Author Takeover #002: O.E. Boroni, author of: ‘The Beginning of Never’ + 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!


Woot! Thanks so much for supporting our very first Author Takeover last week, I hope you guys keep coming back because I have tons of awesome authors lined up! Anyway, this edition, I’ll be featuring the very nice and sweet, O.E. Boroni. I’ve read her book last week and haven’t post my review yet. Watch out for that! Scroll down for the interview that we did and make sure to enter the giveaway which is open to everyone!!! Thanks for stopping by! Don’t forget to share your thoughts 🙂

 

The Book..

 

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The Beginning of Never

Published April 28th 2015 by Waves Corporation
YA > Contemporary | Romance

 

 

Purchase it: amazon | bn | kobo | ibooks | smashwords

 

 

About the book..

 

Twilight meets Eleanor and Park in this contemporary romance story about a love that insists on forever.
When Lenora Baker and Nathan Roqué run into each other in their boarding school courtyard, they have no idea that they are about to begin a journey that will take them the rest of their lives to recover from. Both scarred from parents who were once in love but ended up destroying each other, they are sworn off the possibility that there can truly exist a love that will never end.
But when with each other they find a passion so strong that it heals as powerfully as it burns, a love that will run out is no longer an option for them. Together, they discover just how far they are willing to go to preserve what they know they will only find once in their lifetime.
This is the start of their journey, and here you will come to realize, that falling in love is only the first part of the story…

 

 

 

The Author..

 

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I currently live in England. My days are spent in the Project Management field while my nights are spent with books. I’m either reading them or writing the ones that I want to read. My favorite things and in this particular order are books, Korean dramas, ice cream, and people who smile through everything. I consistently tell people that these are the four things they need to be happy but do they believe me?
No! Well I believe me, and you should too.

 

 

 

 

The Interview..

 

Hi Omoye! Thanks for stopping by on the blog!! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? 🙂

Thank you for having me. Well first things first, I never knew I was going to be a writer.  I grew up reading practically any book that I could get my hands on, and more than the escape that they gave to me, they also gave me the desire to dream. The exposure that books give you is one of the most priceless gifts that anyone can get from them, but that is if they’re open enough to receive it. It makes you believe that the world is your oyster, and that mindset is the beginning to a fulfilling life without boundaries. I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Estate Management from Covenant university in Nigeria, and currently, I’m undertaking my postgraduate studies at Lancaster University in England. ‘The Beginning of Never’ is a contemporary romance novel but really, my favorites are historical romances. I’m fascinated by the lifestyle of people from centuries ago. One more thing, I love Korean dramas. Their stories I find are the ones that are able to capture my attention more than any others in the world. There is a honesty, and richness to them that leaves the greatest impact on me. I think they’re absolutely amazing.


Many novels are inspired by a single question. Was there one that sparked The Beginning of Never?

Yes! I read all sorts of books but my favorite books would always be the ones that have some romantic element in it. However, I understand that sometimes the love stories portrayed in these books are not realistic, and are so different from what we actually see happen in real life. Books all talk about the ‘falling in love stage’ of any relationship, and while that is wonderful, it is not the whole story. In fact, in real life, that is the easiest part of the story,and unfortunately for most people,the best part. So the question I wanted to answer in ‘The Beginning of Never’ was this: what would happen if two people met and swore that they were never going fall out of love with each other?  And what were the actions that they would take to ensure that their love never ran out? At the beginning of the book,I wanted to find the answers to these questions, and so far I’ve gotten some very wonderful answers.


Describe your book in 5-7 words for us.

Unique, Intense, Honest, inspiring, Entertaining, and captivating.

 

How did you decide your novel’s book cover? Which, by the way, is very gorgeous!!
Thank you. Well the cover designer tried all sorts of themes to best capture the essence of the novel, but we couldn’t find the perfect one so we decided to go with something simple but yet different. The Magenta color of the cover is one that I haven’t really seen on a lot of books so we decided that that would be the best fit for it. You’ll completely grasp the feel of the image when you read some certain scenes in the book. ‘No spoilers’. All in all, since we couldn’t complicate the cover, we decided to make it simple but different, just like its story.


