ARC REVIEW: Center Ice (Corrigan Falls Raiders #1)

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Center Ice (Corrigan Falls Raiders #2)
Cate Cameron
Expected publication: May 19th 2015 by Entangled Crush
YA > Contemporary | romance | Sports
196pages (ebook)
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4 ★★★★

 

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The hometown hockey hero won’t know what hit him…

Karen Webber is in small-town hell. After her mother’s death, she moved to Corrigan Falls to live with strangers—her dad and his perfect, shiny new family—and there doesn’t seem to be room for a city girl with a chip on her shoulder. The only person who makes her feel like a real human being is Tyler MacDonald.

But Karen isn’t interested in starting something with a player. And that’s all she keeps hearing about Tyler.

Corrigan Falls is a hockey town, and Tyler’s the star player. But the viselike pressure from his father and his agent are sending him dangerously close to the edge. All people see is hockey—except Karen. Now they’ve managed to find something in each other that they both desperately need. And for the first time, Tyler is playing for keeps…

 

 

REVIEW:

 

Paula

I just want to pick up this book and rain kisses all over it and then hug it to death! Hug it till Tyler comes out, maybe? Getting tired of the YA cliches? This isn’t your usual bad boy liked good girl love story. NOPE. Ready your hearts, ready your feels, because Tyler and Karen is about to blow your hearts into swoonfest!

Let’s get over to the characters, which is one of the brilliance in this story. From the first chapter, it already got me emotional. I don’t know if maybe because I can relate so much with what Karen is going through but I swear, the way Cate Cameron wrote Karens POV gutted me. And I’m not the emotional type, so that’s really saying something. Cameron’s writing is vivid, she will not simply tell you what her characters are feeling, she wants you to feel it… inside of you.. probably for a long time. Karen isn’t the shy type or the perky type, she isn’t suicidal either. She’s angry. She’s not acting out by sleeping with different boys or drinking herself to oblivion.. nope. She turns her anger and sadness to silence. And that my friends, is the most painful thing you can do. Shut down yourself… I can’t even imagine. That’s why Karen is such an admirable character for me because, sure, she was bitter and angry at first, but the character development was superb. Well done and just plain brilliant.

Now, Tyler a.k.a the guy who stole my heart from the first chapter. He is so REFRESHING to read.

So tired of the dark and broody guys? Well, here is Tyler. I DO NOT SHARE, but if we’re friends, I MIGHT CONSIDER. Cate wrote his love interest in the best adorable way. He is so clueless about some things (*cough* relationship) I just want to pinch his cheeks! This is the first time a hot love interest makes me want to pinch his cheeks. I’m telling you guys, Tyler has a different power over the readers. BEWARE. This guy is so far from perfect, okay? Cut him some slack. He’s perfectly flawed and for that, I LURVE HIM. He underwent to a major character development as well.

The way Cameron constructed this love story was incredible! There’s no insta love! Not even insta lust. Yes, you better believe it. They went to a fun and simple friendship to a to-die-for connection. So yes, I can assure you that the romance of Center Ice is something to swoon over or be jealous about, BUT this story, IS SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT. Center Ice also deals with relationship within the family. Do you really have to be related in blood to be a part of a family?

If from my review you didn’t get that YES I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH reaction, then I’m a failure. Because that’s what this review is all about. Just me gushing and convincing you guys to gush with me. I WANT MORE and I think I’m gonna get it because there will be a second book!!! Now, if somebody’s looking for me, I’ll wait right here and calm my heart.

 

Paula

ARC REVIEW: Mia and the Bad Boy (Backstage Pass #2) by Lisa Burstein

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Mia and the Bad Boy (Backstage Pass #2)

Lisa Burstein

Expected publication: May 19th 2015 by Entangled: Crush

YA > Contemporary | Romance | Music

arc via publisher

 

 

3 ★★★ 1/2

 

 

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This good girl’s about to meet her match…

Ryder Brooks is living the dream—he’s famous, loved by millions of girls, and miserable. All he really wants is to write his own music, not Seconds to Juliet’s sugary sweet pop. In order to do that, though, the “bad boy” of the band will have to play by the rules. And that includes behaving with his new—and super cute—über-good-girl tutor.

