HAPPY RELEASE DAY&REVIEW: Racing Hearts by Laura Lascarso

11
Racing Hearts (Book Two)
Laura Lascarso
Expected publication: June 30th 2015 by Leap Books, LLC

 

Purchase links:
Amazon (RH #2) | Amazon (RH #2) |

 

 

BLURB FROM GOODREADS:

 

See you at the finish line…
With the big race weeks away, eighteen-year-old Jesse Copeland struggles to keep his head in the game and his hands off his smoking hot competition. But when Brooke reveals a secret that could destroy Jesse’s family, it sends him into a tailspin of self-doubt.
Jesse must pull himself together if he hopes to have a shot at the prize money, save his home, and win the heart of the girl he loves.
Can these two competitors overcome the sins of their fathers or will a shadowed history destroy their dreams forever?

 

 

BYB_BLOGTOUR

 

 

REVIEW:

 

NOTE: This is my review of book one and two!

I always admire authors who can make a reader (especially me) emotionally invested even though the story is shorter from what they usually read. Laura Lascarso is just example of that author.

Racing Hearts is just what I’m looking for. Fast read with the right amount of steam and sweetness. The story being in Jesse’s perspective is such a win for me! Like what I said from my previous reviews, male POV’s is really rare for me to read, that’s why I’m ecstatic every time I encounter one… and enjoys it. Jesse is so dreamy I really, REALLY wish he’s real. He’s like the perfect blend of charming and alpha. Plus, he’s one of the most caring (fictional) guy I know. Yep, girls dig Jesse. And Brooke. The right mixture of smart and sexy. See why these two is perfect for each other?

Book one of Racing Hearts left you wanting for more, and Book Two will fill you up with action and steam! I really enjoyed the facts I’ve learned about car racing. Everytime our characters talks about cars, I can really feel their passion towards what they do, and that’s one of the reasons why this book is so believable and readable.

I would totally recommend Racing Hearts for readers looking for books that will sweep them off their feet. Racing Hearts is an adrenaline filled book with the right amount of hotness and heart.

 

EXCERPT:

 

“You’re back.” She smiled and swam toward him, slowing to stand in the shallow end. Her body filled out the thin fabric of her bikini in a way that forced Jesse to shift in his seat. He glanced back over his shoulder to see which Bradley might be spying on them. They appeared to be alone on the patio, for now.
“I had a revelation while you were gone, Jesse.” She reached behind her to squeeze the water out of her long blond hair. Her nipples punctuated the triangles of her bikini top and Jesse was torn between needing to cover her up and wanting to tear the flimsy material away.
He lifted his gaze to meet her eyes. Was this another of Shep’s tests? To see if he could be trusted to be alone with his daughter? Because the answer, most assuredly, was, no.
“Here I was, worried about my dad not liking you, when really I should have been worried about him liking you too much.”
“I don’t think that’s going to be a problem.” He was still rattled from their conversation. He felt like he needed another shower he’d sweat so much.
She tilted her head and gazed at him as if sizing him up. Her brothers and Shep had done the same thing earlier that evening. “So, what did you and my dad talk about?” she asked sweetly.
“Cars mostly.”
“Did my name come up?” She narrowed her eyes as if gauging his level of confidence.
“Once or twice.”
She came closer, appearing before him like a lioness about to pounce. Jesse knew they were in dangerous territory.
“Anything that should concern me?” she asked.
“He’s suspicious. But he didn’t ask me outright if you were entering the race and I didn’t offer it up.”
She chewed on her bottom lip, perhaps imagining the flavor of their conversation. “Do you think he knows about the car?”
“He didn’t mention it. He seems to think you’ve retired from racing, at the old age of 17.”
She considered this information. Jesse could see the wheels turning. “So, by your estimation, we’re good?”
  Jesse swallowed, questioning again where his loyalties should lie: with Brooke who he knew was being dishonest or with Shep, who seemed to be trying to protect his only daughter?
“For now, it seems we are.”

