New Release Review! DIARY OF A TEENAGE JEWEL THIEF by Rosie Somers

Diary of a Teenage Jewel Thief
by Rosie Somers

Most sixteen-year-olds shouldn’t know where museums keep their rarest jewels (the basement) and they really shouldn’t know that vans make the worst getaway cars. But for Marisol Flores, a life of jewel thievery is a birthright handed down from generation to generation, even if she didn’t ask for it. So when a rival thief targets Mari and her mother, Mari’s more than happy to flee to the anonymity of bustling New York City.

Blending in is a dream come true for Mari, but keeping her former thieving ways a secret gets way more complicated when handsome Will Campbell sets his sights on her. She can’t help but like his terrible puns and charming grin…but when her past catches up with her, it’s not only her life—and her anonymity—that’s at stake.

Will could be the next target.

 

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Review:

When we first see Marisol in Diary of a Teenage Jewel Thief, she’s mid-heist, taking the lead on a job for the first time ever. Things don’t go exactly as planned, though, and when next we see her she’s attempting to live the life of an ordinary NYC teen for the first time ever. Her fish-out-of-water issues are endearing, but I was a little bummed that her jewel thief skills didn’t end up getting more of a workout in the rest of the novel (though her solution to forgetting her locker combination was fantastic!)

Will is a likable character as well, but it didn’t feel like we (or Mari, for that matter) really got to know him well enough. Both their relationship and the main suspense part of the plot felt as if they could have been more fleshed out, given us more. The resolution of both felt a bit too pat and easy. The ending did make it seem like this is the potential first book in a series, though, so possibly future books will give us more–more chances for Mari to show her stuff, more character and relationship development, and more involved suspense plots. Fingers crossed!

Diary of a Teenage Jewel Thief is a cute YA story with an engaging main character, and though it’s a little lighter on the suspense and romance than I’d like, it was still a fun way to pass a few hours.

Rating: 3 1/2 stars / B

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

About the Author:

Rosie Somers is a beach-going book addict who’s been crafting stories since before she learned her ABCs. When she’s not busy trying to bring the characters in her head to life on paper, she can be found volunteering with local animal rescues, crocheting funky hats for her friends, or eating herself into the poorhouse at Chipotle. Her fondest dream is to one day own a goat.

Author Blog: rosiesomers.blogspot.com

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A Conversation with Amity Hope, Author of THE RULES OF PERSUASION (with a giveaway!)

Welcome, Amity! What 5 things should readers know about you?

  1. Growing up, I hated my name. Amity Hope (Hope is actually my middle name) was too unique at a time when all of my friends had “normal” names. Sometime after high school I decided my name wasn’t so bad.
  2. I have two teenage sons who I love spending time with.
  3. I am a completely mediocre cook (and that might be too generous of a description) but I absolutely love to bake.
  4. I adore classic cars—though I really don’t know much about them—and love visiting car shows.
  5. My ideal day would be spent sitting on my deck, lost in a fantasy novel.

Oooh, I’m with you on #3—I’d rather bake over cooking any day!

 

Where did the inspiration for this book come from?

It all started with a water tower…There’s a water tower in my town that I’ve always thought would be sort of easy to climb. How fun would that be?! Never mind that I’m a complete rule follower and afraid of heights. The idea eventually led to living vicariously through my characters, after giving them reason to climb, of course. Obviously there’s a lot more to the book than that, but it all stemmed from the tower.

I like that! I’ve been known to check out water towers for climbability—and I’d never do it myself either. But knowing that it’s possible? Opens up possibilities…

 

How long have you been writing, and what (or who) inspired you to start?

I have been writing for as long as I can remember. When I was quite young, I created picture books, which is laughable as I have no artistic ability whatsoever when it comes to drawing. When I was in middle school I was already reading Stephen King (without my mom knowing) and Danielle Steel. My tastes have always been fairly eclectic. I’ve wanted to be an author for as long as I can remember, it was just a matter of finding my niche.

Didn’t everybody read Stephen King in middle school? 😉

 

What are you working on right now? What can readers look for from you in the next year?

