What’s Broken Between Us by Alexis Bass: Blog Tour

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What's Broken Between Us

What’s Broken Between Us by Alexis Bass

To be published HarperCollins December 29

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Format: I received an eARC copy of this book from Edelweiss and Fantastic Flying Book Club in exchange for review consideration. All the content of this review and opinions are my own.

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Alexis Bass’s heartbreakingly beautiful second novel is a tale of love, loss, and learning to forgive.

Look to the left, look to the right. We’re all going to die. But someone has to do it first. So who’s it going to be?

Tragedy struck Amanda Tart’s town a year and a half ago when a sophomore girl was killed in a car accident on graduation night.

Amanda’s brother, Jonathan, was behind the wheel and too drunk to drive. He’s spent the past year in prison and has cut off all ties. But now Jonathan is coming home. Just as Amanda’s trying to figure out what that means for her family and herself, she’s paired up for a school project with Henry Crane—a former crush, and brother of Jonathan’s ex-girlfriend, who survived the crash with horrible injuries.

Everyone is still incredibly damaged by the events of that night. Can Amanda and Henry finally begin to heal what’s broken and find some peace?

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Don’t we all just love a book with complex characters and a unique plot? That is exactly what What’s Broken Between Us by Alexis Bass has to offer.

I have never read her first book, but I knew she was a contemporary author from popping up on other people’s blogs as her debut came out. This synopsis reminds me a lot of books by Katie Cutogno, who I really love, for their complicated plots and sometimes uneasy characters. Are they in the right? Or are they wrong? Probably, they are somewhere in the middle like most people really are. This situation provides a great example for that – Jonathan was driving drunk and killed his girlfriend and his best friend. For that, he was sent to jail and has just been released. Instead of focusing on Jonathan, instead we focus on his sister, Amanda. I really liked having a slightly different point of view of a family member. Often in young adult, there are not too many family perspectives or how tragedy really expands outward to affect lots of different people in the family. This book was able to focus on that with a unique perspective from Amanda. She pairs up with Henry for a project, who is also a huge part of the family relationships that are featured within this book. Henry’s sister died in the car crash that Jonathan caused and this is yet another aspect of the family relationships.

Both Amanda and Jonathan are complete messes, and understandably so, but I did find it a little hard to connect with them. The characters are really the most important part of the YA contemporary, but I was left unattached from them as the book and the situation continued to develop. I also wasn’t a giant fan of the romance amongst everything else that was happening. It felt a little distracting from the other parts that I was more interested in, like the family relationships and the relationship between Amanda and Jonathan. However, the writing was really beautiful and you can tell from the quote down below and the excerpt!

Overall, this is a really hard book to tackle and discuss. There are lots of different aspects to this book and I would really suggest it if you are a fan of morally complex YA contemporaries.

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Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel Blog Tour and Giveaway

Today, I am very happy to host the author of Revolution of Ivy, the second book in this duology. I reviewed this first book earlier this year and now, the second book has just been released!

The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy #1) by Amy Engel
Release Date: 11/04/14
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Summary from Goodreads: After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual.

This year, it is my turn.

My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president’s son—my soon-to-be husband—and restore the Westfall family to power.

But Bishop Lattimer is either a very skilled actor or he’s not the cruel, heartless boy my family warned me to expect. He might even be the one person in this world who truly understands me. But there is no escape from my fate. I am the only one who can restore the Westfall legacy.

Because Bishop must die. And I must be the one to kill him…

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Amy Engel was born in Kansas and after a childhood spent bouncing between countries (Iran, Taiwan) and states (Kansas; California; Missouri; Washington, D.C.), she settled in Kansas City, Missouri, where she lives with her husband and two kids. Before devoting herself full-time to motherhood and writing, she was a criminal defense attorney, which is not quite as exciting as it looks on TV. When she has a free moment, she can usually be found reading, running, or shoe shopping. The Book of Ivy is her debut novel. Find her online at http://amyengel.net or @aengelwrites.
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Now, Amy Engel has written a guest post for y’all! Here’s her top five reasons that Bishop is swoon-worthy.