 

 

AUTHOR:

 

author pic 1

Website | Twitter | Facebook<

Laura Lascarso is the author of RACING HEARTS, an e-novella series, which tells the story of two star-crossed lovers set in the world of competitive car racing. Her debut YA novel COUNTING BACKWARDS, which deals with mental illness, won the Florida Book Award gold medal for YA literature in 2012. Laura lives in North Florida with her two children, darling husband and a menagerie of animals. Follow her on Twitter @lauralascarso

 

 

 

GIVEAWAY:

 

image

 

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

SNEAK-A-PEEK: We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

11
We All Looked Up
Tommy Wallach
Published March 26th 2015 by Simon & Schuster Children’s
UK
YA > Contemporary | SciFi
 
 
Purchase links:
Amazon | BN | TBD
 
 

BLURB FROM GOODREADS:

 
‘This generation’s The Stand . . . at once troubling, uplifting, scary and heart-wrenching’ Andrew Smith, author of Grasshopper Jungle
Before, we let ourselves be defined by labels – the athlete, the outcast, the slacker, the overachiever. But then we all looked up and everything changed. They said the asteroid would be here in two months. That gave us two months to leave our labels behind. Two months to become something bigger than what we’d been, something that would last even after the end. Two months to really live.
 
 [tour schedule]
 

 

 Welcome to my stop for the We All Looked Up PH tour! Check out the excerpt I have for you all and tell me what you think!! Thanks to PinoyBookTours 🙂

 

EXCERPT:

Peter idly patted the stuffed bunny, trying to remember exactly what had happened. They’d been learning about the phrase “Pyrrhic victory,” which came from Roman times and meant that you’d won something, like a battle, but in order to win, you had to lose so much that you really hadn’t won at all. Mr. McArthur asked the class if anyone could come up with some examples from real life. Nobody else was going for it, so Peter raised his hand and said that if you won a basketball game or a football game or something, but your best player got injured, that would be an example. Mr. McArthur nodded, but then he stared hard at Peter with the combined intensity of his earnest eyes and that inquisitorial forehead and said, “What about if you were a big sports star, and you made loads of money, and you bought big houses and you drove fast cars, but when your time in the limelight was over, you ended up unhappy because you didn’t know what the point of your life had been? Would that be a Pyrrhic victory?”

He’d let the question hang out there, like some big old rainbow of a three-pointer. And then Andy Rowen said, “I’d take it anyway,” and the whole class laughed and they moved on to Caesar.

But Peter couldn’t help thinking that Mr. McArthur was probably right: It would be a Pyrrhic victory. Because when the golden days were over, and you were lying on your deathbed, watching the instant replay of your life, wouldn’t it be pretty depressing to think you’d wasted your best years playing a game?

That was the thought that had plagued Peter for the last six hours, though he didn’t quite know how to put it into words. Thankfully, Mr. McArthur finally came to his rescue.

“Peter, I’m sorry if it seemed like I was criticizing you today. I like you. And I’ve seen a lot of popular kids go through this school. The ones at the top of the pile, I mean. Most of them let it go to their heads, but I don’t think you do.”

Flattery embarrassed Peter; he looked over toward the wall, where an empty Advent calendar still hung, open windows counting down the days until Christmas. He’d expected a lecture from Mr. -McArthur, not a recitation of his good qualities. “I guess.”

“Most kids wouldn’t have given a second thought to what I said. So why do you think it’s made such an impression on you?”

“I don’t know.”

“Okay. Then let me ask you this—what is it that makes a book really good?”

“I don’t really read that much. Outside of homework, I mean.”

“Then I’ll tell you. The best books, they don’t talk about things you never thought about before. They talk about things you’d always thought about, but that you didn’t think anyone else had thought about. You read them, and suddenly you’re a little bit less alone in the world. You’re part of this cosmic community of people who’ve thought about this thing, whatever it happens to be. I think that’s what happened to you today. This fear, of squandering your future, was already on your mind. I just underlined it for you.”

Something inside Peter thrummed along with this explanation. “Maybe.”

“It’s a good thing, Peter, to worry about having a meaningful life. Are you at all religious?”

“I guess so. I mean, I believe in God and stuff.”

“That’s some of it, then. Religion is all about making meaning for yourself. And you’ll have to excuse me if this is too personal, but have you ever lost someone? Someone close to you, I mean.”

“Yeah,” Peter said, a little awed by Mr. McArthur’s intuition. “My older brother, a couple years ago. Why?”

“My father died when I was very young. It forced me to confront things that many of my peers had the luxury of ignoring. The big questions. Does that sound familiar?”

