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Hold Back The Stars

Katie Khan

Carys and Max have ninety minutes of air left.
None of this was supposed to happen.
But perhaps this doesn’t need to be the end…
Adrift in space with nothing to hold on to but each other, Carys and Max can’t help but look back at the well-ordered world they have left behind – at the rules they couldn’t reconcile themselves to, and a life to which they might now never return.
For in a world where love is banned, what happens when you find it?

What are your overall thoughts?

Despite the old adage about book covers and judgment, I’ve admitted more than once that that I’m a sucker for a pretty cover. I was powerless to resist when faced with Hold back the stars. It’s absolutely beautiful. With is hand drawn stars and character silhouette, it perfectly reflects the books content. Some of the stars are picked out in foil so that the stars actually twinkle- total book porn for book magpies like myself.
But even for me, a beautiful cover alone does not a purchase make, the blurb had completely ensnared at high stakes, Sci fi, love story and Hold Back The Stars quickly went from compulsive one click purchase to top of TBR.

While my love for the aesthetics of the book are clear-cut my feelings for the content are a little more complicated. I’m a total sucker for romantic love stories, caught breath, tentative, tension fill touches and impassioned declarations of love totally float my boat. Hold Back the stars is not a romantic love story and my pre conceived notions about the kind of love story I was going to read almost made me quit the story half way though.

Due to the peril the characters find themselves in it is understandable that they would want to look back at the significant events of their relationship and the events that led them to their current predicament. Like in life the significant events are often the more upsetting and unpleasant ones. While I appreciate that this is in keeping with the story and the dramatic device of the looming disaster, as a reader it made connecting with the characters and their relationship harder. If had been shown a few more tender moments of their relationship, it would have been easier to relate to the characters and the choices they made for themselves and each other, however with hindsight I can recognise the authenticity of the authors choices to the story being told and my own preconceptions about what that story would look like.

In the end it was the tension-building countdown that kept me turning the pages and my determination to finish was rewarded with a unique and surprising final third.

What was your favorite aspect of the book?
The concept is what drew me to the story and ultimately it was the concept that kept me reading.

I thoroughly enjoyed the world building. I liked Khan’s unique take on the utopian society and its effect on the individual. The concepts felt well conceived and grounded in logic, in so far as a post apocalyptic utopia can, not just pulled from thin air to act as a dramatic device to get the characters to a certain point.

Who was your favorite character and why?

This is the sticky point for me. As well as my love for fluffy romance the main thing that attracts me to stories and keeps me reading are the characters. For the most part a story can be set anywhere, in any time, be fast or slow paced, contemporary or fantasy, and I will enjoy it if I can relate to likeable characters.

Neither of the protagonists was particularly likeable. In fact, it was my absolute dislike of Max, the male protagonist, and his actions that almost has me giving up on the book midway through.

As a result this wasn’t an easy read for me, however the rest of the book, and the subsequent actions of the characters, made up for this and having completed the book and stepped back to review the story as a whole I can see why the author made the choices she did.

Would you recommend this book?
Yes, surprisingly, despite my inability to really connect with the characters and their love story, I still really enjoyed this story. The dramatic devises held the story together and had me racing to turn the pages late in to the night. The final third of the book surprised and delighted me.

Verdict: Leave your preconceptions on earth to fully enjoy this page turning, unique, concept driven love story.

Reviewed by Caroline

Publisher: Doubleday
Publication Date: January 2017
Format: Hardback
Pages: 304
Genre: Dystopian, Sci-Fi
Age: YA
Reviewer: Caroline
Source: Own copy
Challenge: Debut author
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Cover Reveal: Inspire

We are thrilled to bring you the cover for Cora Carmack‘s INSPIRE!

Inspire
Kalliope lives with one purpose.
To inspire.
As an immortal muse, she doesn’t have any other choice. It’s part of how she was made. Musicians, artists, actors—they use her to advance their art, and she uses them to survive. She moves from one artist to the next, never staying long enough to get attached. But all she wants is a different life— a normal one. She’s spent thousands of years living lie after lie, and now she’s ready for something real.
Sweet, sexy, and steady, Wilder Bell feels more real than anything else in her long existence. And most importantly… he’s not an artist. He doesn’t want her for her ability. But she can’t turn off the way she influences people, not even to save a man she might love. Because in small doses, she can help make something beautiful, but her ability has just as much capacity to destroy as it does to create. The longer she stays, the more obsessed Wilder will become. It’s happened before, and it never turns out well for the mortal.
Her presence may inspire genius.
But it breeds madness, too.