I love reading young adult fantasy and have wanted to try writing it for quite some time. I have several projects in the works, but a young adult, dark fantasy is currently filling up my days.

Sounds great—can’t wait!

 

What are you currently reading, and what are your thoughts about it so far?

I rarely reread a book, but right now I’m rereading Graceling because it’s been a very, very long time since I first read it. I loved it the first time around, and still adore it.

That’s on my TBR—maybe I should bump it up…

 

If you had to “sell” your book in a single Tweet, what would you say?

Welcome to late-night graffiti sessions, flirty baseball lessons, and a never-ending list of relationship rules

just made to be broken.

Perfect! Thanks so much 🙂

 

Thanks so much for having me on your blog!

Thank you, Amity!

 

About the author:

Amity lives in beautiful northern Minnesota with her two sons, two cats and their Rottweiler. She has a degree in elementary education and worked in that field for ten years before deciding to chase her dream. Her debut novel, Twisted, was listed by Amazon as a Top 100 Kids & Teens Kindle Book of 2012. If she’s not writing, or spending time with her boys, she’s most likely reading.

 

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The Rules of Persuasion
by Amity Hope
Publication Date:  August 14, 2017
Publisher:  Entangled Teen Crush

 

1)    Take things slow (her rule)
2)    Make it believable (his rule)

After tragedy hit her family, Meg Matthews officially crossed the line from “good girl” to “bad girl.” Motorcycle? Check. Graffiti? Check. The only thing Meg hadn’t planned on was blackmail. Too bad now a certain infuriating boy holds Meg’s future in his hands…

When Luke Prescott—star pitcher and town golden boy—catches Meg vandalizing the school, she’s given two choices: face the consequences or enter into a fake relationship with him to get his parents and his ex off his back.

But as Meg and Luke grow closer, they both realize they’ve been keeping secrets from each other. Their fake relationship might be doomed from the start—if they can’t learn to open up to the one person they never thought they’d trust.

 

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains late-night graffiti sessions, flirty baseball lessons, and a never-ending list of relationship rules just made to be broken.   

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A Conversation with Molly E. Lee, Author of LOVE IN THE FRIEND ZONE

Thanks so much for agreeing to be with us today, Molly! What 5 things should readers know about you?

1)    I’m totally grateful for all the support and can’t thank you enough for reading!

2)    I’m obsessed with Daryl Dixon, Deadpool, Harry Potter, and Game of Thrones.

3)    I’m a military spouse with two awesome toddlers and a stubborn English bulldog.

4)    I sometimes can’t get into a character’s head unless I find the perfect set of songs for them on Spotify.

5)    I have a moto-boot buying problem…

LOL, I hear the first step is admitting that you have a problem… (though, really, can buying shoes ever really be a “problem”?)

 

Where did the inspiration for this book come from?

The inspiration came from collaborating with my amazing editor, Stacy Abrams. We wanted to see if we could capture one epic moment in time and dig deep into how life-changing those instances can be. The Grad Night series was born!

A series, you say? Can’t wait to see where else you’re going with the idea!

 

How long have you been writing, and what (or who) inspired you to start?

I’ve been writing as long as I can remember. I wrote my first book in second grade. My teacher assigned the project and gave us these little blank hardback books. We had to write and illustrate the stories. Mine was about a little girl who finds some magic seeds and grows an entire crop of aliens. I was instantly hooked on the creative process, and I’ve never wanted to be or do anything else since.

That’s fantastic!

 

What are you working on right now? What can readers look for from you in the next year?

I’m currently working on the next books in the Grad Night series, and I’m so excited to show readers what is happening at other times in the party!

I’m also working on the next two books in my Love on the Edge series, which is adult adventure-romance.

Wow–sounds like you’re busy! Lots to look forward to!

 

What are you currently reading, and what are your thoughts about it so far?

I’m currently devouring the A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES series by Sarah J. Maas, and I seriously can’t get enough of it! I’m slightly obsessed. The characters are phenomenal and the action and romance is insanely good. This series will be on my re-read as often as time allows list 🙂

That series is definitely on my TBR. I keep hearing awesome things!

