GUEST POST: Falling for Shakespeare by Erin Butler


Falling for Shakespeare

Erin Butler

Published September 8th 2015 by Swoon Romance

YA > Romance | Realistic Fiction



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Katie thought she knew where her life was going. She was dating the captain of the football team, had a BFF for life, and everyone at school wanted to be her. But then her pregnant teen sister’s pregnancy changes all that. Everyone dumps her, including her friends and boyfriend.

Hey, Katie, welcome to life at the bottom of the high school food chain. This is how the other half lives.

Then there’s Nick. He’s a straight-A student and self-professed geek who’s had a thing for her since middle school. He needs a date for the winter formal, and Katie needs something to keep her busy. Nick’s plight becomes her personal pet project. She will help him get over his insecurities and get a date. Besides, she was popular once. She knows how to get dates.

But Nick has other plans. He’s going to use these “dating” lessons as a way to win Katie’s heart.





Character profiles

Introducing Nic!

Any The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones the movie fans out there? I pictured Nic like Simon Lewis (played by Robert Sheehan in the film). He’s got that quirky, nerdy thing going on.

Nice, right?

Age: 16
Likes: Video games, science, poetry, sci-fi books
Hates: What Reese Barnes stands for, muscle-head jocks who always get the girl, not being able to find the perfect word when I want it, injustice
Sweetest thing ever done for a girl: Told my parents I needed a new graphing calculator so I could buy Katie the dress of her dreams.

Introducing Katie!

I loved writing Katie’s character because I’m into underdogs but also, there’s this extra layer to her as a reformed mean girl. It just makes her so unique. So, of course, I pictured my favorite (and magically awesome) brunette for Katie: Emma Watson.

Age: 16
Likes: Coffee, my niece (for short periods of time), jotting down things in my notebook, and glasses ;).
Hates: Reese Barnes, prima-bitches, and people who don’t check facts.
Sweetest thing ever done for a boy: Hmm…I’d say dating lessons but that was an epic failure!





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Erin Butler is lucky enough to have two jobs she truly loves. As a librarian, she gets to work with books all day long, and as an author, Erin uses her active imagination to writethe kinds of books she loves to read. Young Adult and New Adult books are her favorites, but she especially fangirls over a sigh-worthy romance.She lives in Central New York with her very understanding husband, a stepson, and doggie BFF, Maxie. Preferring to spend her time indoors reading or writing, she’ll only willinglygo outside for chocolate and sunshine—in that order.Erin is the author of BLOOD HEX, a YA paranormal novel, and the forthcoming contemporary romance titles, HOW WE LIVED and FINDING MR. DARCY: HIGH SCHOOL EDITION. You can visit heronline at






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AUTHOR INTERVIEW: The Next Together by Lauren James


The Next Together

Lauren James

Published September 3rd 2015 by Walker

YA > Romance | Time Travel



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How many times can you lose the person you love?

 Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again, century after century. Each time, their presence changes history for the better, and each time, they fall hopelessly in love, only to be tragically separated.

 Spanning the Crimean War, the Siege of Carlisle and the near-future of 2019 and 2039 they find themselves sacrificing their lives to save the world. But why do they keep coming back? What else must they achieve before they can be left to live and love in peace?

 Maybe the next together will be different…

 A powerful and epic debut novel for teenagers about time-travel, fate and the timelessness of first love. The Next Together is told through a mixture of regular prose, diary entries, letters, “original” historical documents, news reports and internet articles.




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Hi Lauren!! Thanks for stopping by on the blog!! We’re so excited! To start off, can you tell us a little bit about yourself? 🙂

Hi! I’m 22, and during my final year of university I got a book deal! I wasn’t really expecting to be a proper writer, as I only ever wrote as a hobby, so now I’m taking a gap year while I work on being a proper author. My first novel is coming out in September with Walker!

Your debut novel, The Next Together has one of the most intriguing and unique synopsis we have ever read, we’re really curious on how did this idea came to you. Can you share how did the whole concept of the book materialized in your head? 🙂

Thank you! I’ve always had the idea of a couple being reincarnated in my head, since I was about fourteen or fifteen. It kind of grew from that seed over the years until I started writing the book!

How would you introduce your main characters, Katherine and Matthew to us? Did you have a particular muse for them?

Kate is very bossy and confident, and Matt is a little more shy and contemplative. He’s also completely in awe of Kate. I’m really interested in the idea of nature versus nurture- that the environment you are raised in changes you as a person. Every version of Kate and Matt in the different lives varies a little bit, based on the time period. Hopefully that comes across in the book!

Is this the genre you originally want to write? What other genre would you like to try in the future?

The Next Together is ridiculously every genre, almost. It’s a historical drama, a conspiracy theory thriller, a science fiction adventure, and plenty more besides! I think I’m always going to write a variety of different genres, because I’d probably get bored otherwise!

The title and the cover of the book is really eye catching, how did you decide it? And will you change anything if you could?

