ARC REVIEW: A Blind Spot For Boys by Juliana Chen a.k.a what knocks your heart open? + Giveaway & Playlist!

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TITLE:A Blind Spot For Boys
AUTHOR:Justina Chen
PUBLICATION:Published August 12th 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
GENRE: YA > Contemporary | Romance
PAGES: 336pages (Hardcover)
SOURCE: e-arc via publisher (netgalley)
RATING: 4 ★★★★
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Shana Wilde has always had a blind spot for boys. Can she trust the one who’s right in front of her?

Shana is officially on a Boy Moratorium. After a devastating breakup, she decides it’s time to end the plague of Mr. Wrongs and devote herself to her true passion: photography.

Enter Quattro, the undeniably intriguing lacrosse player who slams into Shana one morning in Seattle. Sparks don’t simply fly; they ignite—and so does Shana’s interest. But just as she’s about to rethink her ban on boys, she receives crushing news: Her dad is going blind.

Shana and her parents vow to make the most of the time her father has left to see, so they plan a photo safari to Machu Picchu. But even as Shana travels away from Quattro, she can’t get him out of her mind.

Love and loss, humor and heartbreak collide in this new novel from acclaimed author Justina Chen (North of Beautiful).

 

 

REVIEW:

 

“Maybe that’s all we’re supposed to do after we’ve taken a spill: brush ourselves off, get back on our feet. No fuss. No blame. Just soldier on.”

Awww. GUYSSS.

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Warm fuzzies all over. Justina Chen is a foreign author to me and honestly, after reading A Blind Spot for Boys, I don’t understand why I haven’t read any other of her works yet! When I finished the novel, I felt rejuvenated. I was transported to Machu Picchu without even moving a foot. That’s how vivid Justina Chen’s writing is.

Shana just got out of a bad break up. And when I say bad, I meant the messy-and-painful kind of bad. Dom really hurt her and her way of coping up is dating a lot of guys then just tossing them at the side. Now this kind of attitude will annoy me for sure, but I just really felt sorry for Shana. First of all, I’m a girl.. I UNDERSTAND. Second, she’s just sixteen!! Too young to be hurt like that by an older guy. So even though I don’t agree with all her decisions, I kind of understand. And then.. Quattro came along.

The characters were great, I really loved Shana. I was suprised on how much I relate her. It’s a different story when it comes to Quattro though. Yes, he is swoony.. but I did not really feel that connected to him. Grace and the others are golden! They’re very real to me. Shana’s parents are exceptional. This is one of those YA Contemporary that both of the parents are actually alive! And even though there are tragedies that keeps hitting them, how they responded is very realistic.  I really love that each one of the characters has their own backstories that are meaningful and inspirational. You will not help but be moved.

It’s true that readers might think that this book is just about a girl trying to move on from a bad breakup and went all boy-crazy based on the cover, but believe me when I say that it’s so much more than that. It’s about growing up, heartbreak, opening up and standing up again when life keeps hitting you, hard. Justina Chen is a brilliant writer! Not just because of her gorgeous writing or her way of making me swoon, but because with a novel with approximately 300 pages, she inspired me, made me experience the beauty of Machu Picchu and made me believe that love isn’t easy but.. it’s worth it!

 

 

 

Some teasers!

 

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THE PLAYLIST:

You can listen HERE!

 

What do you want from me by  Adam Lambert

Someone Like You  by Adele

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do by Neil Sedaka

Since U Been Gone by Kelly Clarkson

We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together by Taylor Swift

Hit the Road Jack (Originally Performed by Ray Charles) 

Car Crash by Matt Nathanson

Best Days of Your Life by Kellie Pickler

All by Myself by Eric Carmen

Beauty In The World by Macy Gray

 

 

THE AUTHOR:

 

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Justina Chen is an award-winning novelist for young adults whose books include A Blind Spot for Boys, Return to Me, and North of Beautiful (a Best Book of the Year by Kirkus and Barnes & Noble). Her other novels are Girl Overboard (a Junior Library Guild premiere selections) and Nothing but the Truth (and a few white lies), which won the Asian Pacific American Award for Literature.

A passionate advocate of teen advocacy, Justina co-founded readergirlz, a cutting-edge literacy and social media project for teens, which won the National Book Foundation’s Prize for Innovations in Reading.

