ARC REVIEW&BOOK PLAYLIST: The Hometown Hazard by Dawn Lanuza + Giveaway!!

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The Hometown Hazard

Dawn Lanuza

Published January 29th 2016 by Indie Sisiw Books

YA/NA > Romance | Contemporary

 

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4 ★★★★

 

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Jules Coronado has been away from her hometown for almost a decade but when an intruder breaks in to her childhood home, she finds herself coming back. Changes evidently took place in her small town, including her childhood best friend’s younger brother, Kip – now tall, slightly scruffed, all grown up and caught climbing into their garden wall.

Kip Villamor has a mission and despite Jules’ doubts, they team up: going on fieldtrips, tackling unsuspecting men, and trespassing offices to dig up dirt. But Jules has secrets of her own, one that might be exposed – unless she keeps her walls up. But climbing walls are Kip’s forte, remember?

Will her secrets keep her on his side, or will it force her to disappear again?

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REVIEW:

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Yep. That’s just me the whole time. Dawn Lanuza brings out the romantic side of me from my icy and snarky exterior. Well played Dawn! Well played!

 

 

 

 

“You ever felt like there are two versions of you, and they dont exist in the same place.”

 

I have bee a fan of Dawn Lanuza ever since I read her first book, The Boyfriend Backtrack, which by the way is a great life choice because not only did I enjoy that smart and sweet story but I also got the chance to meet our main character in The Hometown Hazard which is Jules. I have to say though, because we’re totally being honest here, that the blurb of this books caused some double taking from me. The girl-being-younger-than-the-love-interest (no matter how much the age gap) is something I avoid aggressively. So. If you’re like me, I’ll tell you right away that THIS IS NOT SOMETHING THAT SHOULD BOTHER YOU.

The book started off with Jules waking up because of a phone call from her parents saying that somebody broken inside of their house and apparently, the intruder was very interested at Jules’ room. Could Jules know who the culprit is? Jules being the caring daughter decided to go home to her hometown which she left long time ago because of an incident. From here we meet her loving parents and of course the swoony daredevil, Kip. All grown up and enjoying his new hobby: sneaking into offices and running from people. Just like from Dawn Lanuza’s first novel, she made another set of characters that are authentic and fun. They are a bunch to let go. Jules is the definition of a likeable character. I like the fact that she’s matured and her background story agrees with her. I mean, you don’t expect me to like a character who says she graduated from law school but don’t act like it. Stuff like that are very important. You can see though from the first part of the story that Jules’ character is pretty flawed. She have fears and issues that she needs to overcome. Plus the fact that she’s running away from something that happened years ago and it’s affecting her future. And this is where Kip comes in. Kip is.. wow how do I describe Kip? Well he’s my favorite guy by Dawn Lanuza. He’s the right amount of dangerous and swoony. He’s all mysterious but I liked the fact that with every page, the author keeps peeling off a layer from Kips mysterious personality.

The romance is set in a pace that is believable and its just my favorite thing! No instalove. No love triangle. No unnecessary dramas. I think what makes The Hometown Hazard stands out from other love stories out there is that ITS NOT JUST A LOVESTORY. There’s also a mystery that is going on plus a huge revelation about our main characters pasts. It’s truly such an incredible story!

Written in a very easy and witty atmosphere, The Hometown Hazard is written not to only entertain but to tug at your heartstrings. Dawn Lanuza just keeps getting better and better! Hilarious, romantic and real.. Readers need to make room for The Hometown Hazard in their shelf. 

 

BOOK PLAYLIST:

I actually have playlist for the story while I was writing it on Spotify. But these are the top tracks:

The Naked and the Famous – No Way (Quiet)

This is actually the first song that came to mind when I was writing the book. It’s a beautiful track and I think it matches a certain part of the book. If you read the book, I think you’d know where it fits.

Chicago – If You Leave Me Now

This song just reminds me of lazy Sunday mornings and I feel like that’s how Jules pictured her childhood home and her hometown.

Raleigh Ritchie – The Chased

Just because there’s a lot of running and chasing.

Tom Waits – I Hope I Don’t Fall in Love with You

In the book, I made Kip and Jules dance to a James Taylor song but when I was writing it, I was imagining it with Tom Waits’ “I Hope I Don’t Fall in Love with You.”

Tegan and Sara – Drove Me Wild

This is my Kip song. I think about him when I listen to this song.

The Head and the Heart – Let’s Be Still

This is the song that’s playing in my head when I imagine the beach scene.

Colony House – Learning How to Love

I think this song’s lyrics is spot on with Jules.

Imogen Heap – Entanglement

Last scene. I’ll leave it with that. 