How would you introduce your main character to us?

The main character in this book is Lenora Grace Baker and to me, she represents the essence of teenage turbulence. But one thing she isn’t is insecure, because she’s been through too much in her life to be. She is unhappy, but her pure-heartedness and bravery is one that will make her grow on you. This is the girl you’re introduced to: a careless, and short-tempered girl who believes that the best way to avoid pain is to avoid people. But as the story progressed, my greatest joy was to see her transform into a more self-less, brave and happy person. It made me fall completely in love with her and I’m sure you will too. If I were to compare her to a real life character, I’d say that the girl that represents Lenora, in both looks and attitude is Lorde. She’s a sixteen year old musician from New Zealand.

What is the best and hardest parts that you wrote in The Beginning of Never?
The hardest part for me was chapter nineteen,because it captured the essence of the novel’s message. So I had to write and rewrite it countless times. The best parts for me were definitely the romantic scenes because of how pure and unbelievably intense they were. Writing them brought goose pimples all over my skin.

What are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on the Sequel to ‘The Beginning of Never which is entitled ‘The Way to Never’ and will be out by June or at the latest, early in July.

What are your three current YA favorites?
Hmm, believe it or not I don’t have any favorite books. I’ve always tried to consciously pick some and although some stories do stick with me, I’ve never had one to completely fixate upon as a favorite. I do like the the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer, and basically, any historical romance written by Julie Garwood.

 

 

O.E Boroni told us that she can’t listen to music when she writes because she needs all of her concentration and music doesn’t give her that. However, Lenora listened to songs, because they gave her an escape and calmed her when it felt like her world had become too dark. And here are some of the song in Lenora’s playlist..

 

 

Bravado by Lorde
Sound of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel
Yellow Flicker beat by Lorde
Team by Lorde
Stay by Rihanna

 

 

 

The Giveaway..

 

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Will you be reading this book? Thanks for stopping by 😀 And don’t forget to share your thoughts!

Paula

GUEST POST: Life Unaware by Cole Gibsen + Giveaway!!

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Life Unaware
Cole Gibsen
Published April 28th 2015 by Entangled: Teen
YA > Contemporary | Romance
 
 
Purchase links:
Amazon | TBD | BN
 
 

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Regan Flay has been talking about you.
Regan Flay is on the cusp of achieving her control-freak mother’s “plan” for high school success―cheerleading, student council, the Honor Society—until her life gets turned horribly, horribly upside down. Every bitchy text. Every bitchy email. Every lie, manipulation, and insult she’s ever said have been printed out and taped to all the lockers in school.
Now Regan has gone from popular princess to total pariah.
The only person who even speaks to her is her former best friend’s hot but socially miscreant brother, Nolan Letner. Nolan thinks he knows what Regan’s going through, but what nobody knows is that Regan isn’t really Little Miss Perfect. In fact, she’s barely holding it together under her mom’s pressure. But the consequences of Regan’s fall from grace are only just beginning. Once the chain reaction starts, no one will remain untouched…
Especially Regan Flay
 
 
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 Welcome to my stop for the Life Unaware tour! Today, Cole Gibsen shared 5 unknown facts about her latest novel. Scroll down to find out what those things are and don’t forget to join the giveaway! 

 

GUEST POST:

 

5 Unknown Facts About Life Unaware

1. In the book, Regan’s—the main character’s—mother is a United States Senator. In real life my uncle is a United States Congressman. I grew up attending political functions, press releases, and campaign events. While my Uncle is nothing like Regan’s mom, I was able to use my own personal experience with politics to develop her character.

