Review: No Sex in the City by Randa Abdel-Fattah

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Title: No Sex in the City
Author: Randa Abdel-Fattah
Publisher: Saqi Books
Date of Publication: June 21, 2013

It is a truth universally acknowledged ...Esma is a modern Muslim woman with an age-old dilemma. She is well-educated, well-travelled and has excellent taste in music, but the hunt for Mr Right leads her to a number of Mr Wrongs.

Together with wild-haired Ruby, principled Lisa, and drop-dead gorgeous Nirvana, Esma forms the No Sex in the City Club.

Her quest for The One (or Mr Almost-Perfect) was never going to be easy, but soon enough it takes an unexpected and thrilling detour.

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My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Thank you to Maya and The Book Depository for the review copy! Still, this in no way affected my views of the novel.

I love anything that starts with "It is a truth universally acknowledged..." and when I read the first sentence of No Sex in the City, I was sure I'll love it. And love I did! Oh my, this is chick-lit at its best.

Esma is a Turkish Muslim living in Australia and she's a successful careerwoman. However, at 28, she's still hasn't found Mr. Right. Pressured by her parents to settle down, Esma, along with her feminist and OH-SO-AWESOME friends, go on a journey to find the one. So I wouldn't share much because the fun is in the hijinks. This was such an enjoyable read and I was laughing so much. And the best part of this novel is the characters! I love everyone.

I highly recommend this novel for chick-lit fans and for contemporary romance lovers!

(Sorry for the short review! Will update this after I get some sleep!)

About Randa Abdel-Fattah

Randa lives in Sydney with her husband and their two children. She works as a litigation lawyer. She is the award-winning YA author of Does My Head Look Big in This?, Ten Things I Hate About Me, and Where The Streets Had a Name.

National Book Store goes on a HUGE SALE! + NBS at the Manila International Book Fair

National Book Store’s biggest book sale of the year is here! Get up to 70% off on your favorite books in National Book Store’s Cut Price Book Sale. Enjoy huge discounts on bestsellers, sequels and new releases from August 30 to September 8, 2013 in all National Book Store and Bestsellers branches. Read more and spend less in the Cut Price Book Sale. See posters for details. Per DTI-NCR Permit No. 8368 Series of 2013. Follow National Book Store on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@nbsalert) for updates on events, promos and contests.

National Book Store at the 34th Manila International Book Fair

The National Book Store booth is bigger than ever as we celebrate the love for reading at the 34th Manila International Book Fair, the country’s biggest and longest-running book fair, from September 11 to 15 at the SMX Convention Center.

Get big discounts on textbooks, educational supplements, general references, religious and inspirational titles, self-help books, management books, Filipiniana, coffee table books, popular novels, children's books, art books, graphic novels, rare and hard-to-find titles, magazines, multimedia, teaching supplies and services, publishers' technology, and travel materials.

Enjoy freebies and giveaways, pick-a-prize promos, workshops and seminars, demos and contests, mascot visits, and other activities by All About Scrapbooking, BIC, Disney Art Attack, Dong-A, Post-it Notes, Scotch, Sharpie, Titus, Faber Castell, Mongol, Stick-ee and Hallmark Cards.

Meet and greet, and have your books signed by local authors Jaime Licauco and Cory Quirino, Haveyouseenthisgirl for Diary ng Panget, Jomike Tejido for Foldabots, Elbert Or, Tin Belen, Liza Flores and Hubert Fucio for Lola Basyang, Alexander Lacson, Pol Medina for Pugad Baboy, Marcelo Santos for Para sa Hopeless Romantic, Aivan Reigh Vivero for Fan Girl Meets Superman, Ricky Lee, Nicole Hyala and Chris Tsuper for Tambalan Nicole Hyala at Chris Tsuper: The Philippines’ Most Popular DJs, Bianca Bernardino for She’s Dating the Gangster, RJ Ledesma, Mina Esguerra, Papa Jack for Everything I Need to Know About Love I Learned from Papa Jack, Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo for Trese, and Ian Sta. Maria and Mervin Ignacio for Skyworld.