INSPIRE is a New Adult Paranormal Romance novel and is due to be released on December 15, 2014!

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Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life– boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

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Cover Reveal: All Broke Down

We are so excited to get to share the cover for Cora Carmack’s ALL BROKE DOWN today! A New Adult Contemporary Romance, and published by William Morrow-an imprint of HarperCollins, this is the second book in her Rusk University Series, and it is set to be released on October 28, 2014! But you can pre-order it NOW! Check out what it’s about and then fall in love with this gorgeous cover!

brokedown_coverIn this second book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack’s New Adult, Texas-set Rusk University series, which began with All Lined Up, a young woman discovers that you can’t only fight for what you believe in . . . sometimes you have to fight for what you love
Dylan fights for lost causes. Probably because she used to be one.
Environmental issues, civil rights, corrupt corporations, and politicians—you name it, she’s probably been involved in a protest. When her latest cause lands her in jail overnight, she meets Silas Moore. He’s in for a different kind of fighting. And though he’s arrogant and infuriating, she can’t help being fascinated with him. Yet another lost cause.
Football and trouble are the only things that have ever come naturally to Silas. And it’s trouble that lands him in a cell next to do-gooder Dylan. He’s met girls like her before—fixers, he calls them, desperate to heal the damage and make him into their ideal boyfriend. But he doesn’t think he’s broken, and he definitely doesn’t need a girlfriend trying to change him. Until, that is, his anger issues and rash decisions threaten the only thing he really cares about, his spot on the Rusk University football team. Dylan might just be the perfect girl to help.
Because Silas Moore needs some fixing after all.

To find out more information on the Rusk University series and to pre-order a copy visit Amazon, Barnes and Noble or iTunes

HeadshotCora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life– boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

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Buddy Review: Breakable by Tammara Webber

Tammara Webber
breakableHe was lost and alone. Then he found her.
And the future seemed more fragile than ever.
As a child, Landon Lucas Maxfield believed his life was perfect and looked forward to a future filled with promise — until tragedy tore his family apart and made him doubt everything he ever believed.
All he wanted was to leave the past behind. When he met Jacqueline Wallace, his desire to be everything she needed came so easy…
As easy as it could be for a man who learned that the soul is breakable and that everything you hoped for could be ripped away in a heartbeat.

Posted by Caroline and Faye

Publisher: Penguin
Publication Date: May 2014
Format: Paperback
Pages: 368
Genre: Contemporary romance
Age: New Adult
Reviewer: Caroline & Faye
Source: Own copy
Challenge: None
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Why I read NA, and why YOU should

We are delighted host the latest stop on the New Year, New Adult blog tour. Please welcome Katie, book blogger and book tuber extraordinaire, as she shares her reasons for reading NA.

NATourBannerSo I stumbled across New Adult in 2013. I hadn’t heard of it before, and I was intrigued. When looking at a couple of books, I decided to give it a try.

New Adult is a genre that is designed for people who are not quite ready for adult books. The majority of New Adult is contemporary romance. New Adult is a step up from Young Adult, but it will contain a few more graphic things like from swear words to erotica. As a girl in my 20’s, I feel comfortable with New Adult as it is more for my age range.

The first New Adult book that I ever read was The Edge of Never by J. A. Redmerski. I went into this book with no expectations whatsoever. Redmerski blew me away with her writing, and I soon became obsessed. I definitely recommend this book as your first NA book choice.

A couple of years back, I thought I was never going to expand from YA books, but now I’ve found NA, things will change. I now don’t feel as childish, and I don’t feel so ashamed. If you are in your 20’s and you would like the venture into NA books, then I encourage you to give it a try =)

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Katie PicHowdy! My name is Katie. I’m 23 & a book lover.
I blog over at Katie’s Books and have YouTube channel called Kitkatscanread.
I review books in both written & video formats. I also l love discussing books.
I currently work as a ride operator at a theme park. But I’d much rather be reading ^_^
I was always an avid reader in primary school and I think that’s where it begun.
I also enjoy acting, writing, singing and dancing.