2. Regan suffers from anxiety and debilitating panic attacks. So do I. Each panic attack Regan suffers is a detailed description of my own, which is why writing those scenes was so difficult for me.

3. My biological dad took off when I was a toddler. My stepdad was verbally and emotionally abusive. Because of this I had a hard time writing “good” dads because I had no idea how they behaved. It wasn’t until I got married and had a child of my own that I was able to see my husband interact with our daughter, showing me for the first time in my life what a “good” dad looks like. Life Unaware was my first attempt at writing a “good” dad.

4. In the book Regan has an ex-racehorse. That horse is a tribute to my own ex-racehorse Dancer O’ Day that I owned for several years until my stepdad got rid of him while I was at work. I came home just in time to see the horse trailer pulling away. One of my life goals is to find out where he went and if his last years were happy.

5. I drew on my own experiences with bullying when I wrote Life Unaware. When I was a freshman, my family moved and I had to start a new school mid semester. Some cheerleader got mad because she thought her boyfriend was flirting with me. I can’t remember, but I think he’d only asked me for a pencil. Still, that was all it took to start nearly two years of torture.

 

 

AUTHOR:

 

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Cole Gibsen first realized she different when, in high school, she was still reading comic books while the other girls were reading fashion magazines.

It was her love of superheroes that first inspired her to pick up a pen. Her favorite things to write about are ordinary girls who find themselves in extraordinary situations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GIVEAWAY:

 

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REVIEWS + SNEAK-A-PEEK: BuqoYA 2: Sweet Complications + Giveaway!!

Hi!! Thank you for stopping by! This is the second bundle I’ll be reviewing from the #buqoYA tour. Like the first one, I decided to review three stories and share three excerpts as well so you guys can take a sneak peek of the goodies! Also, another giveaway to join!!!


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SWEET COMPLICATIONS

 
Would you do a set of dares to prove someone wrong? Would you risk your friendship so you can find love? Would you admit your real feelings? There are a lot of complications when it comes to finding love. Get the feels when you read these sweet stories.

 


Purchase link: Buqo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This bundle includes:

 

Plain Vanilla Ines Bautista-Yao

 

Despite her quirky name and equally quirky family, 16-year- old Tempest Juan knows she’s ordinary. After reading a comment on Facebook which likened her to vanilla ice cream, Tempest decides she has to do something about it or be forever branded as plain, lukewarm, and well, vanilla. It doesn’t help that the comment was made by Paco Lorenzo, her cousin’s cute friend (no longer cute in her book!). When she happens upon a book of dares, she decides to attempt each one, no matter how hard. This is her personality at stake, after all. But somehow, Paco, the cause of all this, finds a way to be at every dare Tempest attempts, confusing her
and forcing her to question what’s really going on inside her heart.

My Review..

I’ve bee a fan of Ms. Ines ever since I’ve read her novel, Only A Kiss, which I really liked because of its realness. I have to say that the realness and realistic characters that Ines always successfully write is still in here. Tempest is a girl you’ll really like to know. She’s the kind of MC that you feel familiar with because it feels like you’ve already met her somewhere. She’s sweet and shy and just like the other girls at her age, she also has those insecurities and fears that we can’t escape from.
I’m glad that this isn’t another girl-turned-into-boy-crazy story. The romance was a bonus but for me, the story is mainly focused on Tempest and how she tried to break free from all the fears and insecurities that she’s been chained up to. But I must say, I was a fan of the romance aspect. Very neatly done and so appropriate for the age group of the characters. It makes the book a lot realistic and enjoyable.
I say this is another success from such a talented author! A crazy fun family, a shy yet interesting main character and a swoony and lovable interest… this is perfect for readers looking for a reason to smile!