 

If you had to “sell” your book in a single Tweet, what would you say?

Love in the Friend Zone. One epic party. Endless ways to fall in love.

Perfect! Thanks so much 🙂

 

About the Author:

Molly E. Lee is an author best known for her debut novel EDGE OF CHAOS, and as a fourth year mentor at Pitch Wars – a program which connects promising writers to established authors in the community. Molly writes New Adult and Young Adult Contemporary featuring strong female heroines who are unafraid to challenge their male counterparts, yet still vulnerable enough to have love sneak up on them. In addition to being a military spouse and mother of two + one stubborn English Bulldog, Molly loves watching storms from her back porch at her Midwest home, and digging for treasures in antique stores.

 

Website: http://www.mollyelee.com

Twitter: @MollyELee

LOVE IN THE FRIEND ZONE
by Molly E. Lee
Release Date 8/14
Published by Entangled Teen
Genre: YA Contemporary

 

The only thing worse than not being able to tell your best friend you’re head over heels in love with him? Having to smile and nod when he enlists your help to ensnare the girl of his dreams.

Braylen didn’t even want to go to Lennon Pryor’s epic graduation-night party, but when Fynn begs her to be his “wingwoman,” she can’t deny him. Talking up her BFF—how he’s magic behind a camera, with a killer sense of humor and eyelashes that frame the most gorgeous blue eyes in the history of forever—is easy. Supporting his efforts to woo someone so completely wrong for him? Not so much.

Fynn knows that grad night is his last shot before leaving for college to find true love. And thanks to Bray, he gets his chance with the beautiful Katy Evans. But over the course of the coolest party of their high school careers, he starts to see that perhaps what he really wants has been in front of him all along. Bray’s been his best friend since kindergarten, though, and he’d rather have her in his life as a friend than not at all.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains one epic party, complete with every high-schoolers-gone-bad shenanigan, and two best friends whose sexual chemistry is off the charts…if only they’d succumb to it.

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Kat Colmer, Author of THE THIRD KISS, Talks About Memorable Kisses (not the good kind of memorable…)

In case you missed it, I reviewed Kat’s THE THIRD KISS here. Check it out and enter the tour giveaway!

As the title suggests, my YA paranormal romance The Third Kiss features several kisses throughout the story. Each of these is memorable for different reasons. Sometimes, however, a kiss can be memorable for all the wrong reasons. Here are a few which thankfully don’t appear in The Third Kiss:

 

The Niagara Falls Kiss

Think saliva. Lots of it. So much so you need to go in for an after-kiss cuddle just so you can surreptitiously wipe your chin on your partner’s shoulder or your sleeve. Now, a Niagara Falls kiss doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad kiss, but technique and delivery would have to be pretty awesome to distract you from the drool gathering on your chin.

 

The Heavy Metal Kiss

Ah, the joys of braces. Not only do braces mean you can’t eat anything sweet and chewy for the good part of two years, you now have to be extra careful when locking lips with someone so you don’t also accidentally lock metal! I’ve only experienced one stuck-at-the-mouth incident in my life, and thankfully I wasn’t personally involved. But a Heavy Metal Kiss that goes wrong can scar you for life—because no matter how much those around you sympathize, you will inevitably be laughed at.

 

The Blind-Leading-The-Blind Kiss

This kiss doesn’t have to end in disaster; oftentimes it’s reassuring to know the person you’re kissing is just as inexperienced as you are, and what starts out as a we-don’t-know-what-we’re-doing kinda kiss ends up in a sweet and soulful experience. BUT—and notice how that’s a big but—when one or both parties aren’t the quickest of learners, this Blind-Leading-The-Blind Kiss can spiral into a drooly, teeth-clanking, tongue-thrusting, nose-bumping disaster that should just be put out of its misery already.

 

The Humpty-Dumpty Kiss 

You’re sceptical, I can see, but bear with me here. The Humpty-Dumpty is a real and dangerous thing. It’s a deceptive and cunning beast, because it starts off as a sweet meeting of the lips that heats up slowly, gradually. Then, just as things start to get really interesting, one of you gets a little too enthusiastic and the two of you overbalance on the couch, bench, bed, bleachers, and—Splat! Oof! Ow!—you end up sprawled on the floor like a beached baby whale. Total mood killer.