“I’m not sure.”

Mr. McArthur left some space in the conversation, waiting to see if Peter would say more, then shrugged his caterpillar eyebrows. “My point, Peter, is that you’re one of those people who’ve been blessed not only with talent, but with self-awareness. And that means you get to choose what you want to do with your life, instead of life choosing for you. But having that power, the power to choose, can be a double-¬edged sword. Because you can choose wrong.”

“How do you know if you’re choosing wrong?”

“You tell me. Do you think it’s better to fail at something worthwhile, or to succeed at something meaningless?”

Peter answered before he realized what he was saying. “To fail at something worthwhile.” The implications of his answer hit him like an elbow to the sternum.

Mr. McArthur laughed. “You look positively tragic!”

“Well, you’re saying I should stop doing the only thing I’ve ever been great at.”

“No. I’m not saying stop. I’m saying evaluate. I’m saying choose. You can ignore everything I said today if you want.”

“Can I?”

“I suppose that depends on what kind of man you want to be.” Mr. McArthur stood up and put out a hand. “I’m sure you’ll figure it out. Come talk to me anytime.”

 

AUTHOR:

 

Website | Twitter 

 

Tommy Wallach is a Brooklyn-based writer and musician. His first novel, We All Looked Up, will be published by Simon and Schuster in April 2015. His work has appeared in many nice magazines, such as McSweeney’s, Tin House, and Wired. He has released an EP with Decca Records, and will be independently putting out an LP in Spring 2014. He also makes music videos, including one that was exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum. You should buy him dinner.

 

 

TOUR HOST:

 

Pinoy BOOK TOURS

Paula

GUEST POST: ‘character profiles’, Darkhaven by A.F.E. Smith

11

Darkhaven

A.F.E. Smith

Expected publication: July 2nd 2015 by HarperVoyager

YA > Contemporary | Fantasy

 

Purchase links:

Amazon | BN | Google Play | iBooks | Kobo

 

 

BLURB FROM GOODREADS:

 

Ayla Nightshade never wanted to rule Darkhaven. But her half-brother Myrren – true heir to the throne – hasn’t inherited their family gift, forcing her to take his place.

When this gift leads to Ayla being accused of killing her father, Myrren is the only one to believe her innocent. Does something more sinister than the power to shapeshift lie at the heart of the Nightshade family line?

Now on the run, Ayla must fight to clear her name if she is ever to wear the crown she never wanted and be allowed to return to the home she has always loved.

 

 Marry Me Charlotte B Banner

 [tour schedule]

 

 


I’m so excited to share the characters in A.F.E. Smith’s latest novel, DARKHAVEN! Doesn’t it make you excited to get your hands on the book even more!? Don’t forget to share your thoughts and enter the giveaway!!


 

 

GUEST POST:

 

Many thanks to Paula for welcoming me to her blog! I’m here to introduce you to some of the main characters in my new book, Darkhaven. Well, I say I’m going to introduce you – it looks like they’re going to introduce themselves. So here they are 🙂

 

image

image

image

image

 

 

AUTHOR:

 

Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook

 

A.F.E. Smith is an editor of academic texts by day and a fantasy writer by night. So far, she hasn’t mixed up the two. She lives with her husband and their two young children in a house that someone built to be as creaky as possible – getting to bed without waking the baby is like crossing a nightingale floor. Though she doesn’t have much spare time, she makes space for reading, mainly by not getting enough sleep (she’s powered by chocolate). Her physical bookshelves were stacked two deep long ago, so now she’s busy filling up her e-reader.

What A.F.E. stands for is a closely guarded secret, but you might get it out of her if you offer her enough snacks.

 

 

 

GIVEAWAY:

 

Letter of the day for the scavenger hunt!!

image

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Paula

ARC REVIEW&PLAYLIST: The Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen

11

The Revenge Playbook

Rachael Allen

Published June 16th 2015 by HarperTeen

YA > Romance | Realistic fiction

368pages (kindle edition)

arc via publisher

 

 

4 ★★★★

 

 

 

Purchase links:

Amazon | BN | TBDKobo

 

 

BLURB FROM GOODREADS:

 

In this poignant and hilarious novel, Rachael Allen brilliantly explores the nuances of high school hierarchies, the traumas sustained on the path to finding true love, and the joy of discovering a friend where you least expect.