Plus! Join New York Times bestselling authors Melissa de la Cruz, Alyson Noel and Margaret Stohl for a book signing event on September 15, 2 pm. Registration starts at 10 am. Only the first 200 registrants will be given signing slots.

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Stacking the Shelves (28)

So this is my physical books haul from July 27 and the whole month of August! Since I'm so lazy, I didn't include the ebooks I got but I got a lot, especially from a certain Lauren Blakely. Haha!


Thank you to Angie of Tor Teen, Kat of Simon and Schuster UK, Maya of The Book Depository, Sam of Headline, Sandra of Pan Macmillan Asia, Caroline of Strange Chemistry, Ben of Headline, Tina of Abrams and Chronicle UK, Hachette UK's Weekend Reads, Joyce of Scholastic Philippines, Lizzie of Orion Books, Alison of Egmont USA, Jessica of Puffin Books, Darren Shan, Krystal and Rachel of Live to Read, Marie Landry, E.M. Tippetts, M.K. Harkins, Rebecca Berto, Kate Evangelista, Kai of Amaterasu Reads, Kate of The Bookaholic Blurbs, Kiera Cass, JB, Chad and everyone from National Book Store!

Spotlight + Giveaway: Life, Love, & Lemons by Magan Vernon

Friday, August 30, 2013

Life, Love, & Lemons
Title: Life, Love, & Lemons
Author: Magan Vernon
Publisher: Beautifully Broken Books
Date of Publication: August 20, 2013
Genre: contemporary YA romance

When life hands you lemons, sometimes you have to say screw the lemons and bail.

Seventeen-year-old Bentley Evans had it all. Then her Dad got laid off.

Now she has to move across town to a small apartment and leave her life of luxury for public school and a job at the local burger place. Just when her world seems like it's crumbling she finds solace in the unlikely punk boy next door, Kai Stone. But as their relationship blossoms, a jealous ex-girlfriend and a secret to tell that threatens to bring disaster back into Bentley’s life.

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“Are you okay?”

I sat on the cold tile floor of the break room with my head between my grease stained knees. The last person I expected to come back and check on me was Kai.

In my frenzied cry I somehow managed to blurt out that I female problems and that got Jason to find someone else to do the sweeping. No guy ever wants to fight that one and Jason’s face turned red when I mentioned it.

“I’m fine." I sniffled, hoping that Kai would just go away. I wanted to be alone. How could my friends have done this to me? It was bad enough that I already lost my house, my school, and now some of my best friends since grade school. To top it all off I had some kid with hot pink shoes acting like I was the one with issues.

“Well obviously you’re not." He reached his hand out toward me.

I crossed my arms firmly over my chest. “I don’t need your help." It came out whinier than I intended.

Instead of walking away, he just plopped down beside me and spread his long legs out next to mine.

“You can only try and make lemons into lemonade for so long before you just have to say, screw the lemons, and bail." He stretched his arms out over his head.

I couldn’t help but smile. “I didn’t think anyone but me actually used that expression.”

“Well looks like you were wrong." He slowly stood up and turned to face me. “Now c’mon and let me show you what else you’re wrong about.”

As I looked at him, I didn’t know what came over me. Maybe it was just my girl emotions working overtime or maybe it was his pleading puppy dog eyes, but for some reason I took his hand and followed him out the back door.

“So where are we going?" I questioned, letting go of his hand as soon as we got outside. I was really glad we exited out the back so no one saw us. I really didn’t want people getting the wrong idea. Kai was a nice guy and everything, but I knew the other co-workers would have a field day if they saw us together. Luckily it was just my little red mini and a giant orange car in the parking lot.

“Just get in and you’ll find out," He said conspiratorially and opened the passenger door of the giant orange thing.

“What is that?" I pointed at the car, tilting my head.

“This would be my car, a Ford Falcon." He motioned again for me to get into the car.

Slowly I approached the car and got in as he slid over the hood of the car to the driver’s side.

“Isn’t that like something out of Star Wars?" I asked as he got in and started the car.

“No, that would be the Millennium Falcon, and that would be Star Trek." He smiled and pulled out of the parking lot.