 

One Lovely Summer Day by Amae Dechavez

 

Kwento ng Pag-Ibig, Pangarap, at Pag-asa… Sa Pila, Laguna, bakasyon at abala ang lahat sa bahay nila Tiya Isidra—“general cleaning” ika ng matanda. Bukod pa roon ay darating si Maylie, ang paboritong pamangkin niyang galing ng Maynila. Gaya ng inaasahan, naroon si Ethan para tumulong sa paglilinis at paghahanda. Bagamat mukhang tahimik ang dalaga, unang sulyap pa lang ay agad na nagandahan at nabaitan si Ethan sa kaniya. Naging matalik na magkaibigan ang dalawa. Sa isang di inaasahang pangyayari at proyektong kailangang lutasin nilang dalawa, lalong napalapit si Ethan at Maylie sa isa-isa. Gayun pa man, alam ni Ethan na isang araw ay aalis din si Maylie at maiiwan
siya. Sasabihin ba niya kay Maylie ang nararamdaman niya?

 

Excerpt..

 

Habang naglalakad sila ay naalala ni Ethan ang sinabi ng nagtitindang ale kanina. ‘Mabuti at may girlfriend ka na.’ Bakit nga ba hindi ko tanungin si Maylie ngayon kung pwede ko ba siyang maging nobya?
“Silong muna tayo sa may loob ng simbahan, Maylie. Ang init eh,” wika ni Ethan.
Halos walang tao sa loob ng simbahan. Lahat ay nasa labas, nanonood sa mga palabas. Pagka-upo ay agad na nagsalita si Ethan.
“Ahm… Maylie.”
“Ano ‘yon, Ethan?”
“Ahm, naisipan mo na bang sabihin sa mga magulang mo na ayaw mo na ng palipat-lipat ng tirahan?”
“Ah… hindi pa. Kailangan ko bang sabihin sa kanila?”
“Bakit hindi?”
“Umm…”
“Maylie.”
“Ano ‘yon?”
“Gusto ko kasing sabihin na…”
“Na…?”
“Ma…ha… Mahabang usapan pero gusto ko lang sanang magpasalamat.”
“Magpasalamat?”
“Oo, magpapasalamat lang ako. ‘Yon lang ang gusto kong sabihin sa’yo.”
“Salamat saan?”
“Sa mga sinabi mong advice sa akin kahapon.”
“Ah, ‘sus. Wala ‘yon. May sasabihin ka pa?”
“Ahm… wala na. Umuwi na tayo. Gutom na ‘ko, gusto ko nang mananghalian.”
Umuwi na sina Maylie at Ethan at kapagka-pananghalian ay pumasok si Ethan agad sa kuwarto niya.
‘Ang torpe mo, Ethan,’ sambit ni Ethan sa sarili niya.
Kinuha niya sa drawer ang maliit na salamin at tinignan niya ang sarili niya.
“Sabihin mo, MA-HAL. MAAA-HAAAL… Mahal kita!”

 

 

D’01 by Sassy Fova

 

Kat Arcanghel has just turned 18 and she feels that it is the right time to fall in love. She finds herself falling for Alech Crisologo, but she has always thought of herself as a deviant/ rebel and there’s nothing more mainstream than crushing on
the guy that everybody loves, thus she fights her feelings and tries to search for the right one—just not him.
Will Kat continue rebelling against her own heart, or will she let her heart conquer the battle and let it lead the way? She’ll find the answer when she meets D’01.

My Review..

 

THIS IS MY FAVORITE. And yes, I typed that in caps so you’ll get how I love this story. Seriously, I think I just died a little. From happiness or swooning, I do not know. I do believe that we all need and deserve an Alech in our lives. He is such a sweet guy. He is the sweetest!
Sassy Fova is so good at making us care for her characters. This is a short one but you’ll feel the empty feeling once you finally turned the last page. I’m torn between crying because I WANT MORE or sighing with happiness, but still, I WANT MORE. So I guess I’ll just end up with begging. Because, uhmm, I WANT MORE.
I adore how the author constructed this love story. Its wrapped in sweetness and intrigue. Yes, you do know the couple but all kind of questions are there too, WILL THEY ACTUALLY END UP TOGETHER, DOES HE LIKE HER, and its refreshing to guess for once especially in this genre. The ending was the best (HEA!!) because of how it was done. It’s like I don’t want to let go anymore and instead of having that closure because you know its about to end.. my heart just demanded more.
Such a sweet and creative story! Its one of those that makes you feel all kind of flutters in your stomach. A total swoonfest!