Ah, Bishop…that guy gets me every time. I definitely have a serious soft spot for him and hopefully readers do, too. I could probably wax poetic about him all day, but I’ll limit myself to the top five reasons he’s swoon-worthy.

  1. He doesn’t try to change Ivy: That’s not to say that Bishop doesn’t want Ivy to think for herself rather than believing inher father blindly. But Bishop doesn’t mind Ivy’s impulsiveness orher sometimes prickly personality. He’s patient enough to wait her out and smart enough to know that Ivy needs to trust him completely before she can love him.
  2. He’s patient, but he’s not a pushover: Bishop is willing to give Ivy the time she needs, over and over again, but there is always a point at which he is going to take a stand. And once he does, he’s not going to budge.
  3. Bishop’s love is steady:It doesn’t waver when things get tough or when it might be easier to give up. Bishop isn’t the kind of guy who is going to sing love songs to Ivy or run around telling the whole word that he adores her, but he shows his feelings in the way he treats her and the way he believes in her.
  4. Bishop is a genuinely good person:He sometimes makes tough choices, but always for the right reason. He’s very self-aware and constantly thinks about the consequences of what he does, both for himself and for others. He would do anything for the people he loves.
  5. Bishop balances knowing he’s attractive without preening: You may think I’m nuts, but for me, Bishop’s looks may actually be the least swoon-worthy thing about him. It’s more his reaction to his own looks that’s swoon-worthy. He’s incredibly good looking, but his handsomeness doesn’t mean much to him. He’s not unaware of his appeal, however; he knows what people see when they look at him. But he never pays attention to his own handsomeness or tries to use ittoget what he wants. There’s something incredibly compelling about someone who lives comfortably in their own gorgeous skin without ever preening or, on the other extreme, down-playing. Bishop’s response to his looks is a metaphorical shrug, and that makes him even hotter.

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Now, here is a little about the sequel, The Revolution of Ivy! Spoilers are beneath the cut.

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Poet Anderson…Of Nightmares Blog Tour and Giveaway

Hello everyone! Today, I am here to share with you a very exciting new release.

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Poet Anderson ...Of Nightmares

Poet Anderson…Of Nightmares by Tom Delonge and Suzanne Young

Published October 6 2015

From the critically acclaimed transmedia project Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker, comes one of the most anticipated collaborations in YA literature this year: a thrilling, edge of your seat story written by award-winning musician, producer and director Tom DeLonge and New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Young.

Poet Anderson…Of Nightmares follows the epic journey of two orphan brothers, Jonas and Alan, who are Lucid Dreamers. After a tragic car accident lands Alan in a coma, Jonas sets out into the Dream World in an attempt to find his brother and wake him up. What he discovers instead is an entire shared consciousness where fear comes to life as a snarling beast called a Night Terror, and a creature named REM is bent on destruction and misery, devouring the souls of the strongest dreamers to get closer to the Waking World. With the help of a Dream Walker—a guardian of the dreamscape, Jonas must face his fears, save his brother, and become who he was always meant to be: Poet Anderson.

Links: Goodreads, To the Stars, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, The Book Depository, Indiebound 

There are also two really cool book trailers for this novel:

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About the authors:

tomTom DeLonge is an award-winning American musician, producer and director best known as the lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter for the platinum selling rock bands Blink-182 and Angels & Airwaves. His home is San Diego, where he focuses on creating entertainment properties that bridge music, narrative and film through his multimedia company To The Stars. For the full experience of Tom’s work, visit www.tothestars.media. You can follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

suzanneSuzanne Young is the New York Times bestselling author of The Program series. Originally from Utica, New York, Suzanne moved to Arizona to pursue her dream of not freezing to death. She is a novelist and an English teacher, but not always in that order. Suzanne is the author of THE PROGRAM, THE TREATMENT, THE REMEDY, and HOTEL RUBY. You can follow her blog, Twitter, and Instagram.