– DAWN

 

 

AUTHOR:

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Dawn Lanuza started writing stories when she was just a kid (they weren’t good or even finished). She works for the music industry by day and writes meet cutes and snappy comebacks by night. ‘The Boyfriend Backtrack’ is her first book. She currently lives with her family and an adopted dog.

     

 

 

 

 

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BOOK PLAYLIST: Finding Paris by Joy Preble

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Finding Paris
Joy Preble
Published April 21st 2015 by Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
YA > Contemporary | Mystery | Road Trip
272pages (hardcover)
 
 
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An evocative and compelling story of two sisters who would do anything for each other–perfect for fans of Thirteen Reasons Why and Speak. Joy Preble’s stirring new novel explores the lengths to which sisters go to protect each other, and the winding road that brings two strangers into each other’s lives.
Sisters Leo and Paris Hollings have only ever had each other to rely on. They can’t trust their mother, who hops from city to city and from guy to guy, or their gambler stepfather, who’s moved them all to Las Vegas. It’s just the two of them: Paris, who’s always been the dreamer, and Leo, who has a real future in mind–going to Stanford, becoming a doctor, falling in love. But Leo isn’t going anywhere right now, except driving around Vegas all night with her sister.
Until Paris ditches Leo at the Heartbreak Hotel Diner, where moments before they had been talking with physics student Max Sullivan. Outside, Leo finds a cryptic note from Paris–a clue. Is it some kind of game? Where is Paris, and why has she disappeared? When Leo reluctantly accepts Max’s offer of help, the two find themselves following a string of clues through Vegas and beyond. But the search for the truth is not a straight line. And neither is the path to secrets Leo and Max hold inside.
 
 
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Welcome to my stop for the Finding Paris Blog Tour! Making a playlist for Finding Paris is kinda hard because this book has so many emotions. With only 8 tracks, I tried to find songs that will help the readers feel the rawness of this book. Again, I tried. I hope you guys like it. 

 

PLAYLIST:

 

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Let Me In – Grouplove
Go For It – CRUISR
Don’t Stop – Foster the People
Break the Distance – Ashton Edminster
You Never Need Nobody – The Lone Bellow
Make You Feel My Love – Adele
Stay Just A Little – Kina Grannis
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Finding Paris might be one of the most poignant books I’ve ever read. Not only was it raw and totally captivating, but it was also real and full of love. Leo and Max and Paris are not perfect characters. Which make them real and more relatable. Joy Preble’s writing is plain beautiful. It’s amazing how she just write these words and it hit us right in the chest and goes through inside our heart and soul. Leo and Max’s journey to find Paris was so far from easy. Both of them are full of hurts and they have a lot of things that they’re keeping inside that really needs to be let out. Some may disagree with Paris’s actions, but me, I thank her. Not only she helped her sister, she also helped Max. The ending was.. I don’t want to give anything away so just read it. Seriously, do yourself a favor and read it.

 

 

 

AUTHOR:

 

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Joy Preble is a Texas girl who was born and raised in Chicago and a former high school teacher who now writes full time, which means she gets paid for making up stuff. She earned an English degree from Northwestern University and speaks and teaches widely on writing and literacy at libraries and schools, as well as SCBWI, NCTE, AWP, and other conferences.

Joy is the author of THE SWEET DEAD LIFE and its sequel, THE A WORD (May 2014), both from Soho Press. Kirkus hailed THE SWEET DEAD LIFE with “Hallelujah! A paranormal tale of angels…that breaks the mold.”

She is also the author of the DREAMING ANASTASIA series (Sourcebooks) that combines paranormal romance with Russian folklore. DREAMING ANASTASIA was nominated for a Cybil Award in the Teen Sci-Fi/Fantasy Category in 2009. It was named an ABC Best Book for Children, Teen Category in 2009, and was featured in Justine Magazine.

Joy also has a contemporary mystery/romance on the way: FINDING PARIS will be out April 21, 2015 from Balzer and Bray/Harper Collins. Another paranormal mystery/romance, IT WASN’T ALWAYS LIKE THIS, pitched as Tuck Everlasting meets Veronica Mars, arrives from Soho Press in Spring 2016.

In no particular order, Joy loves guacamole, pizza, banana bread, red wine, books, boots of all shapes and sizes, TV, movies, and crazy road trips so she can see the world. She is also fond her family and her dog, in case you were wondering.

 

 

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An exclusive FINDING PARIS necklace.