 

Travel of Two by Irish Fleur

 

Biyahe mag-isa? Check! Isa na namang item sa bucket list ni Isobel ang matutupad. Sino bang hindi magiging masaya kapag nagawa mo na ang gusto mo? Pero hindi lang pala si Isobel ang nagso-solo travel–si Arty rin. Si Arty na suplado, na-friendzone, makulit, at nakilala ni Isobel sa paglalakbay
niya. At kahit ganito si Arty, mas naging exciting ang pagbiyahe ni Isobel. So, magka-boyfriend… mache-check din nga ba ito ni Isobel
sa sa bucket list niya?

 Excerpt..

 

Tamang-tama at binaba nga kosa lugar na sinabi ko. Nagpaalam ako kay Arty. Nakatalikod na ako at nakailang hakbang na nang marinig kong ang pangalan ko. Paglingon ko ay nakita ko si Arty patakbo papunta sa akin. Napanganga ako.
“O bakit? Nagulat ka, ‘no? ‘Lika na sa inyo, nauuhaw na ako,” hinihingal niyang sabi sabay akbay sa akin.
“Baliw ka ano?!” at inialis ko ang akbay niya sa akin.
“Huwag kang mag-alala, alam ko kung paano pumunta ng Tibiao galing dito sa inyo. I just want to spend more time with you,” sabi niya. Nanlaki ang mga mata ko sa sinabi nya, siya naman ngingiti-ngiti lang. Pero infairness ha, kinilig ako sa sinabi niya.
“Ang drama mo din eh. Bakit, type mo ba ako?”
Tinignan niya ako mula ulo hanggang paa at nilagay pa ang kanyang kamay sa ilalim ng baba na tila nag-iisip.
“Well… Aaminin ko na: maganda ka. I mean, maganda ka in a simple way.”
“Binigay ko na sayo yung number ko, pwede mo naman ako kontakin anytime. Tsaka may mga plano ka rin, right?”
“Ayaw mo bang ma-extend ang pagsasama natin? Pwede kitang ipasyal sa Tibiao para sulit naman ang bakasyon mo.”
Napabuntong-hininga na lang ako at hinayaan kong sumabay sa akin si Arty. Afterall, wala naman sigurong mangyayaring masama; gusto lang naman ni Arty makipagkaibigan.

 

Same by Charm Lee

 

March 2. Of all places, Atasha never thought that she would end up in a hospital on this specific day. Rush was looking forward to just enjoying the day. But with the white walls and medical noises around them, two young and very different souls cross paths. Rush and Atasha discover that even if they are as alike as night and day, they aren’t as different as they thought after all.

 

Excerpt..

 

I woke up today thinking that everything will be normal. I got out of bed at around 10am, and caught my reflection on my vanity mirror. Ugh, my long hair is all frizzy. I tried to comb my hair through it to kind of manage it but it didn’t work. Oh well.
I’m excited. I can’t wait to watch the new movie that everyone has been talking about. I wonder if it lives up to all the buzz that I have been hearing. I think I still have time after the movie to check out Robert’s. It’s Saturday so there is a new shipment of books that I can check out.
I can hear songs now blasting off from my mom’s room. It’s her favorite band. I ignore it. I’m looking for clothes to wear when my mom enters my room and asks me if I want to go with her and my dad to my aunt’s house. They just need to get something for my grandparents, then we can go to the department store after to buy some stuff that we need since we are renovating.
“Pass. I’m going to Robert’s.” I feel awkward whenever I hang out with my parents. I just feel like we have nothing in common and we won’t have anything to talk about. I hate social situations like that so I avoid it as much as possible.
I see the disappointment in my mom’s face, says okay and left me alone. I feel the guilt creeping in but I shrug it off.
She asked and I chose. She gave me an out so it’s okay.
I proceeded in getting ready for my alone day. After I’m all ready, I went downstairs to check on what I can eat on the go as I don’t really want to sit down and eat breakfast with them. I spy the peanut butter and bread. Perfect.