Mia Reyes is in fangirl heaven. Tutoring her favorite member of her favorite band? It’s a dream come true…until it turns into a complete nightmare. Ryder is nothing like she thought. He’s crude, arrogant, and pretty much a total jerk. And the worst part? She’s roped into pretending to be his girlfriend so that no one finds out he’s being tutored. Fake kisses, plenty of PDA, and even sharing his hotel room…

But sometimes even the baddest of bad boys needs a little redemption.

 

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 Welcome to my stop for the Mia and the Bad Boy tour!! If you remember, I gushed about the first book in this series. Remember? When I introduced Seconds to Juliet to you guys? Well, the bad boy is here. And he just melted my heart!!

 

REVIEW:

 

Paula

You swooned over Miles. Now ready your hearts… because Ryder is about to steal it. Turns out, our bad boy is not so bad after all. When does fake becomes real? Hearts gets tested, secrets were revealed but the swoonfest continues!

I love how Ryder isn’t what you really see and there’s so much more from him. I enjoyed every moment of getting to know Ryder and his past and his road to redemption was so hilarious and heartfelt! His whole persona was really mysterious from the first book and its incredible how readers still demanded more of Ryder even though we already have him bared and out in the world. There’s just something about him that we couldn’t get enough of.

Mia.., Mia is incredible! She can be innocent and shy, but she’s also sassy and can be feisty when she needs to be. I actually adore how she’s not hot and cold in here, And that she takes no crap from anyone. Her heart is big and the story tells us that she is the one to teach our Ryder, but along the way, she learned a lot as well. Her character development was something I really celebrated because from the start, I can really see her potential and I was so glad that she made it. That she achieved it. And surprise surprise, Ryder is the one who helped her realize that potential.

The romance was intense, perfect paced and very sweet, Lisa Burstein really captured that classic we-cant-but-we-should kind of romance. It was not annoying or irritating but instead, you’ll find yourself totally caught up in Ryder and Mia’s story. You can’t help but root for them too. There was an actual chemistry between these two and you will feel it oozing from every chapter they’re together.

Although I wished Ryder’s family was dealt and discussed more, I was satisfied by that knee buckling ending. It was every teenager’s dream. Ryder sure knows how to make a statement. And you want a bonus? You got it! Miles and Ryder had a very heart touching moment in here and it was everything I was hoping for, It was hilarious and the bromance was off the charts. I loved it!

All in all, Mia and the Bad Boy is another success in this incredible on going series. I couldn’t wait for more from the boys! This book has a perfect amount of drama you want. With music and hot boys in the mix, Mia and the Bad Boy is another book you can’t resist.

 

AUTHOR:

 

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Lisa Burstein is a tea seller by day and a writer by night. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University and is
glad to finally have it be worth more than the paper it was printed on. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her very patient husband, a neurotic dog and two cats. She wrote her first story when she was in second grade. It was a Thanksgiving tale from the point of view of the turkey from freezer to oven to plate. It was scandalous.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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REVIEWS&SNEAK-A-PEEKS: BuqoYA: 4: Heart Choices + Giveaway!!

And we are down to our FOURTH bundle. This one is such a hit! I loved every story from this bundle. I reviewed 3 stories from this one for this tour stop and shared 3 excerpts as well. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway and I’ll be reviewing ALL of the stories on Goodreads. Thanks for stopping by 🙂


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HEART CHOICES

 
Sometimes it’s hard to choose. Do you stay or do you let go? Should you become friends, more than friends, or stay strangers? Would you risk love for popularity? You’re invited to explore these stories and find out each character’s choice from the heart.

 


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This bundle includes:

 

Until the Race is Over by Lyka Caparos

 

Rico wishes Lianne back in his life, but because of that viral article that Traecy posted on their school paper’s website, it appears to be impossible for them to be together again. Traecy on the other hand, had only one wish for her birthday, to spend it with the one she admires since high school – Rico Avila. How can fate brings the two together in a race that would definitely reveal small discoveries that can lead to two choices: either to tear them apart or hope for a more unexpected relationship?

Excerpt..

“When I see her, I always feel na gusto ko siyang kausapin. I want to keep her nearer and nearer to my world. It breaks my heart whenever I saw her talking to someone else. Na parang naka move on na siya in just two damn months.” He said laughing though I know he’s deeply hurt, then continued, “She doesn’t realize how hurt I was. She doesn’t even care about me anymore. Ang daling kalimutan para sa kanya ang mga pinagdaanan namin. But for me, it hurts like hell.” Napayuko ako ng hindi niya makita ang reaksyon ko sa sinabi niya. Tama nga Traecy, gumising ka sa katotohanan.