I left it all up to my wonderful cover designer, Jack Noel, and he came up with the best cover I could have ever hoped for. I did have a bit of input, as I didn’t want a photograph of any models on the cover. I like to imagine characters in my head without pictures! Luckily the cover Jack came up with has silhouettes instead of pictures, and it’s absolutely perfect!

What is the hardest thing you ever did while writing The Next Together? Can you share a bit of your experience?


I think the historical research was the toughest! I spent a lot of time reading old books and diaries and making endless notes. It was definitely worth it though – I hope it adds more realism to the time periods.

What will readers expect from the romance aspect in this book?

Oooh! What an excellent question! I think the best answer to this is to tell you that my editor once told me there was too much kissing, and I had to cut some out! Hopefully there’s still lots of kissing, but not too much.

Are you working on something new already? Do you have a WIP that you can tell us about? 🙂

I’ve just finished the sequel to The Next Together, which is going to be called The Last Beginning. I’m really, really happy with it at the minute….but that’s all I’m going to tell you about it for now, because I don’t want to spoil the first book!

Lastly, what’s your three current YA favorites?

Everything Leads to You by Nina La Cour, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, and The Accident Season by Moira Fowley Doyle.









Lauren James is a scientist by day, writer by early hours of the morning. She graduated in 2014 with a first class Masters degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Nottingham, where she studied Chemistry and Physics. 

She now lives in the village of Berkswell in the UK.

You can find her on Twitter at @Lauren_E_James, which she mainly uses to fancast actors as her characters and panic about all of the overly ambitious plans she has for her PhD, or her website at 

She likes strong, intelligent women, Dylan O’Brien, and things with plants on them. These are her favourite books:









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ARC REVIEW: Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Finding Audrey
Sophie Kinsella
Published June 4th 2015 by Delacorte Books For Young Readers
YA >  Contemporary
288 pages
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An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.



Finding Audrey is the story of Audrey Turner, who suffers from Social Anxiety Disorder, among a host of other things that make her wary of strangers and absolutely unable to interact with anyone outside of her family members. With them, she is pretty much normal, but communicating with a stranger is just not something that’s possible for her. And very, very soon into the book, we learn that Audrey is pretty much okay with that. Worse, I got the feeling that she was kind of content with that.

The entirety of the novel explores Audrey’s changing psyche, her slow and steady progress into healing and learning to overcome her problem. We see Audrey’s interactions with her family and her psychiatrist and we see her interactions with a certain boy, Linus.

Audrey was witty and real. She wasn’t some glorified version of a glamorous problem, she was a patient who was comfortable with her disease, had accepted it. I don’t blame her for it, but the fact that she was learning to deal with her problem instead of trying to move forward bothered me quite a bit. But the best part about Audrey is that I loved her despite all her issues. Never once did I feel like there was something that was beyond me, something that I couldn’t understand about Audrey. Her habit of thinking—even talking—in a way that made me laugh (okay even made me cry, shut up) was amazing!

The one thing—the only thing I didn’t like about this book was the fact that Audrey couldn’t—wouldn’t—understand her mother. Now, Audrey’s mother was a bit…different. Not in a bad way, just that she got obsessed about things. Quickly. And Audrey found it funny. So did her dad. So did her brother. It was awful.

Her mother was protective and loving and it was disgusting to see that the entire family just passed it off as her being crazy. I didn’t like that at all and it annoyed me to no end to see the father of the family react like his wife was screwed up in the head. Yes, she got a bit obsessed sometimes, and yes, she got borderline paranoid about small, trivial issues but God the way they treated her was not right. AT ALL.

We also see Frank, Audrey’s older, video-game obsessed brother, and Felix, her younger, adorable brother. I saw a lot of Audrey in Frank and frankly, it was the first time in a book that I could say that two characters could be real siblings IRL. Linus was Frank’s friend and Audrey’s “love interest.” He was a nice enough character, I guess, but he wasn’t someone that I’d really want to think of as a love interest. Audrey was 14, dudes, and that really is not time to be declaring everlasting love at all. Maybe it’s just me, but had Linus been introduced as a friend or maybe even just a crush, that would have much, much better.

All in all, I’d say if you know that the book deals with social anxiety issues in a humorous way and if you’re okay with the issues I’ve written about above, then you should have a great time reading the book. It’s humorous and makes you think, but it also deals with bullying and being bullied and rising above that kind of hate.


ARC REVIEW: A Sweet Possibility (Archer Cove #2) by Natalie Charles


A Sweet Possibility (Archer Cove Book 2)

Natalie Charles

Published August 18th 2015 by Cranberry Press

A > Contemporary | Romance



4 ★★★★


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Life tastes better with chocolate…

All baker Jessica Mallory wants is a modest thigh gap. And her own chocolate shop. And to marry Quinn Rogerson, the man of her dreams. Too bad Quinn just dumped her, leaving her on her front steps in a hideous chartreuse dress. Now, Jessie clings to one hope: she can win Quinn back, if only she can become the woman he’s looking for.

