Michelle Dalton is one of the many names Carla Jablonski uses when writing. Her two YAs written as Carla Jablonski (published by Razorbill/Penguin), Thicker than Water and Silent Echoes, were included on the NYPL Books for the Teen Age list, and her graphic novel trilogy Resistance (illustrated by Leland Purvis, published by :01 Books) has won several awards, including the Sydney Taylor Silver Medal. In addition to writing novels she is an actor, playwright, and former trapeze artist. A native New Yorker, she is eternally grateful to her friends who invite her to their beach houses.

 

 

 

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BOOK PLAYLIST: Perfect Couple (Superlatives #2) by Jennifer Echols

wrTITLE: Perfect Couple (Superlatives #2)
AUTHOR: Jenifer Echols
PUBLICATION: Published January 13th 2015 by Simon Pulse
GENRE: YA > Contemporary | Romance
PAGES: 336pages (paperback)
 
 

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Perfect Couple is #2 in the Superlatives series about seniors at a Florida high school who are selected for their class’s superlative categories in the yearbook, and how the labels change the way they view themselves and alter the course of their lives.
Can your heart be put to a popular vote?
As yearbook photographer, Harper is responsible for capturing those candid moments that make high school memorable. But her own life is anything but picture perfect. Her parents’ bitter divorce has left her wondering what a loving relationship would look like. And ever since the senior class voted her and star quarterback Brody the “Perfect Couple That Never Was,” her friends have been on her case to ask Brody out.
Brody doesn’t lack in female admirers, but Harper can’t see herself with him. He seems confused about why they were matched together, too. They’re total opposites—the last people in the world who would ever be compatible, let alone the “perfect couple.” Yet ever since the class paired the two of them, they’ve found themselves drawn together–first by curiosity, then by an undeniable bond.
The trouble is, though they’re very attracted to each other and both of them admit this, they have a hard time getting along or even communicating clearly. If they’re the perfect couple, this shouldn’t be so difficult! Soon it becomes clear their class was wrong, and they throw in the towel. But after they walk away, both of them feel so changed from making the effort that they can’t forget each other. What if that means this match made in hell is the perfect couple after all?
 
 
 
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Jennifer Echols was born in Atlanta and grew up in a small town on a beautiful lake in Alabama—a setting that has inspired many of her books. She has written nine romantic novels for young adults, including the comedy MAJOR CRUSH, which won the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the drama GOING TOO FAR, which was a finalist in the RITA, the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the Book Buyer’s Best, and was nominated by the American Library Association as a Best Book for Young Adults. Simon & Schuster will debut her adult romance novels in 2013, with many more teen novels scheduled for the next few years. She lives in Birmingham with her husband and her son.

 

 

 

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