 

Once Upon A Sticky Note by Kristel Ann Cruz

 

Nate and Tanya have been “talk all day, every day” best friends for years but on the eve of Nate’s birthday, Tanya realized she has started developing more-than-platonic feelings him. They’re going off to college soon so confessing anything that might make things complicated between them doesn’t sound like a good plan, especially now that Campus Sweetie Armi has entered the picture. What would Tanya do? Could she? Should she? Grab a sticky note and place your bets.

 My Review..

 

Ahh, a classic bff to bf tale! But this time, there’s a lot of sticky notes involve. I’m a fan of both. This story is a bit painful to read especially if you’ve bee on the MC’s situation. Falling for your best friend sucks!! Well, not if he feels the same way. You’re in heaven in that case. There’s nothing more romantic than a bff to bf kind of romance.
ANYWAY, being affected by the book is a good indication that you’re reading a good one. So even though there were some scenes that feels like I AM THE MAIN CHARACTER and yeah it doesn’t feel good to be her at times, I still welcomed it. The author did a great job for writing Nat and Tan. Authentic characters in a very realistic story. The pacing is something to be praised too! It wasn’t so fast that everything doesn’t make any sense anymore but it wasn’t so sloooow either that I was bored. I mean, yes, the main characters did took time in realizing their feeling but it was the perfect way to go. I honestly don’t complain and I can’t imagine it written in any other way.
Nat and Tan is so charming. You will have the urge to smack them in their foreheads so that the realization part comes quickly but you’ll still love them. Just like its title, this story is quirky and fun! With humorous characters and a sweet love story… how could I ever say no?

 

 

AUTHORS:

 

Ines Bautista-Yao

 

Ines Bautista-Yao is the author of One Crazy Summer , What’s in your Heart , and Only a Kiss . She has also written two short stories, “Flashbacks and Echoes,” which is part of a compilation called All This Wanting and “A Captured Dream,” one of the four short stories in Sola Musica: Love Notes from a Festival . She is the former editor-in-chief of Candy and K-Zone magazines and a former high school and college English and Literature teacher. She is also a wife and mom and blogs about the many challenges and joys of motherhood at theeverydayprojectblog.com . She has recently launched The Author Project, a section in her current blog devoted to the stories in her head: http://theeverydayprojectblog.com/inesbyao-author-project/ .
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Amae Dechavez

 

Amae Dechavez (amaeauthor) is a blogger, fiction author, YA novelist, and children’s book writer. She was born in Quezon City, Manila in 1983 and has a Penn Foster diploma in Child Daycare Management. She has been authoring for several digital distributor hubs in (the Philippines) and has been writing for many free online/ social media platforms. When not hugging or arguing with her dog, you can find her at Writerscafe.org.
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Sassy Fova

 

Sassy Fova is just your average girl from Ilocos Norte, PH. Sassy is a hopeless romantic who’s got her head in the clouds, and comes back down just long enough to write about it. Being an Ilocana, she is thrifty, but she spares none when it comes to sharing all the love.
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Irish Fleur

 

Irish Fleur is a Licensed Pharmacist, cat lover and travel junkie who loves writing since she was seven years old.
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Kristel Ann Cruz

It boggles the mind how someone so shy and awkward found herself in Public Relations, but somehow Krissy makes it work. If she were a fictional character, she’d be a female Ted Mosby. Whether it be prose, poetry, a watercolor painting, or a craft project, she is happiest when she makes. Talk about books, movies, and lipsticks with her on www.krissyfied.com .
Twitter | Instagram

 

Charm Lee

aspiring hero wanting to save the world. tv show addict. all
around shy girl.
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One powerbank to a lucky Philippine resident!

