ARC REVIEW: Forever Julia by Jodi Carmichael

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Forever Julia
Jodi Carmichael
Expected publication: May 1st 2015 by Great Plains Publications
YA > Contemporary | Realistic Fiction
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4 ★★★★

 
 
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Six months ago, Julia’s life was perfect. Then her dad died. Now she lives with her grieving mother and sick grandmother in a puny apartment above their bookstore. After a dark bout of depression, Julia is fragile, and mourns both her father and her old life. But she has one thing to be happy about: Jeremy, the most popular boy at school, has chosen her. Jeremy’s love for Julia is passionate, even obsessive. As she grows closer to Jeremy, Julia pushes her disapproving friends and family away. But Jeremy only becomes more controlling and Julia has to decide what lines cannot be crossed.
 
 
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REVIEW:

 

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Wow. This book is breathtaking. I feel like every woman, no matter what age, needs to read this book. Its an eye opener. I was shaking when I finished this book, and I don’t know if it’s from anger or sadness or just because I want to hug the main character, Julia. This book will definitely get into your bones. Carmichael’s writing is flawless and she absolutely needs recognition for writing this book.

The blurb and cover might look simple and harmless, but this book deals with a serious issue. Abusive Relationship. Ladies (and even gentlemen) if you’re in a relationship, you need to ask yourself if you’re in a relationship that celebrates YOU. Your flaws, your quirks, your existence. And the most important thing of all, does he know and understand the word ‘NO’

Julia isn’t the most easiest MC. I felt a lot of things towards her. But despite of that, I can’t help but feel for her. From the first chapter in the book, its already obvious that there’s something wrong with the relationship that she and her boyfriend have. But, as expected, she doesn’t notice this. I’ve never been in an abusive relationship but I’ve already witnessed one. So I kinda know why Julia acts and thinks that way. I’m telling you, its so hard not to feel angry and hurt. You don’t even know to who. To Julia for being so naive. Or to his boyfriend who I seriously want to hurt.. and I wouldn’t even be sorry.

A lot of things happened. Things that got me frustrated, made me cry, made me shake my head. But I was glad by how things ended. The only thing I wish in here is that the ending should’ve an epilogue or something. But that’s just me.

I seriously don’t know what more to say other than READ IT. THEN LOVE IT. Then recommend the heck out of it. This is perfect for Courtney Summers who wants to deal with a heavy and serious issue but done in a light but still marvelous way. Forever Julia isn’t a book to be ignored

 

AUTHOR:

 

Jodi Carmichael

 

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JODI CARMICHAEL lives in Winnipeg where she can often be found dancing in the living room with her two wildly imaginative daughters, her patient and supportive husband, and a scruffy Border Terrier named Zoe. Jodi’s previous book for young readers, Spaghetti Is NOT A Finger Food, won numerous awards and has been a multi-week Bestseller.

Visit Jodi Carmichael at www.jodicarmicael.com.

 

 

 

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Author Takeover #001: Daniel Herborn, author of: ‘You’re The Kind of Girl I Write Songs About’ + Giveaway!!

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Author Takeover is a new feature here in HBT where we let our current favorite authors took over the blog. Expect Guest Posts, Interviews, LOTS of Playlists, giveaways and of course, a bunch load of FUN!


You guys,  I AM SOOOO EXCITED for this new feature. And since it’s new and it’s the first post, I figured I have to feature and awesome book.  (So that you guys come back) I first stumbled upon this book on Goodreads (thank the book gods for goodreads) and the cover just drew me in. I mean, that cover! Look at it! and that TITLE. It is a mouthful but it’s so hard not to like it.. and not to add it on your tbr… and not to pre-order it (yep I did all those things) plus, music is involved. MUSIC! It’s like, the best thing ever. And me being me, I want you guys to know about this precious too (maybe you already do) Scroll down for a short Q&A with the author himself and check out the playlist that he gladly shared with us. There’s a giveaway too! Many thanks to Daniel for taking the time to visit the blog!!

 

The Book..

 

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You’re the Kind of Girl I Write Song About

Expected publication: May 1st 2015 by HarperCollins Publishers
YA > Contemporary | Music

Purchase it: amazon | bn

 

 

About the book..