 

The Tongue Wrestler

This poor excuse for a smooch is more warfare than a kiss. It’s like the perpetrator of this kiss is under the misguided assumption that kissing is a competition, and the winner is the one whose tongue takes up the most real estate in their opponent’s mouth. In my unfortunate experience, it’s near impossible to re-educate a tongue wrestler on the finer—and gentler—art of kissing. Better to wave a white flag, end the exchange, and retreat to the friend zone as quickly as possible.

 

You’ll be glad to know the kisses in The Third Kiss are memorable for all the right reasons. Toe-curling, pulse-racing, skin-tingling reasons.

 

Kat Colmer Bio:

Kat Colmer is a Sydney-based Young and New Adult author who writes coming-of-age stories with humor and heart. The recipient of several writing awards, she has won the Romance Writers of Australia First Kiss contest, as well as the Romance Writers of America On the Far Side contest for her debut Young Adult Paranormal Romance.

Kat has a Master of Education in Teacher Librarianship and loves working with teens and young adults. When not writing, teaching, or reading the latest in YA fiction, Kat spends time with her husband and two children.

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Book summary:

Love curses don’t exist. At least that’s what Jonas, master of the meaningless hookup, tells himself when a letter warns him he’s an Eros Guardian cursed to endure a test of true love or forever be alone. His levelheaded longtime friend Cora figures it’s a revenge prank by an ex. The way Jonas stamps each girlfriend with a weeklong use-by date, it serves him right.

But when an impulsive kiss between the two friends reveals potential for more, Cora becomes the target of the Groth Maar: demons sent to wipe out the Eros Guardian line. And suddenly the curse becomes dangerously real.

Breaking the curse means Jonas’s biggest challenge yet. Failure guarantees Cora’s death. But success may cost him his own life…and the loss of his carefully guarded heart to the one girl far too sensible to fall for him.

 

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A Conversation with Patty Blount, Author of THE WAY IT HURTS (with a giveaway!)

Thanks so much for agreeing to be with us today, Patty!

Thank you so much for hosting me!

 

What 5 things should readers know about you?

Well, I love books – reading them, writing them, collecting them, lending them. I love to talk about books. I am drawn to strong, feisty characters who do what has to be done, even when it hurts. I’m a huge supporter of women’s rights and honestly, don’t understand why everybody isn’t. Our country was founded on the principle of liberty and justice for all, so why is this such a difficult concept to practice? I just don’t understand. I have two children, both sons, who tell me they’re proud of me and that’s everything to me. Oh, I love chocolate – like love it the way a country singer loves his truck. I’d write songs about it if I could sing.

Songs about chocolate? I’d go for that! 😉

 

Where did the inspiration for this book come from?

If you open the cover of the book and read the dedication, you’ll understand this. Kimberly Sabatini, author of TOUCHING THE SURFACE, is an online friend I’ve never met in person. But we connected in a real way – first on Twitter, and then on the YA Outside the Lines blog. There’d been a number of public debacles involving social justice and people deleting their accounts after being called out for whatever comment they’d made that incited the public. Kimberly and I found ourselves on the same side of an issue – that calling out somebody online can way too easily cross over into harrassment. I decided to write a story in which call out culture and a viral tweet play a significant role after our discussions.

Nice!

 

How long have you been writing, and what (or who) inspired you to start?

I’ve been writing all of my life. I think writing is a natural progression from loving to read. Reading is my superpower. I can read entire novels in a matter of hours. I owe that to my mother, who taught me to read before I began school. As a shy and quiet kid, books became my friends, my escape, even my tutors. I never thought I had any real talent at it, tough. It wasn’t until a dare from my oldest son, who was in seventh grade at the time, that I tried to do it professionally.

A dare, huh? Interesting (and obviously effective) motivation!

 

What are you working on right now? What can readers look for from you in the next year?