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Book Blast: Seeking Her

SEEKING HER is a New Adult contemporary romance novella being published by HarperCollins’ William Morrow Impulse imprint and is a part of Cora Carmack’s Losing It Series. This is Jackson’s side of the story, and it is currently just $.99/£.99!

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Exclusive Excerpt of Seeking Her by Cora Carmack by WilliamMorrowBooks

Seeking Her is available to preorder now from Amazon.com (here), Barnes and Noble (here) and from Amazon.co.uk (here)

For more information about Seeking Her and the Losing It series check out Goodreads (here).

cora cormackCora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life– boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

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New Year, New Adult Blog Tour: Natasha Boyd Interview

I am delighted to host Natasha Boyd on the blog today as she answers some of my burning questions about her Eversea series.

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Congratulations for writing such a fantastically touching coming of age, steamy, not to mention addicting duo logy. As soon as I finished Eversea I had to immediately downloaded and started reading Forever,  Jack. What was your initial inspiration for Eversea/Forever, Jack, and did you always plan to write Jack and Keri Ann’s story in two parts?

Hi there! Thanks for having me on your blog. And thank you for your kind words. My initial inspiration for Eversea was to write a Cinderella story where the heroine didn’t really need saving, and the prince wasn’t quite that perfect. The setting was always the Lowcountry and the hero was always going to be famous but out of his element. Parts of his backstory were actually based on my own upbringing in the UK. It was going to be one book, b tot was getting too long and I wasn’t totally convinced it was going to have a happy ending either. You can thank some fairly vocal and demanding readers that Forever, Jack ended the way it did!

After reading the synopsis, I couldn’t help but envision a particular “hollywood” couple as the scandal separated Jack and Audrey. That lasted for all of two minutes in to reading the book, when the characters took on identities and lives of their own. What I would like to know is, if you were casting the Eversea movie who would you choose to fill the roles of Jack, Keri Ann and/or  the prominent secondary characters?

It’s amazing how polarizing that certain Hollywood couple can be! And yes, I did wonder where and how a Hollywood star would hide of they wanted to reassess their life. The idea of the contractual aspects of Jack and Audrey’s relationship came from a Vanity Fair article I read about Tom Cruise. But the reality is, as you say, Jack and Keri Ann are their own people and always were. For that reason it is SO hard to cast them in my head. I’m a Henry Cavill fan, so he’d be nice, and I like Alexis Bledel for Keri Ann – but if it was ever a reality (I’d be in HEAVEN if it was being made into a movie! Can you imagine?…Sigh…), I’d love less well known actors to play their parts.

Congratulations on your recent publishing deal with Headline Eternal. Prior to this exciting development you self published Eversea and Forever, Jack. What are the most rewarding and challenging aspects of self publication?

Thank you! The deal with Headline Eternal is a wonderful thing, the best of both worlds actually. It is wonderful to have your words recognized and appreciated by such a well-respected publishing house. They bought the UK and commonwealth rights, so it means I am still self-published in the USA. The most rewarding aspects of self-publishing are the control and the marketing. You can measure your success against your own efforts in an extremely tangible way, and if you are successful, you are paid well. It is extremely wonderful to be rewarded commensurate with your efforts. There is also a wonderful community of support and friendship with bloggers and writers and readers who all appreciate the effort self-publishing takes when done right. The most challenging aspects are the same. It takes an extraordinary amount of financial outlay, effort, marketing and organization and sometimes it is hard to find time to write!

One of my favourite characters was Keri Ann’s elderly neighbour, Mrs Weaton, she appears to have had an absolutely fascinating life. Despite being just a small anecdote to add texture to Keri-Ann’s history, I was also fascinated with her grandparents love story. Do you see yourself ever writing historical fiction? 

I love historical fiction! I’m not sure I would be very good at writing it, I think I would get bored with all the fact-checking! But it would probably be incredibly rewarding. Yes, Mrs. Weaton is one of my favourite characters. I love that she is hovering in the background like Cinderella’s fairy godmother (at least as far as getting her to the ball in the perfect dress!). And yes, she led a fascinating life. One of my biggest regrets was that I didn’t record or write down all the incredible stories my grandmother told me about her life. There always seemed to be time to get around to doing that. There wasn’t. We should all make more of an effort to hear the stories of our elders before they are lost forever.