When she isn’t writing for teens, Justina is an executive communications strategista. That’s a fancy way of saying that she helps leaders tell their stories at companies like Disney and AT+T, NASDAQ and Microsoft. What she enjoys best is trekking the world with her two compadres, her teen kids.

 

 

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ARC REVIEW: Call Me Grim a.k.a new badass reaper in town + Giveaway!

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TITLE: Call Me Grim 
AUTHOR: Elizabeth Holloway
PUBLICATION: Published September 9th 2014 by Month9Books, LLC
GENRE: YA > Fantasy | Paranormal
PAGES: 250pages (paperback)
SOURCE: e-arc via tour host
RATING:  4 ★★★★
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The truck should have turned Libbi Piper into a Libbi Pancake — and it would have, too, if Aaron hadn’t shown up and saved her life. The problem? Aaron’s the local Grim Reaper… and he only saved Libbi’s life because he needs someone to take over his job. Now, Libbi has two days to choose between dying like she was supposed to, or living a lonely life as Death Incarnate. Talk about a rock and a hard place.

And the choice goes from hard to sucktastic when her best friend shows up marked: condemned as a future murderer. Libbi could have an extra week to stop the murder and fix the mark… but only if she accepts Aaron’s job as Reaper, trapping herself in her crappy town forever, invisible and inaudible to everyone except the newly dead. But, if she refuses? Her best friend is headed straight for Hell.

 

 

REVIEW:

 

I don’t think you understand how much I love this book.

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Another grim reaper story you might say, but I’m gonna stop you right there. With fully developed characters and well thought out plot, Call Me Grim stands out!

First of all, you guys know I’m picky about heroines. They’re very important in a book and it sucks big time when you really want to like the book but the heroine keeps ruining it for you. Right? Am I the only one? So imagine my relief when I found myself liking Libby so much. She’s… real. Funny, smart, not flawless at all and practical. GUYS. This girl knows how to say ‘I DON’T CARE HOW CUTE YOU ARE YOU HAVE TO STOP STALKING ME!‘ Finally!

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Aaron is not an exception, as a former reaper who entrusted Libby for the new position, he admits his shortcomings. He’s not perfect and he knows that. Though he’s hard to read sometimes, the reader (me) will also feel for him. I felt sorry for him because of his backstory and though the author provided that bit of Aaron’s side.. I want more. So expect me to line up first for the sequel. But I’m not talking about the two main characters only, all of them were great. No one was wasted and everyone was authentic. You’ll get this feeling like you’re really connected to them as well. The romance aspect is downright adorable and very much intense, I cannot wait for what’s gonna happen. HOW MUCH MORE DO I HAVE TO STRESS THAT OUT.

Which brings me to my next point, the author’s fantastic, simple yet very compelling way of writing. For me, it’s not about the use of deep or grand words. It’s about the construction. How everything makes sense and made me sail easily through out my reading experience. Holloway aced that. She’s manged to write a novel with dark premise with a touch of humor and sassiness. Yes, I AM BIG FAN.

Overall, Call Me Grim is humor, brilliance and a success altogether. Friendship, love and sacrifice, for a book that deals with death, the characters are alive and the book is nothing but vibrant!

 

 

THE AUTHOR:

 

Elizabeth Holloway

 

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Elizabeth Holloway is a registered nurse living in Southern Pennsylvania with her two teen children, Bam-bam the dog, and Tinkerbell the cat. CALL ME GRIM is her first novel.

 

 

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Five (5) digital copies of Call Me Grim by Elizabeth Holloway (INT)

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THE To-Be-Read TAG!

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Look at that gigantic photo. 😀 I was tagged by Ima Vee of The Blah Blah Notebook! YAY, thanks Vee and Val of The Innocent Smiley. Thanks VAL YOU ARE AWESOME <3 Actually, I was tagged by a lot of bloggers now from different posts. There’s the Seven Deadly Sins tag (will post it next) The Emojis tag (will do it too.. soon!) and I think I missed another one but I assure y’all, I WILL DO IT =) Thank you wonderful people for tagging me. So here it is!

 

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

– Well of course there’s Goodreads. I’m just really glad that this website exists and that I know of its existence. But I also keep track by paper. I have a little notebook with dates about deadlines, publication dates, tour post dates etc etc etc. But I follow them just 70% of the time because of laziness!