I’m working on a companion book to Some Boys called Someone I Used to Know. Like Some Boys, this novel deals with rape and rape culture. Unlike Some Boys, this story focuses on how surviving a sexual assault impacts an entire family.

Sounds like a fantastic read—can’t wait!

 

What are you currently reading, and what are your thoughts about it so far?

I’m reading Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series. I’m about 12 books into the series so far and I find myself approaching circumstances in my life as if Jack or Mel Sheridan might walk in at any moment. I kind of wish Preacher would show up and cook for me. I’m truly immersed in the small mountain town Robyn’s created. The characters are larger than life, the love stories incredibly satisfying and the whole inter-connectedness of it all just addictive.

I love it when you can just immerse yourself into a fictional world like that!

 

If you had to “sell” your book in a single Tweet, what would you say?

Oh, what a great question. I should know this, since Twitter plays a big role in this story.

“Feelin’ so much pain, but the words still come out wrong. It can’t get worse; this is the way it hurts” @RIDE_OUT Are you #KrisVsEli?

Perfect! Thanks so much, Patty!

 

About Patty Blount:

Native New Yorker Patty Blount is the award-winning author of several critically acclaimed internet issues novels for teens as well as a few adult contemporary romances. She is inspired to write by such greats as Judy Blume, JK Rowling, and Gayle Forman. In fact, Judy Blume is the reason Patty elected to write under her real name…so she’d appear on shelves next to her idol. Patty adores writing; she’s written everything from technical manuals to song lyrics (see THE WAY IT HURTS, coming August 2017). Patty wants you to know she loves chocolate…really, really loves chocolate.

When not crushing on actors Gilles Marini or Sam Heughan, Patty can be found sitting in traffic somewhere on the Long Island Expressway, listening to audio books or talking wildly to herself about plots and characters. Prone to falling madly in love with fictional characters, Patty suffers frequent broken hearts when they all invariably prefer the heroine to her… go figure. When she’s not writing, Patty loves to watch bad sci-fi movies and live tweet the hilarity, and scour Pinterest for ideas on awesome bookcases. Patty lives on Long Island with her family in a house that, sadly, lacks bookcases.

 

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Title: The Way It Hurts
Author: Patty Blount
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: August 1, 2017
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Pages: 352 pages
Format: Paperback and Digital
Print ISBN: 978-1-492632-788
Digital ASIN: B06XR172ZD

 

Synopsis:

There may be two sides to every story, but sometimes there’s only one way to set things right…

Music is Elijah’s life. His band plays loud and hard, and he’ll do anything to get them a big break. He needs that success to help take care of his sister, who has special needs. So he’d rather be practicing when his friends drag him to a musical in the next town…until the lead starts to sing.

Kristen dreams of a career on stage like her grandmother’s. She knows she needs an edge to get into a competitive theater program–and being the star in her high school musical isn’t going to cut it. The applause and the attention only encourage her to work harder.

Elijah can’t take his eyes off of Kristen’s performance, and snaps a photo of her in costume that he posts online with a comment that everybody misunderstands. It goes viral. Suddenly, Elijah and Kristen are in a new spotlight as the online backlash spins out of control. And the consequences are bigger than they both could have ever imagined because these threats don’t stay online…they follow them into real life.

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Excerpt:

Elijah took my hands. “Okay, look. Maybe you’re right. Maybe these people are taking this whole battle thing way too seriously. If you’re scared, then we’ll stop. No more posts except for appearance information.”

“So no more battle of the sexes, no more make Kris scream?”

He held up his hand. “Swear to God.”

“Okay.” I sighed in relief. “You’d really do that?”

He leaned closer and repeated the vow. “I promise, Kris.”

And just like that, I forgot why I was mad at him. I couldn’t talk, couldn’t breathe, couldn’t even blink because I was afraid he’d let go. This was the part of him I adored. I clung to him for a long moment, and when his gaze drifted to my mouth, I wondered if—hoped—prayed—he’d finally kiss me.

And then, Etta’s voice suddenly spoke inside my head. “Well, my God, darling, it’s the twenty-first century. What on earth are you waiting for? You can kiss him.”