 

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ARC REVIEW: Summer of the Oakmoon by Laura Templeton

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Summer Of The Oak Moon
Laura Templeton
Expected publication: May 5th 2015 by Month9Books
YA > Contemporary | Romance
300 pages (paperback)
arc via publisher
 
 

4 ★★★★

 
 
Purchase links:
Chapters Indigo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | TBD
 
 

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Rejected by the exclusive women’s college she has her heart set on, Tess Seibert dreads the hot, aimless summer ahead. But when a chance encounter with a snake introduces her to Jacob Lane, a black college student home on his summer break, a relationship blooms that challenges the prejudices of her small, north Florida town.
When Jacob confesses that Tess’s uncle is trying to steal his family’s land, Tess comes face to face with the hatred that simmers just below the surface of the bay and marshes she’s loved since birth. With the help of her mentor Lulu, an herbal healer, Tess pieces together clues to the mysterious disappearance of Jacob’s father twenty-two years earlier and uncovers family secrets that shatter her connection to the land she loves.
Tess and Jacob’s bond puts them both in peril, and discontent eventually erupts into violence. Tess is forced to make a decision. Can she right old wrongs and salvage their love? Or will prejudice and hatred kill any chance she and Jacob might have had?
 
 
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 Welcome to my stop for the Summer of the Oakmoon tour. This book is so refreshing! It really surprised me. I’m here to convince you guys to give this book a go. I hope my review can achieve that. Happy reading!!

 

REVIEW:

 

 

“A black guy going to dinner with a lily-white girl like me was bound to raise eyebrows in Port Saint Clare, where civil rights laws were all well and good for city folks, but blacks dated blacks and whites dated whites and exceptions weren’t tolerated”

You know that feeling when you started reading a book and you didn’t expect anything so it surprised you big time? Summer of the Oakmoon surprised me with its emotional depth. From the first chapter, I was already invested in. Tessa is a delightful heroine. I thought that the book being set in 1982 would be a problem but instead, it made the book more readable. The time and setting of the book is perfect with the story and it was a big part of the plot… it was believable and everything is perfectly in place.

Laura Templeton writes such authentic characters. She made me fall hard with Tessa and Jacob in a heartbeat. At first, Tessa is what you expected. She’s scared and confused. Dating a black guy is not something you would normally do in their town. Unless you want people raising their eyebrows when they see you or you want to be talked about in such a bad way. But good thing Jacob is brave enough for both of them. Racism was at large at their time and place. I was hurting for Jacob. But also admiring him.

The romance in this book belongs now in the list of my ALL TIME FAVORITES list.

 

“..he ever so gently tipped my face up to his. “Now, I’m going to kiss you. Then, I’m going to tell you that I love you.” His voice dropped to a husky whisper. “And that’s all that needs to be said.”

I was in a emotional rollercoaster and its the first time I’m not complaining. These two went through A LOT and from the moment they saw each other, I’m already rooting for them. I will seriously fight for these amazing characters to be together. Insta love was a no show so that makes me love this book more. Its amazing how Templeton weaved a simple and beautiful love story that will leave a huge impact to your heart.

Laura Templeton grabbed my heart, squeezed and twisted it and then repaired it again. This time, its filled with love and hope. Tessa and Jacob’s story is so far from easy. You’ll get painful family secrets along the way, disagreeable characters that gets in Jacob and Tessa’s way… but all of that will be worth it. With a dash of magic and a lot of love, Summer of the Oakmoon is perfect for readers who is looking for a deep and hopeful novel.