 

Tim’s a young singer-songwriter with a guitar case full of songs and dreams of finding an audience to embrace his tunes.
Mandy’s obsessed with music and a compulsive dreamer. She’s longing for something more fulfilling than daytime TV and cups of tea with best friend Alice, something like the excitement and passion of rock ’n’ roll.
When their eyes meet at a gig, sparks fly across a crowded room and hope burns in their hearts.
But in a city of millions and a scene overrun with wannabes, can they ever get it together? Will Mandy’s nerves doom their romance before it even starts? And where does the darkness in Tim’s songs come from?
This is a story of Sydney’s Inner West, of first love, crush bands and mix tapes; of the thrill of the night and what happens when the music stops.
Set in the cafes pubs and dives of Sydney’s Inner West YOU’RE THE KIND OF GIRL I WRITE SONGS ABOUT is a ballad to that time of your life when you are trying to work out who you are, what it is you want and what will it take to get you there.

 

 

The author..

 

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The Interview..

 

Hi Daniel! Thanks for stopping by on the blog!! 🙂 Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Sure! I’ve been writing for quite a while (professionally, for about 10 years), but this is my first novel. I’ve written a lot about pop culture and music in particular and I got interested in telling a story about the area where I live and the music scene that flourishes around here. I’d also written a lot of book reviews and I think that was helpful in writing this book, because I’d thought a lot about what works in fiction.  

 

Many novels are inspired by a single question. Was there one that sparked You’re the Kind of Girl I Write Songs About?
I definitely wanted to write about music fandom and the huge role that music plays in these characters’ lives, how it inspires them and consoles at different times them when they need it.

 

Describe your debut, You’re the Kind of Girl I Write Songs About,  in 5-7 words for us.
Exciting, sexy, funny, real, music-obsessed.

 

How did you decide your novel’s book cover and title? Which, by the way, are both fantastic!!
Thanks! The title was the first thing I had and I think it really set the tone for the book. With the cover I wanted to avoid having pictures of the characters’ faces because I prefer the reader picturing the character for themselves.

 

How many novels did you write before You’re the Kind of Girl I Write Songs About won you an agent?
This is my first novel and I don’t have an agent!

 

It is obvious that your book will have a huge music aspect, what kind of researches did you do?
I didn’t do any extra research just for the novel, which is one of the good things about writing about what you’re passionate about. I listen to a lot of music and go to watch a lot of bands and I like reading about music history. I just feel passionate about supporting the music scene and I think I’ve got a lot out of it over the years, so if people say they discovered a band they love because of something I wrote, I consider that a win.

 

What are your three current YA favorites?
Stephen Chbosky ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’
Melina Marchetta ‘Looking for Alibrandi’
Tim Tharp ‘The Spectacular Now’

 

Thanks again, Daniel for the Q&A! We’re excited to hear the playlist that you’ll be sharing with us! Scroll down for the tracks. (SPOILER: They’re all aweome)

 

Musical Prozac – songs guaranteed to put you in a good mood

 

‘Now’ Mates of State
‘Let’s Go’ Matt and Kim
‘D.A.N.C.E’ Justice
‘Huddle Formation’ The Go Team
‘Animal Arithmetic’ Jonsi
‘I’m So Excited’ Le Tigre
‘My Girls’ Animal Collective
‘Meet Me in Las Vegas’ Tullycraft
‘Express Yourself’ NWA
‘Kick Drum Heart’ The Avett Brothers

 

 

 

The Giveaway..

 

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What’cha think of the new feature? Will you be reading this book? Thanks for stopping by 😀 And don’t forget to share your thoughts!