I understand that Warriors Of Erath, the book series Keri-Ann is obsessed with, and the movie adaptation which launches Jack’s career, is based on a short story you wrote years ago. Do you have any plans to explore making it in to a full length novel, or releasing the short story for your Eversea fans?

Yikes.

Great question. I would LOVE to. Do you think people would read it?? I might be too nervous to try it! If I did, I would re-write and expand it. My writing has grown since then. I’d never inflict it on anyone in its current form!

Over the course of the Eversea duo logy, Kerri-Ann develops confidence in her artistic abilities. Do you have any hidden talents you would like to share with us?

In a way, Keri Ann discovering her confidence in her artistry is partly about the confidence I developed in writing. If I tell you that writing Eversea, and then publishing it for public consumption was the most terrifying thing I have ever done, it would be a gross understatement. It’s still a terrifying rollercoaster of emotion to this day! The feelings you get from people’s reactions to something you’ve written is for me akin to having bipolar disorder. I can be flying high with confidence one minute to hitting the ground so hard the next, I feel I won’t ever get out of bed or type another thing. Maybe that part will get easier! I hope so!!

What are you able to tell us about the project you are  currently working on? * crosses fingers and whispers “please be Jazz and Joey’s story, please be Jazz and Joey’s story …” *

HAHAHA! Actually, I have been working on Jazz and Joey, but it looks like the UK publisher wants a whole new series. So either way, I can confirm you WILL be getting Jazz and Joey, but I’m not sure how soon. Definitely this year!
  
Like the BBLB team, and many of our readers, you are a busy mother . How on earth do you manage to fit your writing in around a busy home life? Do you treat it like any other job, 9-5 with set childcare, or is it a case of catching time whenever you can? How do you maintain your work-life-balance?

Wow, it’s hard, right?! I am always in awe of those I meet who seem to be managing it so smoothly. Maybe they think the same of me? It’s hard, and you don’t always get it right. I hope that even if I mess up and my kids feel a bit neglected sometimes, they’ll still remember that their parent, their mother, worked really hard to accomplish her dream, and that anything is possible if they set their minds to it. I write mostly when the kids are in school, so…not many words appear on a page between June and August.

One of the reasons we created Big Book Little Book was to share our passion for reading, not only the books we enjoyed,  but also those we love to share with our own children. Which books have you particularly enjoyed sharing with your own children?

When I was young I read the Willard Price Adventure series for boys which was at my grandmothers house (her youngest son’s (my uncle’s) old books). I was hooked and never looked back. I couldn’t wait for my oldest to start those! I found the whole series one by one on ebay, and he’s read them all and is now a voracious reader. He’s 9 and reads more and faster than I do. Thank goodness for libraries! I keep telling him not to give me the ending to Allegiant, but he threatens me with it daily! LOL!

Thank you so much for having me on your blog.

I hope you all see your dreams materialize in 2014!

natasha boysNatasha Boyd is a writer with a background in marketing and public relations. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and lives in the coastal Carolina Lowcountry, complete with Spanish moss, alligators and mosquitoes the size of tiny birds. She has a husband, two sons and a cat named Tuna. Eversea is her first full-length novel. To learn more about Natasha and her work visit her website (here) or Goodreads author page (here)

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New Year, New Adult Blog Tour: Eversea

Natasha Boyd
EVERSEA_4An orphaned, small-town, southern girl, held hostage by responsibility and self-doubt.
A Hollywood A-list mega-star, on the run from his latest scandal and with everything to lose.
A chance encounter that leads to an unlikely arrangement and epic love affair that will change them both forever.
When his co-star and real-life girlfriend is caught cheating on him with her married and much older director, A-list hottie, Jack Eversea, finds himself in sleepy Butler Cove, South Carolina. Jack hopes the sultry southern heat in this tiny coastal Lowcountry town will hide him not only from the tabloids and his cheating girlfriend, but his increasingly vapid life and the people who run it. He doesn’t count on meeting Keri Ann Butler.
Keri Ann has relied on herself so long, dealing with her family’s death and the responsibilities of keeping up her family’s historic mansion, that boys and certainly the meager offering of eligible boys in Butler Cove, have never figured into her equation. But fate has other plans. Suddenly face to face with the man who played the movie role of her favorite fictional character, Jack has Keri Ann yearning for everything she has previously avoided … and Jack must decide whether this funny, sassy girl is worth changing his life for, before his mistakes catch up to him.