Gusto ko siyang samahan kahit ngayong araw lang. Gusto kong pasayahin siya kahit para sa kanya corny. Gusto kong kahit ngayong araw lang, makalimutan niya ang sakit na nararamdamn niya sa babaeng ‘yon. Sa maswerteng babaeng si Lianne na hindi man lang na appreciate ang lalakeng tunay na nagmamahal sa kanya.

“Mahirap ang makamove on. Mahirap ang makalimot. Mahirap ang magbigay ng payo lalo na kung wala ka naman sa lugar. Pero gusto ko lang sanang sabihin sayo na… libre ang maging masaya Rico. It really takes a lot of time para makalimot, and it takes a lot of courage to stand up for yourself and to love yourself this time. Alam kong… hindi ako ang tamang taong magbigay sayo ng advice para sa ganyang bagay pero sana makatulong ako. Sana kahit hindi mo ako ganoon ka kilala, sana maalala mo man lang ang mga sinabi ko…”

“Looks like you’re good at advising ha. Sige nga, can you give me your final blow?”

I smiled and cleared my throat before saying anything. “If you’ve given a great love to someone before and that person never gave it back to you… someone will.”

 

 

In That Summer by Jayen San Diego

 

Senior high school student Jane Enriquez is the ‘dream-girl’ of all male students at Southridge Montessori. Well, except the geeky student leader Sean Villamayor. Opposing from the start, Sean never expected Jane would become his partner for this year’s Summer Camp Immersion. Will this be their worst summer? Or will it turn out to be different?

 

Excerpt..

 

“Ordinary? Are you really that blind, Sean?” Red asked.

Sean self-consciously adjusted his eyeglasses and added, “Well, she’s not that stunningly pretty. I even doubt if she still looks cute without her makeup on. She’s only here because she’s the chairman’s daughter.”

Red did not say anything, and Sean already knew that it was the end of their conversation.

“Are you done with the supplies?”

Sean was startled when he heard Jaine’s voice come from behind Red. He glanced at Red, who looked equally surprised by her presence.

Did Jaine hear what I said? Sean wanted to ask.

When neither of the guys answered her, Jaine added, “There are still a few boxes in the stock room. And Miss Darson said you should hurry up.”

“Yes, ma’am,” Red responded.

He gave Jaine a playful salute and his infamous smile. Other girls would have swooned at this. Sean noted that Jaine wasn’t even slightly affected. Maybe Sean was wrong. Maybe Jaine wasn’t like every other girl.

Red left, enthusiastically roping other basketball team members into helping him on his way to the stock room. Sean turned his attention back to his task. He expected Jaine to leave, having accomplished her task. But she stayed and stared at him.

He wanted to ignore her, but he was surprised to find he felt self-conscious. He then reasoned to himself that it was just because he wasn’t use to working with someone watching him.

“Do you need anything else?” he asked without looking up from his checklist of supplies.

He waited, but Jaine just continued to stare. Irritated, he finally stopped working and gave her the attention she wanted.

“Do you need anything else, Miss Jaine Enriquez?” he asked again, giving emphasis to his formal way of addressing her.

To his bemusement, Jaine smiled. Her whole face brightened up when she did. And Sean was reminded of this season, of summer. He knew she wasn’t ordinary. But Sean would never admit he’d been wrong.

On the Outside Looking In by Claire Du

 

Seventeen-year-old Freya Mahilum has always been in love with football hotshot Ezra Montelibano. Ezra, who’s too caught up with family pressures and his so-called girlfriend to pay attention to a geek obsessed with him. Freya knows she’d never stand a chance with him, but then fate conspires to bring them together. Will getting to know each other prove that love knows no boundaries or will they find that they’re better off existing in two separate worlds?

Review..

 

What is it about jerks that we find so attractive. Really, I’ve been mulling over this for awhile now. Not just because of this story (though it did gave me a nudge) its just that, I’ve seen this happen in most of the books I read. (guess I’m attracted to jerks too) And not just that, they’re unattainable too! Its like we’re asking for pain. I don’t have logical explanation for this (at the moment) but I do believe that there’s a lot to a person from what we see the outside.