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BFF Blog Hop: Blogger Interview

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Hello everyone! Welcome to my stop on the Blog Friends Forever Tour! This is hosted by Fiction Fare and Swoony Boys Podcast, so you should go check them out for being such AMAZING hosts.

Today, I am lucky enough to host an interview with one of my best blogger friends, Stefani from Caught Read Handed. She is a young adult book blogger and a librarian with great recommendations. Let’s get into the questions:

1. What is your favorite book you have read in 2015 so far?
This is pretty much the hardest question ever! But I’m going to go with Mosquitoland by David Arnold. I’ve actually already read it for the first time AND reread it this year. It’s incredible.
2. How has book blogging changed your reading habits?
I was just telling someone how blogging has made me much more aware of new titles and debut authors. Before blogging, I’d just hit up the bookstore and browse the shelves until I found something I loved. Now? I know about books coming out in 2017!
3. Do you have any fun book blogging related experiences to share?
How about Twitter experiences? It kind of has to do with my blog. At the Decatur Book Festival at the beginning of September, I was recognized by at least three authors from my Twitter profile and picture. THAT was super cool!
4. What is your favorite book cover?
Another HARD question! I can’t pick one, so here’s three: I love the covers for It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini, The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan (the UK and US one!), and Made You Up by Francesca Zappia. Those were the first three that came to mind, but there are so many beautiful covers out there, it’s hard to pick a favorite.
5. Tell us a little about your blog – what are your favorite types of posts to write, what inspired your blog name, etc.
I kind of enjoy everything – from reviews to Top Ten Tuesday to discussion posts. I’m trying to do more discussion posts on my blog as I really love the conversations they can start. My blog came out of a desperate need for something to occupy my time and keep my sanity and the name came from my love of words and puns. 🙂
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Our entire blog tour is hosting three giveaways. The winners will get a $75, $50, and $25 gift card for their favorite book retailer! You can enter here.
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Today, you can also check out two more posts that went up today in this blog tour at The Irish Banana Review and Otakutwins Review.

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The Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen Review and Giveaway!

The Revenge Playbook

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The Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen

Published HarperTeen June 16 2015

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Format: I received an eARC copy of this book from the publisher and the Fantastic Flying Book Club in exchange for review consideration and participation in this blog tour. This did not affect my opinion of this book or the content of this review in any way. The giveaway is being sponsored by the publisher.

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b38bc-coollogo_com-221351400Don’t get mad, get even! 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.

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.

029c6-coollogo_com-9181998I recently read and LOVED 17 First Kisses, so I knew I had to pick up Rachael Allen’s first novel and I had really big expectations. Thankfully, this book followed through!

I love the scavenger hunt aspect of this book as they travel around Nashville and the surrouding area completing the challenges. These little chapters dispersed throughout the book made it so exciting and fun! The narration switches between the perspective of the girls together, in the present, as they complete the scavenger hunt, and the past as they come together to form their plan in all their different times of hurt.

If you love female friendships and feminist heavy books, this is a winner for you! It has so many smart, well done feminist topics as each of the girls are empowered within themselves to be whoever they want to be. They all have been the victims of the favoritism given to the football team and their coaches. For example, one of the girls is assaulted and when she reports this to her school, she is told not to do anything so the boy won’t get his football scholarship taken away. There is also a list of girls claimed ‘not good enough’ to date a football player, so the boys must break up with them. And a girl who has trouble in math class can’t get help, but the football players get homework extensions for games. It is not fun to read about some of these darker topics that are faced. I was so mad at the guys that had done these terrible things. However, I also liked how not every football player were bad. Some of them were really nice to the girls and did not succumb to what they were being told.