I could. Yes. Yes, I could just lift my head and lean in and kiss Elijah Hamilton like it was a normal, ordinary occurrence.

Right. Like kissing Elijah Hamilton would ever be ordinary?

I’d watched him kiss that girl at the mall and was sure I’d memorized all the steps in his routine. He’d move in, grip my face between his hands, run his thumb along my jaw, and finally, glide his arm down around my body, pulling me against his own, all the while, peeking through his lashes to see if I enjoyed it.

I wasn’t sure when I decided—even what made me decide. I just touched my lips to his and waited.

It took a second or two. But then there was a sudden, tiny squeak from him, and I felt the pulse in his wrist leap under my fingertips.

And then, his hands were in my hair, angling my head just the way he liked it, his tongue brushing against mine, so soft it might have been my imagination…except imaginary kisses were never so intense. He kissed me like I was a song he wrote, lips wrapped around every word until it hummed with hidden meaning and promise, and his hands held me the way they held his guitar—like the music would stop if he let me go.

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Release Day Review and Giveaway! THE THIRD KISS by Kat Colmer (Love’s Mortal Coil #1)

The Third Kiss (Love’s Mortal Coil #1)
by Kat Colmer
Publication Date:  August 7, 2017
Publisher:  Entangled Teen

Love curses don’t exist. At least that’s what Jonas, master of the meaningless hookup, tells himself when a letter warns him he’s an Eros Guardian cursed to endure a test of true love or forever be alone. His levelheaded longtime friend Cora figures it’s a revenge prank by an ex. The way Jonas stamps each girlfriend with a weeklong use-by date, it serves him right.

But when an impulsive kiss between the two friends reveals potential for more, Cora becomes the target of the Groth Maar: demons sent to wipe out the Eros Guardian line. And suddenly the curse becomes dangerously real.

Breaking the curse means Jonas’s biggest challenge yet. Failure guarantees Cora’s death. But success may cost him his own life…and the loss of his carefully guarded heart to the one girl far too sensible to fall for him.

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Excerpt:

Jonas snorted. “The guy has a backyard designed to charm girls out of their underwear.”

Did he seriously just say that? When he himself went off with— Unbelievable! I grabbed the rough wood of the gazebo railing so I didn’t lash out with more than my words.

“And you’d know all about that, now, wouldn’t you?”

His jaw clenched even as a wince tightened the line of his lips. “I don’t like him.”

“You don’t know him.”

“Neither do you.” He widened his stance and crossed his arms. “A few online chats don’t exactly mean much when it comes to getting to know someone.”

My fingernails dug into the railing, the wood biting into my skin. “Nice. So all our conversations while I was in Manhattan were meaningless, too, were they?”

“That’s different.” Jonas scowled under his balaclava of shadows. “We have history, a friendship. You hardly knew him before you left and haven’t seen the guy in over a year.”

He took a half step closer. “Ever heard of taking things slower?”

Breathe. Deep and steady, in and out. “Do you hear yourself? You telling me to take things slower?”

His hand twitched, like a gunfighter about to draw. “We’re talking about you, not me.”

“No, let’s talk about you. And how you need to butt out of my life.” Letting go of the safety of the railing, I took a step toward him. “I don’t go around judging how you change girlfriends more often than your social media updates so where do you get off telling me how fast or slow I should go?”

Jonas stilled. “I’m just trying to stop you from making a mistake.”

My jaw dropped. “What, with your track record? You’re the master of the meaningless hookup. You do not get to lecture me on making mistakes.”

Eyes locked on mine, his pulse punched out a frantic rhythm against the side of his throat. “A mistake for some isn’t necessarily one for others.”

Of all the patronizing— “Are you listening to the garbage coming out of your mouth or has all the bullshit clogged up your ears?” I pressed my clenched hands against my sides, fighting the urge to grab his headphones and show him exactly what I thought of his double standard.

“The guy is a player, Cora.”

I scoffed. “Not every guy operates the way you do.”

Jonas flinched but didn’t say anything.

“And even if he is, maybe that’s all I’m after.” I wasn’t, but it felt good to bait him.