So you might ask if this has something to do with the story. Well, of course! You see, Ezra is probably one of the jerk-iest jerk I’ve read. Ever. Did not like him at all. At first. And this is why character developments are so important. And yep, it happened here. Lot of things happened, realizations, harsh words that were too late to take back… but still, it happened. I like that Ezra was flawed even though he’s the big guy from the campus. I like that he took a full turn and changed. I like that he has a way with words (the guy knows how to make a speech!!!) and he was, indeed, swoony.

Freya was every bit of every girl in this world. Like, you can read about this girl and relate. I mean, please, didn’t we used to all have THAT CRUSH!!? Don’t even lie, I like Freya’s bubbly personality. I like that she have fierce friends who always have her back. I like that she got her happy ever after. Because she deserves it.

These two are so different. They came from different cliques. They revolve in different worlds. But they couldn’t be more compatible. The author really captured that young love that every girl yearns for. I’m pretty sure this is why Taylor Swift keeps singing. For this kind of love stories.

 

What About Today by Dawn Lanuza

 

Aiden’s stuck working for his family’s amusement park, Funtastic World, for the whole summer. Nothing amuses him, until he met this terrified girl.
Gemma’s stuck in Funtastic World thinking she could handle the park’s rides. She couldn’t. Good thing she met someone to guide her.
As the day comes to a close, Aiden and Gemma ask themselves if one day is ever enough to decide if they were better off as friends or strangers.

 Review

 

I’ve been a fan of Dawn ever since I read The Boyfriend Backtrack. Not only because it has a very pretty cover (just like this one) but also because she’s not cliche. She doesn’t just go with the flow. She makes waves.

So. Aiden. This guy is si cool. I like his kinda mysterious persona. I used to be pissed off by guys keeping secrets from the main leads but from Aiden, I’ll let it pass. I like how mature he can be. I like his role isn’t just to make Gemma swoon but also to get pass through her fears. And I like that he passed through his own obstacle along the way as well.

Gemma. Ahhhh, Gemma. Gemma is so me, Uhm, I haven’t been on a roller coaster ride in my entire life (I don’t think roller coaster ride of emotions counts) and this story totally gave me some nudging. I wonder if I’ll meet an Aiden too. I like that Gemma isn’t swayed by looks that easily. I like that she use her head. I like that she is scared… and that she’s doing something about it.

The two main leads being strangers at first was such a good success in this story. Sure, it has been done a million times, but only few came out as legit, very dream-like and swoony. Fortunately, Dawn Lanuza achieved all of that. She showed off her fantastic way of dialogues in here. The banter, the cute arguments of Aiden and Gemma was so enjoying to read, I’m sure Aiden and Gemma can discuss their grocery list, and I’d still read it.

This is another hit by Dawn Lanuza. Very charming, full of hope and although Dawn’s take is subtle, the story is so romantic! I can see fans of Jen E. Smith enjoying this.

 

Waiting for Whatever by Fay Sebastian

 

Denise knew pain at an early age. She has been waiting for her true love since she was 11, but she never gave up, knowing she’d meet him someday.
What she didn’t know was that she already met the man she’s been waiting for, and that he’s sitting beside her at the airport. The thought never crossed her mind because she’s seated between two guys who broke her heart before.

 

My Review…

 

Oh, this one is a favorite. Its one of the shortest from the bundle, but its also one of the stories that really made an impact. It was far from simple. But not too complicated either that you’ll stop reading. There’s a touch of drama and a lot of feels. I was caught up in the whole thing.

Denise is the kind of heroine you’d think that you already met in person. Or you wish to.. I don’t know if its because I’m a Filipina as well, but I really like her outlook in life. I’m a fan of her beliefs, her expectations in love and how she thinks. She’s a hopeless romantic and I LOVE IT.

I don’t feel like commenting about the love interest. I want to keep that hint of mystery that I got when I started reading this. There was some things that I did not see coming. And I just really want to praise the author for catching me off guard. I like that everything about this story is unpredictable. And for exploring different relationships. And for portraying a very cute and charming story about first love!

 

Barely Even Friends by Kristel S. Villar

 

For pretty and athletic Emily Fonseca, nothing’s better than getting invited to join Luna East Arts Academy’s most popular crowd, the Elites. She only has to fulfill a list of dares to prove that she’s got what it takes. But will it cost Emily her rekindled friendship with language tutor and childhood friend Noah Calderon?