 

Is your TBR mostly print or ebook?

– Oh it used to be mostly print but now that I review books (for realz) it’s mostly ebooks. I also have this thing where I’ll read the ebook first then buying the print version next ONLY if I loved it so much. Weird, I know.

 

How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

– I really try to read my review copies first. But there are moments when a certain book cover or book blurb will call to me so.. the next thing I know, I’m reading the book already! Also, if a lot of my blogger friends has been reading it and I’m seeing the book around the blogosphere, I NEED TO READ IT FAST.

 

A Book that has been in your TBR the longest.

Twilight ……….surprise!

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I need to re-read this one. Because when I added it on GR, I rated it based on the movie! I know there’s a lot of hate and that I haven’t really read it but it was the book that made me read YA.

 

A Book you recently added to your TBR.

It’s Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe by Max Lucado. I’m not sure if Max Lucado has wrote a fiction novel before but I’m really really excited for this one.

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Also, I just bought Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. I used to be a big Classic reader before. I don’t know what happened so I think it’s time to get back on track.

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A Book in your TBR strictly because of the beautiful cover.

– This one:

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5 to 1 by Holly Badger. It says Feminism and YA in the genre section plus stunning cover, so.. added!

 

A book in your TBR that you never plan on reading.

– Uhm, Anna and The French Kiss. Sorry my Perkins lover friends.

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An unpublished book in your TBR that you’re excited for.

– Penryn & The End of Days #3 by Susan Ee. ASDFGHJKLASFDGSHDUSDHJWQI. I want it nowwww.

 

A book in your TBR that everyone recommends to you.

– Throne Of Glass. I WILL READ IT, OKAY? I WILLLL.

 

Number of books in my TBR.

– According to Goodreads: 875

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I don’t know if I’ll tag anyone because you guys might have done it already. But if you haven’t and you want to do it, just tag yourselves!! <3 Thanks lovelies!

BOOK EXCERPT: Imitation (Clone Chronicles #1) by Heather Hildenbrand

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TITLE: Imitation (Clone Chronicles #1)
AUTHOR: Heather Hildenbrand
PUBLICATION: Published July 29th 2014 by Alloy Powered by Amazon
GENRE: YA > SciFi | Dystopia | Fantasy
SOURCE: e-arc via tour host
PAGES: 272pages (ebook)

 

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Everyone is exactly like me. There is no one like me.

Ven wrestles with these contradicting truths every day. A clone of wealthy eighteen-year-old Raven Rogen, Ven knows everything about the girl she was created to serve: the clothes she wears, the boys she loves, the friends she loves to hate. Yet she’s never met the Authentic Raven face-to-face.

Imitations like Ven only get to leave the lab when they’re needed—to replace a dead Authentic, donate an organ, or complete a specific mission. And Raven has never needed Ven . . . until now.

When there is an attack on Raven’s life, Ven is thrust into the real world, posing as Raven to draw out the people who tried to harm her. But as Ven dives deeper into Raven’s world, she begins to question everything she was ever told. She exists for Raven, but is she prepared to sacrifice herself for a girl she’s never met?

 

EXCERPT:

 

After breakfast, the three of us walk together behind the others to our designated changing room. The girls in our wing have ten minutes to report downstairs for physical activity. Our days are scheduled to the second in Twig City. This way, we don’t have time to think about the fact that it’s more like a prison than a city. No one says it out loud, but the absence of an exit is proof that it’s true.

“Maybe you’ll meet a hot guy,” Lonnie says as we grab our gym uniforms from our cubbies.

“Maybe,” I echo.

None of us have ever really interacted with boys. Twig City is segregated to prevent lasting relationships of that sort. Attachment is too complicated when you could get called up for duty at any time. To develop our social skills, we are treated to a quarterly mixer, where we are made to dress up and then marched upstairs to the boys’ dormitory. For two hours, we are fed cookies and punch while static-filled music is cranked through the speakers. Once, a few couples tried dancing but as soon as their bodies made contact, the Overseers were there, pulling them apart and handing out punishment orders. No one dances anymore.

 

 

THE AUTHOR:

 

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Heather Hildenbrand was born and raised in a small town in northern Virginia where she was homeschooled through high school. (She’s only slightly socially awkward as a result.) Since 2011, she’s published more than eight YA & NA novels including the bestselling Dirty Blood series. She splits her time between coastal Virginia and the island of Guam and loves having a mobile career and outrageous lifestyle of living in two places. Her most frequent hobbies are riding motorcycles and avoiding killer slugs.