His eyes narrowed, two glistening slits. “That’s not you.”

I edged closer still, my frame vibrating with anger. “How do you know? Maybe that night a year ago gave me a taste for short and uncomplicated.”

I felt more than saw something in him shift. Then a flash of lightning ripped the shadows from his face, leaving his expression exposed.

Shit.

The light disappeared. And with it the space between us.

Review:

The Third Kiss offers a different take on the idea of love curses; I found the biblical origins of the Love’s Mortal Coil curse compelling. It really made me wonder where Ms. Colmer came up with the idea; I bet there’s a story there! The curse and the universe in which it resides was well thought out and maintained. I really liked the voices of the two protagonists, Jonas and Cora, and Beth and Leo were strong secondary characters as well. The grownups of the book–Cora’s dad, Jonas’ aunt, even the professor–seemed a bit more disposable, though that’s often the case in YA books, so it didn’t bother me overmuch.

I am really interested in seeing where this series is going to go–will there be two books (I totally called the ending of this one; go, me!) or three? Or…more? And how soon will we have to wait to find out???

Rating: 4 stars / B+

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About the Author:

Kat Colmer is a Sydney-based Young and New Adult author who writes coming-of-age stories with humor and heart. The recipient of several writing awards, she has won the Romance Writers of Australia First Kiss contest, as well as the Romance Writers of America On the Far Side contest for her debut Young Adult Paranormal Romance.

Kat has a Master of Education in Teacher Librarianship and loves working with teens and young adults. When not writing, teaching, or reading the latest in YA fiction, Kat spends time with her husband and two children.

 

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New Release Review! KISSING MAX HOLDEN by Katy Upperman

Kissing Max Holden
by Katy Upperman

 

Kissing Max Holden was a terrible idea…

After his father has a life-altering stroke, Max Holden isn’t himself. As his long-time friend, Jillian Eldridge only wants to help him, but she doesn’t know how. When Max climbs through her window one night, Jill knows that she shouldn’t let him kiss her. But she can’t resist, and when they’re caught in the act by her dad, Jill swears it’ll never happen again. Because kissing Max Holden is a terrible idea.

With a new baby sibling on the way, her parents fighting all the time, and her dream of culinary school up in the air, Jill starts spending more and more time with Max. And even though her father disapproves and Max still has a girlfriend, not kissing Max is easier said than done. Will Jill follow her heart and allow their friendship to blossom into something more, or will she listen to her head and stop kissing Max Holden once and for all?

 

Review:

Ms Upperman is a debut author I’ll definitely be on the lookout for more from!

Kissing Max Holden‘s Jill and Max are far from perfect people, which makes their story all the more likable. I loved that Jill was so passionate about baking–she did it to express love, to keep herself calm and centered, and to make sense of her world–and all of the little baking metaphors that the author threw into the narrative were so much fun. (It also made me kind of hungry, so plan your reading snacks accordingly.) Max had more than a few issues to work through, and he does (eventually) make a pretty good effort, which made me like him all the more. The ending of the book left me with a pretty good case of the feels all around, and lived up to the promise of that pretty, pretty cover 🙂

Trigger warning: there is infidelity (with both young adults and adults–though I would argue that in the case of the latter it’s much more consequential; the YA couple really just kissed while one was in a relationship, as the title suggests), so if that’s a no-go for you, you might want to steer clear. You’d be missing a darn good debut story if you did, though.

Rating: 4 stars / B+

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New Release and Giveaway! OMEGA by Jus Accardo (Infinity #2)

 


Omega (The Infinity Division, #2)
by Jus Accardo
Published by Entangled Teen
Released on August 1st, 2017

One mistake can change everything. Ashlyn Calvert finds that out the hard way when a bad decision leads to the death of her best friend, Noah Anderson.

Only Noah isn’t really gone. Thanks to his parents’ company, the Infinity Division, there is a version of him skipping from one dimension to another, set on revenge for the death of his sister, Kori. When a chance encounter brings him face-to-face with Ash, he’s determined to resist the magnetic pull he’s felt for her time and time again. Because falling for Ash puts his mission—and their lives—in danger.