 Excerpt..

“Someone’s coming!” he announced, walking towards me in panic.

I quickly stuffed the paper inside my pocket and closed the drawer in haste. I watched Noah scan the room to look for a place to hide, and tugged me on my elbow when he saw a door at the corner of the room. He pushed me roughly inside just in time the front door opened.

We were in a dark and tiny broom closet. The air stank of floor wax, dust, and wood, making my nose itch. I reached up to rub my nose, but my elbow caught one of the shelves and it made a soft clatter. Noah seized my arm and cupped my mouth with his other hand, hushing me to keep me still.

“Hello?” the female voice asked. I recognized it as one of our substitute teachers, but I couldn’t remember her name.

We stood there for God knows how long as we listened to the shuffling of papers. I felt Noah’s chest rise and fall, and his hot breath on my forehead. I felt the way my small frame measured to his lean build, and the warmth of his hand holding my arm. I closed my eyes, feeling the skin of his palm on my lips and inhaling the scent of his cologne amidst the stench of the closet.

Stop it, Emily, I scolded myself.

The room fell silent a few minutes later. I pulled his hand away from my mouth and leaned over the door to get a better hearing but Noah pulled me back in his arms, perhaps afraid that I would make another noise.

“Do you think she’s gone?” I hissed at him.

“I dunno. I haven’t heard the door open yet. Keep still,” he whispered back.

 

 

AUTHORS:

 

Lyka Caparos

 

Because I want something in my life that I think is better than pursuing a degree that is far beyond the expectations of my heart.
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Jayen San Diego

 

Who I am?
I’m Jayen San Diego, a twenty-something who write stories mostly about love. I’m a news archivist by day, fiction writer by night and a self-confess Fangirl in between.
Why I write?
“In order to write about life first you must live it.”
― Ernest Hemingway
They say when we want a moment to last, we close our eyes. Well, for me, I prefer to write it down. Reliving the moments through writing is what I do.
What I write?
Sharing my thoughts about life and love and writing.
From personal anecdotes to life opinions, you can read it here. When my melancholic side is on, you can read poetic post but generally it is a mirror of what’s happening in my daily life.
Twitter | Blog | Wattpad

 

Claire Du

 

Claire has been a bookworm ever since she can remember. Her passion for reading started when she met Archie Andrews at the Airport Bookshop. Aside from writing short stories, she also enjoys reading and reviews at http://thebookjunkie.weebly.com, playing the keyboard, and just cuddling with her dog Frou. She’s the author of He Loves Me… Not?, one of the short stories in an anthology called Luna East Vol.1 : Kids These Days.
Twitter | Blog | Wattpad

 

Dawn Lanuza

 

Dawn Lanuza started writing stories when she was just a kid (the drafts weren’t good or even finished). She works for the music industry by day and writes meet cutes and snappy comebacks by night. She currently lives with her family and an adopted dog.
Twitter | Blog | Facebook

 

Fay Sebastian

Fay started writing stories since she learned how to write with a pencil, but she only rediscovered her love for writing when she was a high school freshman. Since then, writing has become her life.
Now a Speech Communication student at the University of the Philippines, she writes even during the busiest of days because writing prevents her from being a college zombie.
Why she holds writing instruments in an odd way will always be a mystery to the world.
Twitter | Blog | Facebook

Kristel S. Villar

Kristel S. Villar covers sporting events for a national broadsheet by day and tries to write fiction by night. In between, she takes care of her husband and son. She has penned “Blast from Two Pasts”. a contemporary romance novella, and “The Rumor About Me”, her first short story for the Luna East anthology. He second Luna East short story, “One on One” is featured in the quarterly online romance journal, Clara (www.clararomance.com).
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AUTHOR TAKEOVER #003: Cindy Thomas, author of: ‘BECKON ME’ + 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! See past posts HERE.


You guys,  the author I’ll be featuring today is so sweet and nice! Her debut novel just came out this year and you guys should totally check it out. Check out the interview I did with Cindy below and don’t forget to enter the giveaway! Thanks for supporting Author Takeover!! And don’t forget to say HI to Cindy 😀

 

The Book..