When I agreed to read Eversea in preparation for my interview with Natasha Boyd. I was expecting a light and fluffy retelling of the cinderella story. What I discovered was a heart tugging, hot flush provoking, coming of age story

Although Jack is an adult who has been living in the real world( as real as Hollywood will allow), crafting a successful movie career, he has always been led and guided, cajoled and contracted in to increasing claustraphobic situations. He craves something more; independence to be himself, to lead his own life and make his own decisions.

While Jacks life has be controlled and contained by contractual obligations , Keri Ann has had to contend with her own agreement-although an informal one with her older sibling. While both have begun to recognised and become frustrated by their limitations, it is their meeting that is catalyst for change in both of their lives.

When I read the synopsis, I couldn’t help imaginging a particular Hollywood couple in the roles of Jack and Audrey. That all changed the moment I got to know Jack. OMG! Over the span of two incredible books Jack Eversea, has not only made it on to my list of book crushes, he has stormed up to the top of the pile.

You can read more about my favourite NA crushes over at Lola’s Book Reviews (here)

Holly swoon fest! When I read Eversea I decide that I had never read such a lip blighting, breath accelerating, hot non-kissing kissing scene- That is until Natasha and Jack pulled it out of the bag with Forever Jack! give us even more non- lip smacking swoons. What that boy can do with his hands! *fans self*

What I loved the most about Keri Ann was her determination to be her own woman. Despite at times being overwhelmed by Jack the celebrity (her reactions when ever she “realised” who she was with felt so normal)she never allows herself to be swayed by Jack’s status, she doesn’t take any crap, calls him out on his arrogance (sorry, confidence), she doesn’t want to be caught up with the Hollywood scene or have her fifteen minutes of fame. Once she finds the courage to step out of her comfort zone and really begin her life, she is determined to hold on to her own dreams and identity.

Eversea finishes on what I consider to be one hell of a clift hanger. This was definitely one of those time where I am glad to come late to the party. Rather than have to wait for publication,or even approval from netgalley, I was able to Immediately download ( I love ebooks) and start reading the sequel Forever Jack.

Verdict: I am a fully paid up member of the Jack Eversea fan club

Reviewed by Caroline

Publisher: Headline Eternal
Publication Date: December 2013
Format: eARC
Pages: 359
Genre: Contemporary romance
Age: New Adult
Reviewer: Caroline
Source: Netgalley
Challenge: British book
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Netgalley November: Week Three Round Up

netgalleynovember3Personal Target: To read and review eight netgalley titles and improve my approved/feedback rating

Number of books read this week: 2

Running total of books read: 7

Netgalley Approved-Feedback: 58.5 %

Currently Reading: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner

Feedback: Despite illness (my children’s and my own), last minute vlog filming (once my voice returned) and distraction in the form of John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars and Lisa Desrochers’ A Little Too Much, I am actually on track to fulfil my target of eight books! I have even managed to avoid the lure of Netgalley and have not requested any new titles *raises hand in anticipation of high fives*.

Crossing by Stacey Wallace Benefiel

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He stole her lipstick…and her heart. Twenty-year-old Dani Walker can’t believe her luck when she’s paired up with the gorgeous Liam Garrett as her Acting I scene partner – or when he ends up in her bed. Being a Plain Jane with a mouth on her hasn’t exactly served Dani well in the guy department. In fact, she’s had nothing but one night stands. Still, she lets go of her insecurities and falls for Liam, despite feeling like he’s holding something back. When Dani finally discovers Liam’s secret, she must learn the true meaning of accepting the ones we love for who they are, or risk losing the best thing that’s ever happened to her.

I don’t think that I am spoiling the book in anyway by talking about Liam’s big secret. One look at the title and the first line of the synopsis and most people are going to realise what forms the tension at the heart of the book. Then they are going to make a decision about wether or not the book is for them. If you find yourself uncomfortable with the subject matter, I really hope that you look beyond your initial nervousness and give Crossing a try.