The only problem that I had with this book was that the different perspectives blended together. It was hard to differ between all the girls, each with their own sections and boyfriends and friends and family. There were many different names, story lines, and backgrounds that I needed to keep checking whose chapter I was reading so far. The ending was also a little iffy, but I did like how it was all wrapped up.

Overall, this book was really good! It was a great look at some contemporary issues, without being dark the entire time. I would recommend this to fans of 17 First Kisses and this would definitely be worth a try.

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#BFFdraft (Twitter) 

On June 16, 2015, use the hashtag #BFFdraft to talk about who you’d want in your ultimate BFF group. You can pick YA characters, celebrities, girls who are doing cool stuff to make the world a better place, girls who are already your besties. For more information, you can go here or here.

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About the Author:

Displaying Rachael.jpgRachael 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.

Follow Rachael on her Website, Goodreads, Twitter, and Facebook!

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City Love by Susane Colasanti Review and Giveaway!

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City Love by Susane Colasanti

Published Katherine Tegen Books April 21 2015

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance

Format: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher and The Flying Fantastic Book Club in exchange for review consideration and a spot on the blog tour. This does not affect my review or the content of the review in any way.

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Sadie, Darcy, and Rosanna are living together in New York City the summer before their freshman year of college begins. With no parents, no rules, and an entire city to explore, these three girls are on the verge of the best summer of their lives.

Sadie is a native New Yorker. She is hopeful, romantic, and an eternal optimist who is ready to find her soul mate. Then she meets her dream boy: cute, funny, and quirky in all the right ways. The chemistry between them is unreal. Could he be the one?

Darcy is a free spirit from SoCal with rebellious tendencies and unlimited financial resources. Moving to New York City is just another adventure for her. Darcy wants this summer to be all about boy adventures—nothing serious. But how much fun is too much?

Rosanna leaves Chicago for NYC so she can put her past behind her and reinvent herself. The only thing standing in her way is the grand total of seventy-three cents she has saved. Then she meets a guy who wants to show her the glamorous side of New York—a side that she would never get to experience on her own. If Rosanna doesn’t resist, she may find herself in city love.

Told from alternating points of view, City Love captures the moments in each girl’s life when everything is thrilling, amazing, and terrifying all at once . . . in a way it will never be again.

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I love New York City as much as the next person…so the idea of an entire book set around the magic of the city was really exciting to me! I loved each of the different perspectives and stories the girls brought to NYC with them and where the city was able to take them. Having a good setting for a story is always really important for me, and this used NYC just like Anna and the French Kiss used Paris to its total advantage.

We have three different perspectives in this book – which I sometimes liked. Rosanna’s perspective was very strong and clear, but Darcy and Sadie could get a little confusing. We also have three really swoon-worthy guys, as each girl starts up a summer romance! Rosanna was the shyer one of the group, and she was really accurately portrayed. Sometimes, ‘shy’ characters don’t come off that way, but she really was written well. I loved her storyline about her passion for social work and her financial struggles.

Darcy is out for a summer of fun without any kind of boyfriend attachments. For me, her character was a little bit confusing. She has conflicting feelings for one boy that were never really totally clear. Plus, her background in California was a little murky. I think she was rich – but I’m not completely sure. It also takes a while to warm up to her character.

Sadie was probably my favorite of the three, maybe because she was so relatable. She was interesting and had a great perspective on NYC because she grew up there. She’s clearly in love with the city already, so she adds a great additional perspective to everything that is happening. I also liked her relationship the most!

The writing was sometimes a little bit awkward and included a few social references. I’m never really a huge fan of cultural references or writing that sounds a little bit too much like what real people speak like (or don’t). I felt like sometimes it could come off as fake and distract from the story. However, the middle is where everything really gets good.

Overall, I can’t wait for the next book! The way that NYC was included made the whole story sparkle and all of the characters popped off the page. I think anyone who likes summer-y romance contemporaries, or a strong setting would really enjoy this book.