 

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Beckon Me (Beckoner #1)

Published April 13th 2015 by Cindy Thomas
NA > Fantasy | Paranormal

Purchase it: amazon | bn

 

 

About the book..

 

Everything nineteen-year-old Karina Mitchell knows about death changes the instant that she and her best friend, Rainey, are shot. For one, souls don’t die. They cross over. Only, Rainey’s soul hasn’t, and her ghost is hell bent on haunting Karina.
When Karina begins her sophomore year of college and moves into the apartment that she was supposed to share with Rainey, she learns a few shocking truths from her mysterious and gorgeous blue-eyed neighbor, Eli.
One: Karina has been chosen to become a Beckoner—an immortal conduit of the dead who helps safely guide souls to the other side.
Two: She’s the reason that Rainey’s soul can’t cross over—Rainey followed her back from death and missed her window to be at peace.
Three: Eli is hot. As in swoon-worthy, to-die-for, will-make-you-forget-yourself hot. And it turns out, Eli is a Beckoner, too.
Despite her attraction to Eli, the decision to become a Beckoner isn’t an easy one—it would mean giving up her own mortality … her own soul. But if she doesn’t, her best friend will be left to suffer an eternity at the hands of the evil Ceptors, dark creatures that feed on the souls left behind. After all, it’s her fault Rainey is haunting her.
Time is running out, and Karina needs to decide: Are love and loyalty worth sacrificing her soul?

 

 

The author..

 

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The Interview..

Hi Cindy!! Thanks for stopping by on the blog!! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? 🙂
Hi, Paula! Thank you so much for having me! Hm…so a little about me….I’m a mother of three boys, a wife to one awesome man, and a reader, who loves to write. Oh, and I’m also the manager of marketing and a senior publicist at Spencer Hill Press/Spencer Hill Contemporary. My plate is super full, but my heart is too.
Beckon Me has such an interesting premise. Can you share with us how or where you got the idea from?
Thank you! The idea for BECKON ME actually came to me while I was washing dishes about 6 years ago. I saw Eli first, and then I saw Karina. The story has changed a lot since that first day, but the main characters have always been strong voices inside my head.

 

Describe your book in 5-7 words for us..
Life, Death, Choices, Love, Forgiveness

 

How did you decide your novel’s book cover? If you’ve given the chance to change it, will you? (It looks really pretty!! :D)
My cover designer (Jenny Adams Perinovic) was extremely patient with me! I had a very strong sense of what I didn’t want for this cover, but no real ideas for what I did want. I think we ended up going through over 35 (maybe more!) drafts before finally finding this perfect one. As soon as I saw this image, I just knew it was the right one. I really don’t think I would change it if I could. I am kind of in love with it. I love what Jenny did with it!

 

Do you think you can be friends in real life with your main character, Karina? Why?
Yes, definitely. I am a very loyal person and I would be able to connect with Karina in that way. I also think I’d have a lot of fun with Gabby.

 

Can you share something weird, funny or even a scary thing that happened while writing Beckon Me?
When I was drafting BECKON ME, I was a very active book blogger. I was reading a book by a debut YA author and absolutely fell head over heels in love with the story. I wrote this super long, fangirly email to the author telling her all the things I adored about her writing and the storyline. A rather unlikely friendship grew from that original email, and now, 6 years later, that author is one of my very best friends and she’s a critique partner of mine. She’s been an absolute rock for me and I’m so thrilled I “met” her the way I did.

 

What will readers expect from Eli. Can you share 2-3 quirks that Eli has which you think we’ll love 🙂
Eli can be…challenging at times. He’s secretive and cocky and has all kinds of good reasons why. I hope that readers enjoy unraveling his story.

 

Are you working on something new already? Do you have a WIP that you can tell us about?
I am working on several ideas at the moment. First is the sequel to BECKON ME, that I am hoping to release in August. I also have a few YA titles I’m working on with my agent. As soon as I have more information on those, I’ll definitely share. 

 

Thanks again, Cindy 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 awesome)

 

 

Playlist for Beckon Me

 

Ill with Want by The Avett Brothers
Megalithic Symphony by AWOLNATION
Burn it Down by AWOLNATION
Are You Here by Corinne Bailey Rae
Society by Eddie Vedder
Beautiful Disaster by Kelly Clarkson
Awake My Soul by Mumford & Sons
You Could Be Happy by Snow Patrol
I’m Not Calling You a Liar by Florence & the Machine

 

 

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What do you think of Beckon Me, you guys? Will you be reading it? Maybe some of you already loved it. Share your thoughts!