But there’s more going on in Ash’s alternate universe than either of them knows: a mysterious project called Omega. A conspiracy spanning multiple Earths and revolving around none other than Ash. Its creators would do anything to keep Omega secret…

Anything.

Excerpt:

“Maybe you used to be better at it?” I prodded. “I mean, you probably don’t get a lot of time to date while skipping all over creation, right? Maybe you’re just out of practice?”

“I’m not out of practice.” He seethed.

“It’s okay! It’s nothing to be ashamed of—”

For the second time since we’d met, he assaulted me. One second I was having the time of my life pushing his buttons—ridiculously easy to do—the next I was against the wall, Noah’s body covering mine. His lips moved furiously, scorchingly hot and with a level of passion I’d never felt before. His tongue slipped between my lips and despite having told other guys that I hated that, I melted, reveling in the millions of electrical tingles the action sent shooting through my body.

His hands gripped my head on either side. No roaming, no exploration. Somehow it made the whole thing hotter. Like he couldn’t bear to release me in fear that I’d move. That I’d get away and he’d have to stop.

And stop? No. That was a dirty word. A softly whispered sin in the darkest corners of the earth. Stopping this would be a crime of the highest caliber.

Except he did. Stop, that was.

He pulled away just far enough to look me in the eye, not yet letting go of my head. With an extremely satisfied tilt of his lip, he said, “Decent my ass.”

Infinity (The Infinity Division, #1)
by Jus Accardo
Published by Entangled Teen
Published on November 1st, 2016
Genre: YA Science Fiction

 

Jump dimensions. Find the bad guy. Don’t fall in love.

Nobody said being the daughter of an army general was easy. But when her dad sends a teenage subordinate to babysit her while he’s away? That’s taking it a step too far.

Cade, as beautiful as he is deadly, watches Kori with more than just interest. He looks at her like he knows her very soul. And when he saves her from a seemingly random attack, well, that’s when things get weird.

Turns out, Kori’s dad isn’t just an army general—he’s the head of a secret government project that has invented a way to travel between parallel dimensions. Dimensions where there are infinite Koris, infinite Cades…and apparently, on every other Earth, they’re madly in love.

Falling for a soldier is the last thing on Kori’s mind. Especially when she finds herself in a deadly crossfire, and someone from another Earth is hell-bent on revenge…

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JUS ACCARDO spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. But at the last minute, she realized her true path lay with fiction, not food. Jus is the bestselling author of the popular Denazen series from Entangled publishing, as well as the Darker Agency series, and the New Adult series, The Eternal Balance. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald.

 

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Tyler Bennett trusts no one. Just another foster kid bounced from home to home, he’s learned that lesson the hard way. Cue world’s tiniest violin. But when strange things start happening—waking up with bloody knuckles and no memory of the night before or the burner phone he can’t let out of his sight— Tyler starts to wonder if he can even trust himself.

Even stranger, the girl he’s falling for has a burner phone just like his. Finding out what’s really happening only leads to more questions…questions that could get them both killed. It’s not like someone’s kidnapping teens lost in the system and brainwashing them to be assassins or anything, right? And what happens to rogue assets who defy control?

In a race against the clock, they’ll have to uncover the truth behind Project Pandora and take it down—before they’re reactivated. Good thing the program spent millions training them to kick ass…

Project Pandora (Assassin Fall #1)
by Aden Polydoros
Publication Date: August 1, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen

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Aden Polydoros grew up in Long Grove, Illinois, the youngest of three children. Aden’s family moved to Arizona when he was in second grade. As a kid, he spent much of his time exploring the desert near his home. When he wasn’t searching for snakes and lizards, he was raiding the bookshelves of the local library. As a teenager, Aden decided that he wanted to be a writer. He spent his free time writing short stories. He was encouraged by his English teacher to try his hand at writing a novel, which inspired him to begin PROJECT PANDORA. The YA thriller is set for publication with Entangled Publishing in Summer of 2017. He is represented by Mallory Brown of Triada US.

 

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