Heather is also a publishing and success coach bent on equipping and educating artists who call themselves authors. She loves teaching fellow writers how to create the same freedom-based lifestyle she enjoys. For more information visit www.phoenixauthorink.com and find out how to create your own Outrageous Life.

She is represented by Rebecca Friedman. You can find out more about Heather and her books at www.heatherhildenbrand.com

 

 

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ARC REVIEW: The Future for Curious People by Gregory Sherl a.k.a find a bit of yourself in here

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TITLE: The Future for Curious People
AUTHOR: Gregory Sherl
PUBLICATION: Published September 2nd 2014 by Algonquin Books
GENRE: A > Contemporary | Romance
PAGES: 336pages (Paperback)
SOURCE: e-arc from publisher (Netgalley)
RATING: 5 ★★★★★
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“Comic and exuberant…A fine and tender tale for anyone who has tried to let go of the past and envision the future while falling in love.” -Rhonda Riley, author of The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope

Meet Evelyn and Godfrey. Evelyn is breaking up with her boyfriend, who’s passing out advertisements for his band on a snowy street corner in Baltimore. She’s seen their dismal future together at Dr. Chin’s office: she and her boyfriend, both many years older, singing Happy Birthday to a Chihuahua and arguing about cheese. She hopes for more. Meanwhile, Godfrey is proposing to his girlfriend, Madge, who’s not quite willing to take that leap; she wants to see their future together first–just to be sure they re meant for each other. The Future for Curious People follows Evelyn and Godfrey’s soon-to-be-entwined lives, set in motion by the fabulist premise of a world with envisionists like Dr. Chin. As the characters struggle with their pasts and possible futures, they wrestle with sorrow, love, death, and fate. This novel will capture you with its brightness, its hopefulness, its anxious twists and turns; it is a love story that is ultimately a statement about happiness and how to accept our fleeting existence.

 

 

REVIEW:

 “What if there is this time bomb to love. What if it’s like you fall in love with so many people who just aren’t for you, and with each one, your heart toughens up, and you have to find the one who is right for you before your heart is completely calcified in your chest.”

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Do you ever read a book and thought ‘THIS SHOULD BE A MOVIE’ or ‘WAIT, HAVE I WATCHED this before??’ This book totally gave me those feels.

First of all, The Future for Curious People.. is a mouthful. AND an original read for me. In this novel, people can peek in to their future! Yes I know it sounds exciting. They have this doctors called ENVISIONIST.

“The future no longer has to be messy. It can be tested out. It can be known

Personally, I don’t know what to feel about that idea. If this kind of doctors exist in our time, I would have to think through if I want to seek out my future. It’s exciting to know, but I also have this dreading feeling in the side (yes I really thought this through) Anyway, giving 5 stars in not a usual thing to do for me. It’s just that, if I’m gonna give a book a 5 star, I want it to be really deserving! That all the elements I want in a book should be present. And this book, folks, is a perfect example of it.

I was instantly hooked from the first chapter. I’m talking about forget-your-bladder-and-ignore-your-hunger kind of hook. Evelyn is a very fun heroine to read. I love being inside her head. She’s hilarious, smart and quirky and she collect quotes! Did I mention that she’s a librarian? Godfrey on the other hand is no different. I love this guy to bits! And my heart also breaks for him.. LISTEN. Sherl’s characters are phenomenal. They’re completely fleshed out and you will not help but be attached and just relate to them. I’m not just talking about the two main character, ALL OF THEM. Even the side characters here has their own story that’s why like I said in my a.k.a title, you will find bits of yourself here.

Now I won’t say anything about the plot, just know that I think it’s creative and absolutely brilliant! This idea of Sherl about peering into the future to find out if you and you’re partner are gonna end up happy.. is quite unique. And the way Godfrey and Evelyn’s story met and how their story got connected was a very fun and strange experience.  The romance aspect here is so darn adorable. You have no idea how much I was screaming internally for moooore.

Overall, The Future for Curious People is one of my most unforgettable read this year. It’s fun, a little sad, and strange. You want a book with quality? Here’s one for you!


This novel really made me think, If you have the chance to look into your future… would you peek?