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ARC REVIEW: The Rearranged Life by Annika Sharma

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The Rearranged Life
Annika Sharma
Published May 15th 2015 by Curiosity Quills Press
NA > Contemporary | Romance
arc via publisher
 
 
3 ★★★
 
 
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Nithya, a vivacious, intelligent and driven college senior has always known what she has wanted: a successful career in medicine and the love of her family. She’s even come to terms with the idea of an arranged marriage, a tradition her conservative Indian family has held up for thousands of years.
When a night of partying puts her on a collision course with danger, Nithya’s entire life changes.
Enter James St. Clair, the smart, challenging and heartbreakingly handsome American.
As Nithya and James fall in love, she questions the future she and her parents have always planned. Now, Nithya has a choice to make: become a doctor and a good Indian bride, or step away from her family and centuries of culture to forge her own path.
The decision she comes to takes her on a journey that transforms how she sees her future, her relationships with loved ones, and how she learns to put herself back together when even her best-laid plans fall apart.
 
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 Welcome to my stop for the The Rearranged Life tour. I had the sudden urge to attend an Indian wedding while I was reading this. I learned a lot and I enjoyed every moment of it. Its time to diversify our TBR, why don’t you start by Annika Sharma’s debut novel?

 

REVIEW:

 

I’ve always been curious on other nations cultures. Like, by how they dress, their language, their traditions. And I do believe that India has one of the most colorful and fascinating culture ever. Everybody is curious. Everybody wants a glimpse of this country. And most of all, the people are nice! Nobody can argue with that.

Although The Rearranged Life was not fully set on India, I feel like I was transported. Like the main character, Nithya, took me on a trip. I learned so much! This book is such an adventure. Yes, the romance was the main plot but the whole story was so much more than that! Nithya taught me a lot of things but along the way, she learned a lot too. Her character growth is something to be praised about. Hindrances, obstacles, whirlwind of problems… whether its about her lovelife or her career, she passed through it all. By the end, she was stronger and more resilient.

The romance was really such a roller coaster ride. You’ll swoon, you’ll get angry, you’ll feel sad, you will get affected and invested. Nithya’s situation is one place I don’t want to be in. Ever. Did you know that its the first time I kinda wished that the two main leads don’t end up together? I know, I really feel awful. This book made me think. Made me question some things that I believe in when it comes to love. Does it really conquer all? How can you have that happy ending when your family is against it? When worse comes to worst, who would you choose???

I was hurt, frustrated and sad. Annika Sharma doesn’t hold back. She doesnt cop out by how things are supposed to be. Not everything is sunshine and rainbows. There’s realities that we have to face when it comes to this things and Sharma just presented that to us. No sugarcoating. I was 90% in in the book and my mind was still muddled. I don’t know if they’ll end up together. I don’t know if I WANT them to end up together. I was feeling too much.

I had some problems with the pacing, some scenarios, I felt like it was rushed. But obviously, I was too invested and attached to Nithya’s life to be affected by the pacing and stop reading. I also wished that James has his own POV to get his side of things.

Other than those, I had no more problems. The Rearranged Life was such an eye opener. You’ll be entranced to follow Nithya’s life and how their culture work. Your thoughts will be provoked. Your mind and heart will be tested. Annika Sharma’s debut novel will linger in you. I cannot wait for more from this fantastic author. I really suggest that you give this a book a go.

 

 

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Annika Sharma was born in New Delhi and brought up in the United States, where she moved with her parents as a baby. A proud alum, she graduated from Penn State University with dual degrees in Biobehavioral Health and Neuro-Psychology, and minors in Biology and Human Development and Family Studies. She received her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education before pursuing her dreams of becoming a writer, landing her agent Stacey Donaghy of Donaghy Literary Group while daylighting as a preschool teacher. The Rearranged Life, her first novel, was written in the month before graduate school.

Annika, a Gryffindor and Scorpio, spends much of her time dreaming of adventure, working on her next book, going on Starbucks runs with family and friends, shopping online and watching superhero movies.

​The Rearranged Life, will be hitting shelves on May 15th, 2015, published by Curiosity Quills Press.

 

 

 

 

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