Paula

ARC REVIEW: The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver

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The Secrets We Keep
Trisha Leaver
Published April 28th 2015 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
YA > Contemporary | Mystery
304pages (hardcover)
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4 ★★★★
 
 
Purchase links:
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A girl takes over her twin sister’s identity in this emotionally charged page-turner about the complicated bond between sisters.
Ella and Maddy Lawton are identical twins. Ella has spent her high school years living in popular Maddy’s shadows, but she has never been envious of Maddy. In fact, she’s chosen the quiet, safe confines of her sketchbook over the constant battle for attention that has defined Maddy’s world.
When—after a heated argument—Maddy and Ella get into a tragic accident that leaves her sister dead, Ella wakes up in the hospital surrounded by loved ones who believe she is Maddy. Feeling responsible for Maddy’s death and everyone’s grief, Ella makes a split-second decision to pretend to be Maddy. Soon, Ella realizes that Maddy’s life was full of secrets. Caught in a web of lies, Ella is faced with two options—confess her deception or live her sister’s life.
 
 
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 Welcome to my stop for the The Secrets We Keep Tour! People, you NEED this on your shelf. It’s a MUST. This book will be forever with me now. Read my review and you might consider it. Trust me, regret will never pass through your mind. 

 

REVIEW:

 

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“…this was our secret… a secrets sister would keep”

This book make me ache all over and I can feel it everywhere. The Secrets we keep is so raw and powerful. Truly something that you will never forget anytime soon. It will leave a mark, it will make you think and it will absolutely make you feel. Trisha Leaver words just seeps into you.

I don’t have a sister and everyday I wish I have one. Don’t get me wrong, living with 4 teenage boys is surely.. interesting, but it’s still nice to have someone I can fully relate with. Someone I can gossip with and dress up with. Having a sister, and in this case, a twin sister, is something that some people wishes to have. Madison and Ella, though they’re not as close as they were before, still loved each other even if they belong in different groups in highschool.. You can feel it through the pages. The way Ella talked about their bond. Their past escapades. Their secrets. Thr realness is there.

Ella really moved me by her thoughts and actions. She is so scared, full of fears but her actions? Her decisions? It tells a different thing. She’s brave. I mean, what she did… it’s so hard to imagine if you’re in her shoes. There was a scene in where Ella needed to make a decision about her and Maddy’s position. And I was literally screaming to my Kindle.. saying ‘NOOOOO. PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS TO YOURSELF.’ But people who crazy love someone tends to do crazy and unbelievable things. I hurt. I hurt for every characters in here. The book is only on one POV but every single characters are alive and can be felt.

Then there’s Josh and Alex. Both of them are in love. And they’re both hurting too and I can’t help but be filled with this emotion and NEED to just– hug them and tell them that it’s it’ going to be okay. That’s what Trisha Leaver does.. attaches you to her characters and make their emotions yours. I’m not sure if I should be thankful for that or not but one thing is for sure, she needs to be praised.

The Secrets We Keep will floor you with it’s depth and incredible storyline. The writing is beautiful and the characters are raw. Trisha Leaver wonderfully explores friendships, relationships and family ties. Are you willing to lose yourself so that someone you love can live? 

 

 

AUTHOR:

 

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Trisha Leaver live on Cape Cod with her husband, three children, and one rather irreverent black lab. (He is actually half Dalmatian so that could explain a bit of the excitability.)   She is a chronic daydreamer who prefers the cozy confines of her own imagination to the mundane routine of everyday life. She is a member of the SCBWI, the Horror Writers Association, and the YA Scream Queens — a group of nine female authors who are deathly serious about their horror.

 

 

 

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10 Winners will each get a finished copy of THE SECRETS WE KEEP by Trisha Leaver (US/Canada shipping only)

 

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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)
 
 
Purchase links:
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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
Medicine Daughter

 

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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Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter

 

A signed set of DREAMING ANASTASIA trilogy. (domestic US only)

A $10 Starbucks gift card.

An exclusive FINDING PARIS necklace.

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

Signed bookmarks and postcards.