A signed set of THE SWEET DEAD LIFE series. (domestic US only)

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ARC REVIEW & PLAYLIST: Love, Lucy by April Lindner

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Love, Lucy
April Lindner
Published January 27th 2015 by Poppy
304pages (hardcover)
YA > Romance | Travel | Retelling
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4 ★★★★

 
 
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While backpacking through Florence, Italy, during the summer before she heads off to college, Lucy Sommersworth finds herself falling in love with the culture, the architecture, the food…and Jesse Palladino, a handsome street musician. After a whirlwind romance, Lucy returns home, determined to move on from her “vacation flirtation.” But just because summer is over doesn’t mean Lucy and Jesse are over, too.
In this coming-of-age romance, April Lindner perfectly captures the highs and lows of a summer love that might just be meant to last beyond the season.
 
 
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Love, Lucy is such a lovely book. I felt like I was really transported to Italy while reading it. Because I loved the book I made a playlist for it. You can notice it playing it on the background. I will list down all the tracks below and don’t forget to read my review! And there’s a giveaway at the bottom of the post. Don’t miss it!


 

PLAYLIST:

 

Try – Colbie Caillat

– this is such a Lucy song. Through out the book she gets pressured by her parents, even by some of her friends to be something she’s not.
“You don’t have to try so hard
You don’t have to give it all away
You just have to get up, get up, get up, get up
You don’t have to change a single thing”

Summer Love – Justin Timberlake

– enter Jesse *sigh* this song? Just PERFECT for their escapades!
“I can’t wait to fall in love with you
You can’t wait to fall in love with me
This just can’t be summer love, you’ll see
This just can’t be summer love”

Fire N Gold – Bea Miller

– another Lucy song. Lucy’s take on life is admirable. she has that hunge to explore everything. i really like that.
“Baby, we were born with
Fire & gold in our eyes, eyes
With fire & gold in our eyes, eyes
Got lightning in a bottle
Hands on the throttle
Even in the dust we shine
With fire & gold in our eyes”

L-O-V-E – Michael Buble

– i don’t think this playlist will be complete without this song.
“L is for the way you look at me
O is for the only one I see
V is very, very extraordinary
E is even more than anyone that you adore can..”

Wildest Moments – Jessie Ware

– this is for a scene where Jesse and Lucy took a risk and trusted each other so much. (uhm, you’ll get it once you read the book :D)
“Baby in our wildest moments,
We could be the greatest, we could be the greatest…”

Stop this Train – John Mayer

– ugh this song totally leaves me with feels. saying goodbye just sucks.
“Stop this train
I want to get off and go home again
I can’t take the speed it’s moving in
I know I can’t but honestly won’t someone stop this train”

Say Something – Christina Aguilera; A Great Big World

– it just seems a fitting song when you’re missing someone. and Lucy did that alot in the book. 
“Say something, I’m giving up on you
I’m sorry that I couldn’t get to you
Anywhere I would’ve followed you
Say something, I’m giving up on you”

My Wish – Rascal Flatts

– this song makes me cry because it reminds me so much of Jesse and the things she wants for Lucy!!
“My wish for you
Is that this life becomes all that you want it to
Your dreams stay big, your worries stay small
You never need to carry more than you can hold
And while you’re out there gettin’ where you’re gettin’ to
I hope you know somebody loves you
And wants the same things too
Yeah, this is my wish”

 

JUST LEAVE ME WITH MY FEELS I’LL BE ALRIGHT.

 

 

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REVIEW:

 

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I immediately downloaded Roman holiday because of this book. AND I DO NOT REGRET IT. This book. This wonderful, precious, lovely book! Thank you April Lindner for bringing it to my life!!!!

I have to come clean. I was not sure of Love, Lucy before. But now that I finished it, I’m so glad I gave it a try because, well, the book was incredible. April’s words just cut through me. I love how I felt all Lucy was feeling through out the book. The characters are amazingly well done and I love how I just breezed through my reading. Jesse is such breath of fresh air. Tired of the dark,broody and douchepants love interest? Then Jesse is for you! I swear, this guy breaks me. I salute April for writing a character like Jesse. Not cliche and just plain wonderful. Lucy is of course our main character and although she did some things I don’t approve of, being in her head was still great. I love seeing Italy through Lucy’s eyes. April describes the places beautifully that I can’t help but feel like I was there too.

 

Jesse and Lucy went here:

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Lucy and Jesse didn’t have it easy. There was sucky emails, missing-each-other-so-much-it-hurts-through-the-bones moments and a lot of photo staring. I really like the way April constructed this whole story. Even though I keep putting Jesse on the spotlight in this review (because I love him and I’m biased) this is still Lucy’s story. She has obstacles to push through. There’s developments that needs to happen. And it’s time to stand up for herself. I’m not just glad– but I’m also privileged that I was there with Lucy watching her grow. It wasn’t easy… but it happened.

If there are things that I wished that would happen is that, I want more of Jesse (am I obsessed or what) I mean, I want more of his background, his history, his story. I’m not sure if this will be a series but if there’ll be a sequel or novella or something, I WON’T BE COMPLAINING. And lastly, I want more Jesse and Lucy moments. Like, MORE. 