Don’t get mad, get even!

In the small town of Ranburne, high school football rules and the players are treated like kings. How they treat the girls they go to school with? That’s a completely different story. Liv, Peyton, Melanie Jane, and Ana each have their own reason for wanting to teach the team a lesson—but it’s only when circumstances bring them together that they come up with the plan to steal the one thing the boys hold sacred. All they have to do is beat them at their own game.

Brimming with sharp observations and pitch-perfect teen voices, fans of Jenny Han and Sarah Mlynowski are sure to fall head-over-heels for this sharp tale—by the author of 17 First Kisses—about the unexpected roads that can lead you to finding yourself.

 

 

BYB_BLOGTOUR

[tour schedule]

 

REVIEW:

 

 

description

GIRL POWER YASSSSS

I can’t remember the last time I fangirled this hard over a book. The Revenge Playbook screams ‘I’m a girl and I LOVE IT!’ This book has lots of elements that made it such a great awesome read and Rachael Allen is all kinds of amazing because of that. I don’t know why I still haven’t read Rachael’s 17 first kisses but I’m sure gonna fix that soon. If this is how excellent she writes, and this is how great her plotlines are… then I will surely LOVE IT.

The characters in this book are golden. Each and every one of them. And I like how un-cliche they are and how each of the girls represent a type of girl in this world. I mean, I’m totally LIV. And sad to say, I’m also one of those girls who is affected by the Swift-Cyrus phenomenon (you’ll understand this when you read the book) Its amazing how different kind of girls can get along because of one ultimate goal. I’m telling you people, GIRLS ARE GENIUSES ATTRACTIVE HUMAN BEINGS THAT CAN REALLY RULE THE WORLD IF THEY WANTED TO. That is a fact! I can’t pick a favorite or the best character because each of them are written in amazing way. Even the guys! They’re far from perfect, which is why they’re so real.

I cannot even explain the amount of swoony moments this book have and HEY, I’M NOT COMPLAINING! I did not only swooned over the relationships, but also over the friendships. Friendships that is totally written in the most realistic way!

The Revenge Playbook is such a gem that you won’t stop recommending to everyone. It was fun and light and swoony but also provocative. You’ll feel empowered and warm fuzzy feelings will just took over your body. There’s a lot of message and poignant topics that was tackled in this book and Rachael Allen did it in the most epic way!

 

 

PLAYLIST:

 

With the help of my peeps over at Twitter, I compiled a list of Taylor Swift songs that would be perfect for this wonderful novel (Shoutout to you all!)

 

Bad Blood

– If I would choose an OST, this would be the one. Just like the book, theres something so empowering about this song. And for some reason, it screams GIRL POWER! 

 

You Are In Love

– Uhm, it wouldn’t be right if I won’t dedicate a song to my favorite couple ever. I just really, REALLY, love how Melanie Jean’s relationship with Michael happened. You know that book couple that you root for from the very start? Yes, its them!

 

All You Had To Was Stay

– I love the four of them individually and especially when they’re together. But I’ll dedicate this song to Ana and MelJean only. Their friendship was tested and went through the toughest time and I just adore how they survived it.

 

I Wish You Would/I Know Places

– Well of course! Just because Michael and MelJean is my favorite doesn’t mean Liv and her man will be ignored. The guy just melted my (and Liv’s) heart, he deserves a song(s)!!

 

Out of The Woods

– Out of all mg OTP’s in this book, Peyton and Ray is the one I feel so deprived of. I want more of them. And everytime I listen to this song, I can’t help but have all the PeyRay feels. Quiet. But leaves an impact.

 

 

AUTHOR:

 

Rachael

Website | Twitter 

Rachael Allen lives in Atlanta, GA where she’s working furiously on her PhD in neuroscience. When she’s not doing science or writing YA, you can find her chasing after her toddler and her two sled dogs. Her debut YA novel 17 FIRST KISSES, is forthcoming from Harper Teen. Rachael may or may not have had 17 first kisses…luckily she doesn’t kiss and tell.

 

 

 

GIVEAWAY:

 

giveaway

 

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

HOSTED BY:

 

FFBC Book Tours

BOOK SPOTLIGHT&SNEAK-A-PEEK: The Six by Mark Alpert + Giveaway!!