 

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ARC REVIEW: A Magic Dark and Bright (The Asylum Saga #1) by Jenny Adams Perinovic

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A Magic Dark and Bright (The Asylum Saga #1)
Jenny Adams Perinovic
Expected publication: April 28th 2015 by Bookish Group Press
YA > Fantasy | Paranormal
261pages (ebook)
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4 ★★★★1/2

 

Purchase links:
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She meant to help a ghost…not unleash a curse.
Amelia Dupree hasn’t seen the Woman in White since the night her brother died. 
The ghost seems to have disappeared from the woods surrounding Asylum, Pennsylvania—that is, until Charlie Blue moves into the creepy old MacAllister House next door. Amelia can’t help liking him, even though she spent her childhood thinking his grandmother was a witch. And she definitely can’t ignore the connection between his arrival and the Woman in White’s return. 
Then Amelia learns that the Woman in White is a prisoner, trapped between the worlds of the living and the dead. Devastated by the idea that her brother could be suffering a similar fate, Amelia decides to do whatever it takes to help the Woman in White find peace–and Charlie agrees to help her.
But when Amelia’s classmates start to drown in the Susquehanna River, one right after another, rumors swirl as people begin to connect the timing of Charlie’s arrival with the unexplained deaths. As Charlie and Amelia uncover the dark history of Asylum, they realize they may have unleashed an unspeakable evil. One they have to stop before everything they love is destroyed.

 

REVIEW:

 

“I am a weapon, forged by fire, shaped by darkness, and destined for one purpose: Revenge”

This is one of my favorites this year. I honestly don’t have any negative thing to say. Except maybe why it has to end or why do I have to wait. WHYYYYYY.

 Since words doesn’t come to me easily when I try to review a book that I really love (because Imma loser that way) I’ll just list down all the things that made this book such a success! This is Jenny Perinovic’s debut novel and her sequel hasn’t come out yet but I’m already asking for a new book. She is that good.

Okay, so on to the list!

The History, the mystery, the setting, the story..

Love. It. I’m sucker for books that is set on small towns with rich history settings. It reminds me of Mystic Falls from The Vampire Diaries. It’s like setting foot in a town and you can already feel that a lot has happened in that place. And you want to know them all.

At first, I wasn’t sure where the story was going (because I did not read the blurb because that’s just how I roll) ANYWAY,  the story started unraveling once I was 2-3 chapters in and I enjoyed every moment of it. Secrets were revealed. History was found out. People got killed. And the most important thing of all, there were kisses. (hello priorities!!!) There are magic, 

The whole plot that revolves around Amelia is interesting, so much that I was so invested in it. Then Charlie got thrown in and, well, I got sucked in more. Don’t you just love books that makes you forget you bladder and hunger so you can just read all day?

The atmosphere..

Uhm, have you read a book and while you’re reading it it feels like you’re not in your reading nook anymore?  You were transported. You’re inside the book!!! Totally felt that in this book.

The romance, the kissing scenes!!!!!!!!!

If those exclamation point doesn’t tell you how much I love it, maybe this gif can!

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Jenny Adams Perinovic is the bomb when it comes to kissing scenes. She makes me—okay, what’s a swonnier word than swoon? The chemistry of these two. UGH! SO FREAKIN GOOD!! They’re sweet and innocent but they can be heartmelting and sexy too. I WHOLE HEARTEDLY SHIP IT.

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The characters..

Oh please don’t assume that our main character, Amelia, is perfect. She have her fair share of frustrating moments. You know those girls in movies?  Those you scream at with ‘NO DO NOT GO IN THERE YOU DIMWIT! I REPEAT DO NOT- okay she’s inside. Crap’ Well, let’s just say that maybe Amelia isn’t a fan of movies that much.. because she wasn’t aware of those girls we scream at. I still liked her, a lot. Bacuse she has a lot of redeeming qualities and her relationship with her mother is something to be jealous about. 

Charlie is perfect. Okay fine, he’s perfectly flawed. He has his moments too but they’re understandable. These characters act like how I expected them to act and I like that very much. Charlie is so adorable and swoony you guys. He gives me butterflies in the stomach. Or jumping unicorns. 

The ending..

Oh man. WHY WOULD SHE DO THIS TO ME

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I’m kinda pissed. I’m kinda sad. I kinda want to have the second book already in my hands. But I can’t ignore the fact that the ending was epic. There was action, tears worthy moments (the tears were real!) and a couple of WHOAH scenarios. By the end I was just… 

Did I like the book? uhmm, DUH. Do I recommend it? YES I DO. This is definitely a 2015 favorite. A brilliant and marvelous debut! I want more.

Paula