Overall, Love Lucy is a captivating read. Brilliant writing, fantastic characters and an absolute feels-filled story. 

 

 

AUTHOR:

 

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April Lindner is the author of three novels: Catherine, a modernization of Wuthering Heights; Jane, an update of Jane Eyre; and Love, Lucy, due out in January, 2015. She also has published two poetry collections, Skin and This Bed Our Bodies Shaped. She plays acoustic guitar badly, sees more rock concerts than she’d care to admit, travels whenever she can, cooks Italian food, and lavishes attention on her pets—two Labrador retriever mixes and two excitable guinea pigs. A professor of English at Saint Joseph’s University, April lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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BOOK PLAYLIST:

 

Good Day – Nappy Roots
Anything Could Happen – Ellie Goulding
Animal – Neon Trees
Madness – Muse
You Make It Real – James Morrisson
Girls Chase Boys – Ingrid Michaelson
Popular Song – Mika
Odds Are – Barenaked Ladies

 

 

AUTHOR:

 

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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: A Murder Of Magpies by Sarah Bromley

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TITLE: A Murder Of Magpies
AUTHOR: Sarah Bromley
PUBLICATION: Publication: October 28th 2014 by Month9Books, LLC
GENRE: YA > Fantasy | Horror | Gothic
PAGES: 326pages (paperback)
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RATING:

4 ★★★★

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Winter in Black Orchard, Wisconsin, is long and dark, and sixteen-year-old Vayda Silver prays the snow will keep the truth and secrecy of the last two years buried. Hiding from the past with her father and twin brother, Vayda knows the rules: never return to the town of her mother’s murder, and never work a Mind Game where someone might see.
No one can know the toll emotions take on Vayda, how emotion becomes energy in her hands, or how she can’t control the destruction she causes. But it’s not long before her powers can no longer be contained. The truth is dangerously close to being exposed, placing Vayda and her family at risk. 
Until someone quiets the chaos inside her.
Unwanted. That’s all Ward Ravenscroft has ever been. To cope, he numbs the pain of rejection by denying himself emotions of any kind. Yet Vayda stirs something in him. He can’t explain the hold she has on him–inspiring him with both hope and fear. He claims not to scare easily, except he doesn’t know what her powers can do. Yet.
Just as Vayda and Ward draw closer, she finds the past isn’t so easily buried. And when it follows the Silvers to Black Orchard, it has murder in mind.

 

 

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REVIEW:

 

“Cardinal Rule: You never know who’s watching, and I promise you someone is always watching”

Well, how do I start this? I guess by saying that I completely fell in love with that cover! I just know that I have to read it. And I am so lucky to be part of this tour and to review A Murder of Magpies.

Vayda and Jonah are twins. Everywhere they go, they can’t escape the fact that people find them strange. Well, they kind of are. Both of them has their own mind game that they got from their mother. And as much as they try to fit in and hide their abilities, some people can’t help to notice.

I really love the atmosphere in this book. I think I need to read more books with gothic theme because if they are as good as this, I WANT TO READ ‘EM. The author really got the intriguing and mysterious vibe. The setting and the characters was fleshed out. I love how every time I get back to reading it, I feel like I am being transported to where Vayda and Jonah is.  This story is on dual Pov’s. One is from Vayda, which I absolutely adored. There’s something about Vayda that is so badass. But she’s also so nice and caring. She’s a well written character and I can’t wait for more of her in the following books. (i don’t know yet if there are following books, but I AM HOPING) the other Pov is from Ward’s. Oh, this boy confuses me still. I have a feeling that there’s more to him. I CAN’T WAIT FOR THAT. And Vayda isn’t the only character that I loved, Ward and Jonah are incredible. They have their own characteristic that makes them unique and distinct. 

I’m a fan of the authors writing. It bothers me sometimes when the genre of the book doesn’t match the way it was written. Well, this is brilliant. The tone, the pacing and like I mentioned above, the atmosphere was perfect. 

Reading A Murder of Magpies will really make you think that the author thought everything through. It’s haunting, mystifying and not to mention, totally sexy. This book is full of intrigue with dark and rich characters that I can’t get enough of. It’s hard to believe that this is Sarah’s debut novel. We all better watch out for Ms Bromley.  

 

 

 

THE AUTHOR:

 

Sarah Bromley

 

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Sarah Bromley lives near St. Louis with her husband, three children, and two dogs. She likes the quiet hours of morning when she can drink coffee in peace, stare into the woods behind her house, and wonder what monsters live there. When she’s not writing or wrangling small children, she can be found volunteering at a stable for disabled riders.

 

 

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