 

 

 

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Laura Templeton lives near Athens, Georgia, with her husband, son, and a menagerie of animals. When she’s not writing, she enjoys gardening, learning to figure skate, and taking long walks on the quiet country roads near her home. Something Yellow is her debut novel, and her creative nonfiction has appeared in various publications..

 

 

 

 

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ARC REVIEW: Love, Lucas by Chantele Sedgwick

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Love, Lucas
Chantele Sedgwick
Expected publication: May 5th 2015 by Sky Pony Press
YA > Contemporary | Romance
288pages (hardcover)
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3 ★★★1/2
 
 
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A powerful story of loss, second chances, and first love, reminiscent of Sarah Dessen and John Green.
When Oakley Nelson loses her older brother, Lucas, to cancer, she thinks she’ll never recover. Between her parents’ arguing and the battle she’s fighting with depression, she feels nothing inside but a hollow emptiness. When Mom suggests they spend a few months in California with Aunt Jo, Oakley isn’t sure a change of scenery will alter anything, but she’s willing to give it a try.
In California, Oakley discovers a sort of safety and freedom in Aunt Jo’s beach house. Once they’re settled, Mom hands her a notebook full of letters addressed to her—from Lucas. As Oakley reads one each day, she realizes how much he loved her, and each letter challenges her to be better and to continue to enjoy her life. He wants her to move on.
If only it were that easy.
But then a surfer named Carson comes into her life, and Oakley is blindsided. He makes her feel again. As she lets him in, she is surprised by how much she cares for him, and that’s when things get complicated. How can she fall in love and be happy when Lucas never got the chance to do those very same things?
With her brother’s dying words as guidance, Oakley knows she must learn to listen and trust again. But will she have to leave the past behind to find happiness in the future?
 
 
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 Welcome to my stop for the Love, Lucas Tour! This book really tugged at my heartstrings. Oakley is a wonderful character and I love being inside her mind. I hope my review is enough to convince you guys to read it 🙂

 

REVIEW:

Chantele Sedgwick weaves a beautiful and heartfelt story that is perfect for every YA reader out there. A book that deals with loss and moving on.. and finding out that there are a lot of reasons for you to move forward. A truly heartbreaking but touching read.

Just like what I said from my intro, Oakley is a wonderful main character. She’s real in every way possible. For a girl her age, her reactions toward his brother’s death is truly understandable. Her feelings was thoroughly described by her that I can’t help but feel for her too. She made me tear up a lot of times. I have never experienced death of a loved one (and I don’t want to) but the way Oakley tells her feelings and her heartaches, I feel like I’m the one grieving. It really was obvious that the writing is terrific. I also loved the character growth the Oakley went through. It was really necessary and beautifully done.

The romance in here is so sweet. So innocent. Just like what you’d expect from a first love. The love interest is genuine and I really like how he played out a big part on Oakley’s healing process. And in him, Oakley finds another reason to move forward.

If there’s something I want more from this book is maybe we should’ve gotten more from his brother. The letters was great but I think the readers will appreciate Oakley and his brothers closeness if we gotten some short glimpses or maybe some flashbacks.

But all in all, Love, Lucas is one of the most genuine book I’ve ever read. The way Oakley deals with grief is so realistic and so is her feelings. Oakley will stay with you. You’ll cry with her, swoon with her and cry again with her, but this time… with happiness. Chantele Sedgwick is a brilliant writer! Her words lingers in…. and sinks in you. I cannot wait for more.

And lastly, I don’t even know if this is relevant but I still want to put it here. I saw a quote before I wrote my review of Love, Lucas and it says ‘What’s lost is painful but what’s left is powerful’ I don’t even know if the quote talks about a person but I still remembered Oakley when I read this. For people who have lost someone… hurting is good. But it’ll pass. The first step to lessen the pain? Look around. Beautiful people, places, and a future awaits you.

 

 

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Chantele Sedgwick is a YA author, harpist, wife to one and stay-at-home mom to four. She loves happy endings, Kit Kats and judging by her book shelves, buys way too many books.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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