111

The Six
Mark Alpert
Expected publication: July 7th 2015 by Sourcebooks Fire
368 pages (Hardcover)
YA > SciFi
 
 
 
Purchase links:
Amazon | Apple| B&N | BAM | !ndigoIndieBound | KindleNook
 
 

BLURB FROM GOODREADS:

 
To save humanity, they must give up their own.
Adam’s muscular dystrophy has stolen his mobility, his friends, and in a few short years, it will take his life. Virtual reality games are Adam’s only escape from his wheelchair. In his alternate world, he can defeat anyone. Running, jumping, scoring touchdowns: Adam is always the hero.
Then an artificial intelligence program, Sigma, hacks into Adam’s game. Created by Adam’s computer-genius father, Sigma has gone rogue, threatening Adam’s life-and world domination. Their one chance to stop Sigma is using technology Adam’s dad developed to digitally preserve the mind of his dying son.
Along with a select group of other terminally ill teens, Adam becomes one of the Six who have forfeited their bodies to inhabit weaponized robots. But with time running short, the Six must learn to manipulate their new mechanical forms and work together to train for epic combat…before Sigma destroys humanity.
 
 

 

 


I have a treat for you all today. Check out this sneak peek from Mark Alpert’s latest novel, THE SIX! Tell me what you think! And don’t forget that Sourcebooks Fire is giving away a finished copy of the book below and some awesome stuff!


 

 

EXCERPT

 

Shannon rears back in her seat as if she’s been slapped. “And where are you going to store the copies of our brains?” Her voice is furious. “In a supercomputer? A big electronic prison?”
Dad doesn’t take offense. He answers her calmly. “The scanning process converts human intelligence to a digital form, allowing it to run on any neuromorphic computer that has enough memory and processing power. But in the initial stage right after the transfer, we believe it’s important to connect the intelligence to a machine that can move around and sense the outside world. A human intelligence is accustomed to controlling a body, so if we want to preserve its sanity, we’d better give it something to control. Here, let me show you.”
He puts the vial of nanoprobes back in his pocket and pulls out something else, a small remote–control device. He points it at the doorway beside the stage, and a moment later I hear a loud clanking. The noise startles the soldiers standing by the doorway. They step backward, flattening themselves against the wall. Then a seven–foot–tall robot emerges from the doorway and brushes past them.
The robot strides across the stage. It has two arms and two legs, but otherwise it isn’t very humanlike. It has no head or neck. Its torso is shaped like a giant bullet, with the rounded end on top. Its legs angle downward from the base of its torso and rest on oval steel–plate footpads that clang against the floor.
The machine marches briskly past the podium and stops in front of my dad, who presses a button on his remote control. This command extends the robot’s arms, which telescope to a full length of six feet. They look like multi–jointed tentacles. The machine’s hands, though, resemble human hands, with dexterous mechanical fingers and thumbs.
Dad presses another button, and the robot’s rounded top starts to turn like a turret. “The cameras and acoustic sensors are up here,” Dad says, pointing at the top end. “But the neuromorphic electronics are deep inside the torso, encased in armor plating. These robots were originally designed for the war in Afghanistan, so they’re pretty sturdy.” He raps his knuckles against the torso. “All in all, it’s an excellent platform for a newly transferred intelligence, but really it’s just the beginning. The whole point of the Pioneer Project is to bridge the gap between man and machine, and that means the human intelligences must explore their new environment. The Pioneers will have to learn how to use their new capabilities, and that includes transferring their intelligences from one machine to another.”
His voice grows louder again, full of enthusiasm. “Once the Pioneers have mastered these tasks, our hope is that they’ll be able to establish a connection with Sigma. If all goes well, they’ll start communicating with the AI before it launches any of the Russian missiles. And then the toughest challenge will begin. At the same time that the humans are learning how to be machines, they’ll have to teach Sigma how to be human.”

 

 

 AUTHOR:

 

Mark Alpert
Mark Alpert
Website | Twitter | Facebook

 

Mark Alpert is a former editor at Scientific American, and the author of several adult thrillers. He’s been praised by Douglas Preston as the “heir to Michael Crichton.” Visit Mark online at markalpert.com.

 

 

 

 

GIVEAWAY:

 

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

HOSTED BY:

Sourcebooks Fire