At its heart Crossing is a well written and moving contemporary romance between a snarky, self deprecating, intelligent, and creative girl and the gorgeous boy who can keep up with her. A boy who just happens to enjoy wearing women’s clothing.

When I walk down the street with my short hair and my “uniform” of jeans and converse, I doubt very much that anyone is speculating on my gender identity, my sexuality or my femininity, In fact I doubt I warrant an initial thought, let alone a second one. A man walking down the street in feminine attire ?… A second glance is probably the best treatment he can expect.The other end of the wedge; discrimination? Ridicule? Suspicion? Fear? Violence?

I have witnessed conversations among intelligent and otherwise open minded individuals, who just cannot understand why someone would choose to dress outside of their perceived gender. Or at least why a man would choose to dress like a woman.I suspect that this has as much to do with the value society places on the feminine as it is to do with nervousness of the unknown.

In Crossing, the author took great pains to divorce Liam’s cross dressing from his sexuality and gender. Liam does not have a transgender identity, he isn’t described as “trying to pass as female” in fact he is in every other incidence portrayed as being very masculine. It is not about sex, or sexual fetishism . Both Liam and Dani are hetrosexual and while the physical side of Dani and Liam’s relationship appears to be stimulated by Liam’s cross dressing, my feeling is that for Liam it was less about the clothes he was wearing and more about Dani accepting him in his entirety. By Liam’s own admission, cross dressing for him is about syle and preference and a desire to wear and enjoy pretty things.

On the one hand you could see these choices as the author simplifying the issue or making it more palatable to a wider audience, either of which I find acceptable. The story is ultimately about love and acceptance and not an exploration of the complicated subject of cross dressing. On my part, I choose to believe that the author was creating a character which conflicts with as many preconceived notions as possible. I applaud Stacey Wallace Benefiel for writing Liam and Dani’s story and bring the subject of cross dressing in to mainstream YA literature.

Verdict: I think that it is safe to say that Crossing is a Marmite read. For my part I love Marmite and I loved this unique contemporary romance.

Publisher:Write Free
Publication Date:May 2013
Format: eARC
Pages: 154
Genre: Contemporary romance, Cross dressing
Age: New Adult/Mature YA
Reviewer: Caroline
Source: Netgalley
Challenge: Netgalley November

Legacy Of A Dreamer by Allie Jean
Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00074]Chantal Breelan’s past is a mystery, and her future is even more uncertain. She can’t recall why she had been taken from her parents, leaving an empty hole where her childhood should have been. When she
awakens from her nightmares, she’s left with terrible, violent images and believes something may have happened to her that her mind tries to forget. One night at a subway station, Chantal meets a young boy who flees to a dark subway tunnel, and she’s compelled to follow him. But this Rabbit Hole reveals a world
where reality is everything her nightmares have been forewarning.
Mathias is a descendant of an ancient being and beholden to wage an unfathomable war against an primordial evil, spawned by greed and spite. A powerful fighter, he and his brethren of Warriors vow guard the most precious, piercing light against the darkness –the females of their kind. The Warriors’ pledge is to find and protect their sisters and kin. Long have they fought, shedding sweat and blood, hoping that their struggles are not in vain. Yet in his sacrifice and service he may find life’s ultimate reward – a love to surpass all time.

Legacy Of A Dreamer is a difficult book for me to review. I feel as if I have just read two books, or at least the same book by two different authors.

On the one hand I loved the premise of this book. The plot was interesting and engaging and at times the narrative was vivid, atmospheric and deliciously creepy.

On the other hand, the execution of the plot just didn’t work for me. The dialogue felt forced and clunky and as much as I wanted to root for the relationship between the protagonist, Chantal, and her warrior protector, I just didn’t feel it.

Verdict: I’m in two minds about continuing this series. I really want to know what happens next, but I don’t think that the authors writing style is for me.