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About the author:

Displaying susane.jpg Susane Colasanti is the bestselling author of When It Happens, Take Me There, Waiting for You,Something Like Fate, So Much Closer, Keep Holding On, All I Need, and Now and Forever. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from New York University. Before becoming a full-time author in 2007, Susane was a high school science teacher for ten years. She lives in New York City. The first book of Susane’s City Love trilogy will be released on April 21, 2015.

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Review and Giveaway: Love Lucy by April Lindner

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Love, Lucy by April Lindner

Published Poppy January 27 2015

Genre: Young Adult Romance

Format: I received a copy of this book for review consideration from the publisher and FFBC Tours. This did not affect in any way my opinions in this review. The giveaway is being hosted by FFBC.

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9ebf8-coollogo_com-221351400While backpacking through Florence, Italy, during the summer before she heads off to college, Lucy Sommersworth finds herself falling in love with the culture, the architecture, the food…and Jesse Palladino, a handsome street musician. After a whirlwind romance, Lucy returns home, determined to move on from her “vacation flirtation.” But just because summer is over doesn’t mean Lucy and Jesse are over, too.

In this coming-of-age romance, April Lindner perfectly captures the highs and lows of a summer love that might just be meant to last beyond the season.
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I love when books take me away to an entirely new world – whether that world be a totally different sci-fi spacey universe or across the ocean into Italy. This one was the former. Just like any of the Stephanie Perkins’ books, Love Lucy puts you write in the middle of Lucy’s explorations of Italy. This was my favorite part about this book. We get amazing, beautiful descriptions of the places Lucy visits in Italy, from the countryside to Rome. All of it was described so realistically that I really felt like I was there, traveling right alongside Lucy. In fact, I was dreading the second half of the book that was set back here in the States, although in Philadelphia. Not to worry! I loved Lucy’s transitions to college life and all of the super great female friendships in this book.
Most of the book is about the romance between Jesse and Lucy. Lucy meets Jesse in Italy, and although she is told multiple times that it was just a vacation romance, she just cannot seem to move on. For me, this part of the book lacked the most. I never really connected to Jesse or shipped Lucy and Jesse. Their relationship was not intriguing or interesting for me. Lucy mostly fell for Jesse in a bout of insta-love, and within their relationship, there is some cheating and really, a ton of insta-love type moments.
Lucy was a great character and I liked her relationship with her parents. They are definetely the over-bearing type of parents who do not want her to be an actress. And while I could relate to her parents, I was also frustrated with them. Their relationship was played out really well and I loved the way everything there worked out. I didn’t totally hate her parents, but rather sympathized with them, which is always welcome. All of the familial and friendship relationships in this book were so well done.
Overall, I enjoyed the settings and the family and friendships in this book! The only think that lacked for me was the main plot of Love Lucy, the romance. It frustrated me because of the heavy insta love. I would suggest this to fans of Stephanie Perkins, retellings of classic novels (although I never read the book it is bad on), and good wanderlust books!
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About the Author:
high res author photoApril Lindner is the author of three novels: Catherine, a modernization of Wuthering Heights; Jane, an update of Jane Eyre; and Love, Lucy, due out in January, 2015. She also has published two poetry collections, Skin and This Bed Our Bodies Shaped. She plays acoustic guitar badly, sees more rock concerts than she’d care to admit, travels whenever she can, cooks Italian food, and lavishes attention on her pets—two Labrador retriever mixes and two excitable guinea pigs. A professor of English at Saint Joseph’s University, April lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons.
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A playlist based on this book!

I love music, so I was super happy to be able to create a playlist of songs I love that remind me of this book. Here are the five songs that I came up with:

– Because Lucy was in a production of Rent in college!

– Summer love…plus some more show tunes.

– This song describes a part of their long distance relationship and some rocky situations for Lucy.

– So many decisions for Lucy!!

– Because ultimately, this is the advice from all her friends.

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