Enter Nate Lancaster, Quinn’s hot best friend and a personal trainer. If anyone can whip Jessie’s soft form into jaw-dropping shape, it’s him. Good thing Jessie and Nate are in that safe “just friends” category. Otherwise, things could get complicated – fast.

For Nate, it was love at first sight. But Jessie’s got her gaze fixed squarely on Quinn. Still, Nate can’t pass up the chance to help Jessie with her self-improvement plan, even if she’s got another man in mind. After all, minds can be changed, and Nate’s never shied from a challenge…




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 This really was sweet. So sweet that I think I got cavities, and I’m not even complaining. I was under the impression that this is a standalone but it turns out that A Sweet Possibility is actually a second book in a series. Good thing that you can read this book as a standalone, you won’t get lost or encounter any problems just because you haven’t read the first book yet. Which I will read by the way.

 A Sweet Possibility is such a simple yet incredibly swoony worthy experience. I laughed, I cried (both sad and happy tears) and my heart was absolutely touched. Natalie just weaved a story that will surely make us all realize that not all endings (especially relationship-wise) doesn’t mean sadness and devastation but it also means, new beginning. And that’s what’s important.

 Jessica just got dumped. And she thought that was all her fault. Honestly ladies, who can not relate to this woman? I get that some readers may get annoyed by Jessica because of her attitude but the truth is, WE are HER. Her insecurities, her dreams, her desire to make something of herself… don’t lie that you haven’t been through that road. Jessica is such an amazing flawed character. She’s quirky, she makes bad choices, kinda dense when it comes to others feeling and most importantly, she’s real. Throughout the books she wants nothing but to change herself. And here comes our gorgeous and totally sigh worthy hero, Nate.

 Nate is… wow okay, how do I explain Nate? Nate is that guy who makes an amazing impression from the first time you met him. Not because he’s a personal trainer so because of that he has a great physique (though that helps) but its because he’s down to earth, very easy going and he have his way of making you smile when you’re having a conversation with him.

 Now I know you’re wondering, these two are perfect for each other.. what’s the problem? I’ll tell you what: A LOT.

 I love that Natalie made her characters went to a process. I mean, sure, one of them is already in love with the other but Natalie took her time and didn’t rush the both of them. Readers was kept on their toes and every page were devoured because of the anticipation. I really just breezed through because of Nate and Jessica’s witty banter. Another thing to be admired about A Sweet Possibility is that its not all about the romance. Jessica’s character growth was highlighted and I’m just so happy that I get to witness that.

 Are you craving for a fun, sweet and meaningful romance? A Sweet Possibility will satisfy your need.






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The happy sufferer of a lifelong addiction to mystery novels, Natalie has, sadly, yet to out-sleuth a detective. She has worked as an attorney, a playground supervisor, and a makeup sales clerk, but not in that order. She lives in Connecticut with a husband who makes her believe in Happily Ever After and two children who make her believe in miracles.










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SNEAK-A-PEEK: The Foxglove Killings by Tara Kelly + Giveaway!!

The Foxglove Killings
Tara Kelly
Expected publication: September 1st 2015 by Entangled Teen
YA > Mystery| Thriller

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Gramps always said that when the crickets were quiet, something bad was coming. And the crickets have been as silent as the dead. It started with the murdered deer in the playground with the unmistakable purple of a foxglove in its mouth. But in the dying boondock town of Emerald Cove, life goes on.
I work at Gramps’s diner, and the cakes―the entitled rich kids who vacation here―make our lives hell. My best friend, Alex Pace, is the one person who gets me. Only Alex has changed. He’s almost like a stranger now. I can’t figure it out…or why I’m having distinctly more-than-friend feelings for him. Ones I shouldn’t be having.
Then one of the cakes disappears.
When she turns up murdered, a foxglove in her mouth, a rumor goes around that Alex was the last person seen with her—and everyone but me believes it. Well, everyone except my worst enemy, Jenika Shaw. When Alex goes missing, it’s up to us to prove his innocence and uncover the true killer. But the truth will shatter everything I’ve ever known about myself — and Alex.
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“Miserable people are gonna find misery, Angela,” Gramps said to her.
“There’s no point in rolling over and playing dead.” He nodded at me. “Tell that boy to go stick it and be done with it.”
Dad.” Mom pulled the jaw clip from her bun, letting her dark hair unravel down her back. “If you had your way, this would be a saloon.”
Gramps poured pancake batter into a pan and shrugged.
“What’s wrong with that?
“I could wear my wooly chaps.”
Mom rolled her eyes at me. “I thought I burned those.”




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Tara Kelly adores variety in her life. She’s an author, one-girl-band, graphic designer, editor, and photographer. She lives in Sin City with her beloved guitars, sound design master husband, and a fluffy cat named Maestro.




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