Publisher: The Writers Coffee Shop
Publication Date: June 2013
Format: eARC
Pages: 179
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy
Age: YA
Reviewer: Caroline
Source: Netgalley
Challenge: Netgalley November

Reviewed by Caroline

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Finding It

Cora Cormack

finding itKelsey Summers is looking for love in all the wrong places.
Spending a few months travelling around Europe – with no parents, no responsibilities and a no limit credit card – Kelsey’s having the time of her life.
But when she completely embarrasses herself in front of the hottest guy she’s ever seen, she soon realises there’s more to life than the next party.
What she doesn’t realise is that although she’s on a journey to find herself, she will end up finding The One…

Finding It is the third and final full length book in Cormack’s Losing it series*, set around a group of friends as they complete university and take the next steps in to their adult lives.

While each of these books stand on their own, and can be read in any order without any major spoilers, I really would recommend that you reading the entire series in order. Not only so that you can fully experience each characters development, but also that you don’t deprive yourself of a moment of Cormack’s book-hugging romance, smirk inducing wit, laugh out loud humour, or her ability to induce empathetic cringing.

Losing it focused on Bliss as she approached the end of her education and wrestled with which route she wanted her career to take (oh and she met and fell in love with a gorgeous English bloke, by the name of Garrick). Faking it found Cade adjusting to life off of campus (oh and he met and fell in love with a feisty, tattooed chick by the name of Max). In Finding It, Kelsey has decided to put off the inevitable, predictable life and her parents stifling expectations. Preferring to travel around Europe, to live in the now, to collect life experiences Kelsey is hunting down that elusive something more – and if she can do it at the expense and irritation of her father, so much the better!

When we were introduced to Kelsey back in Faking It (book 1) she was simply Bliss’s vivacious, if slightly abrasive friend. A gorgeous, sexually confident party girl, determined to aid Bliss in the losing of her virginity; fun but shallow.

While my confidence in Cormack’s ability to create likeable, relatable characters was boosted by the experience of reading Faking It (book 2) and falling for Cade, for whom I’d felt nothing but irritation in book one, I began Finding It, unsure if I could gel with Kelsey as the main protagonist.

Kelsey is a firecracker with an entertaining voice, a fun loving nature, and a warts and all honesty, which was immediately entertaining and likeable. Unlike the open books of Bliss and Cade, Kelsey’s is a much harder character to get to know, with a darker back-story than Cormack’s earlier protagonists. My commitment to Kelsey’s story however, was rewarded with a greater depth of character and deeper emotional involvement.

Gorgeous, mysterious, and strong, with an artist eye and a poet’s heart, not to mention a gentlemanly moral code despite the undeniable chemistry – Jackson Hunt is Cormack’s scummiest, most swoon worthy book boyfriend yet.

Like Kelsey, Hunt has secrets and a painful history. Unlike a lot of “damaged” love interests, meeting Kelsey is not the turning point in his recovery from his past. In fact that is one of my favorite elements of the book. Both characters have already taken steps to address their histories, and their dissatisfactions with their current lives prior to meeting. While Kelsey and Hunt’s relationship is one of facilitated healing and mutual support, it is not co-dependent. They are not reliant on each other to be whole.

AND… Finding It is a road trip book. I LOVE road trip books – protagonists discovering themselves while they discover new cities – Kelsey travels around Europe the way I wish I had, with an enviable fearlessness. Although I doubt I would have had the stamina, or liver capacity to keep up with all of Kelsey’s antics! She uninhibitedly meets new and exciting people, visits those out of the way (known only to the locals) places and dives (with only a little persuasion) in to unique experiences and once in a life time opportunities. She personifies a life is short/dance like no one is watching philosophy.

Cora’s Cormack’s books simply get better and better. I feel no hesitation in adding her to my list of authors whose work equates to an automatic pre-order. I cannot wait to read All Lined Up, the first installment in her new Rusk University series. Set in Texas and involving “three swoon-worthy football boys” its May 2014 release cannot come soon enough!

Verdict: Cormack has saved the best for last

* The series also includes two e-novellas; Keeping Her (Bliss and Garrick ) and Seeking Her (Kelsey and Hunt) due for publication early 2014 and available for preorder

Reviewed by Caroline

Publisher: Ebury Press
Publication Date: October 2013
Format: eARC
Pages: 320
Genre: Contemporary romance
Age: YA
Reviewer: Caroline
Source: Netgalley
Challenge: None
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