“Sorry, I’m not up on my geekery." I laughed and I held out my palms toward him.

“It’s okay I didn’t really expect you to be." He slid his long fingers over toward me. I thought he was going to reach for my hand but instead he turned on the stereo, letting a loud screaming guy’s voice blast over the speakers.

“Ugh!" I put my hands over my ears and screeched, “What is that?”

Kai sighed and turned down the music. “It’s the Circle Jerks, you know Punk Rock.”

I shook my head. “Never heard of them, maybe you have something else that I might like." I reached up into the CD visor and browsed through his CD’s. Bad Religion, The Misfits, Dead Kennedys —All these bands I had never heard of and sounded really depressing.

“How about we just turn on the radio?”

“You’re kind of demanding you know that?" Kai looked at me out of the corner of his eye and leaned back in his seat.

“Gee, you’re such a charmer," I mocked. “But seriously, where are we going anyway?”

“It’s a surprise,” he said mischievously, smiling as he turned down State Street.

“Okay," I said and pulled my uniform top over my head.

“JESUS, what are you doing?" Kai swerved the car and almost hit the curb in the process, causing me to almost bounce my head off the dashboard.

“Ugh!" I folded the shirt in my lap and then ran my fingers across the straps of my white tank top that I had on underneath. “I just didn’t want to show up to wherever we were going in my uniform; what did you think I was doing? Trying to strip down in the Star Trek car?”

“I don’t know." He shrugged. “I thought the Falcon had some magical powers or something.”

About Magan Vernon

Magan Vernon is a Young Adult and New Adult writer who lives with her family in the insurance capital of the world. She is in a very serious, fake relationship with Adam Lambert and constantly asks her husband to wear guyliner. He still refuses. She also believes her husband is secretly an alien, disguised as a southern gentleman.


Review + Giveaway: American Girl on Saturn by Nikki Godwin

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Title: American Girl on Saturn
Author: Nikki Godwin
Date of Publication: August 29, 2013
Genre: contemporary YA
The summer after graduation is supposed to be that first real taste of freedom - but not for eighteen-year-old Chloe Branson. Just as that breeze of freedom is making its way into her galaxy, her secret-service-agent dad drops a meteor-sized bomb of bad news on her and her sisters. An attempt has been made on the lives of Canadian boyband, Spaceships Around Saturn, during their USA tour, and the guys have to go into hiding ASAP. The only problem? In the midst of the crisis and media frenzy, their dad volunteered to hide the their house.

Six-year-old Emery is as ecstatic as any self-proclaimed Saturnite would be, but Chloe and her seventeen-year-old sister Aralie watch their summer plans crash and burn like a falling star. The SAS guys aren't happy with the situation, either. Bad boy Jules picks fights with Aralie about everything from his Twitter followers to his laundry, and heart-throb Benji can't escape Emery's fangirlisms for more than three minutes.

But after the super-cute Milo kisses Chloe during a game of hide-and-seek, she finally understands what Emery means when she talks about SAS being "out of this world." If this is what Saturn feels like, Chloe doesn't want to come back to earth.
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My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (and loves and kisses and hugs and a screaming fangirl in me)

Thank you to Nikki Godwin for the eARC! Still, this in no way affected my views of the novel.

I don't even know how to start this review. I don't think I can justify how much I love this novel. JUST. HOW. MUCH. 

AMERICAN GIRL ON SATURN is the boyband fangirl's Holy Grail on living the dream. If you've found yourself dreaming of being with a boyband member at any point in your life, you can live that fantasy in this novel. Living vicariously through the Branson sisters? OH YEAH!

About Nikki Godwin

Nikki Godwin is a Young Adult/New Adult author. She is a city girl who can't live without Mountain Dew, black eyeliner, Hawthorne Heights, and candles from Bath & Body Works. When not writing, she's not-so-secretly stalking her favorite bands. She may or may not completely love One Direction.

{Blog Tour} Review + Giveaway: Addicted to You by Colina Brennan

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Addicted to You
Title: Addicted to You
Author: Colina Brennan
Date of Publication: June 25, 2013

When twenty-one-year-old Leah Carter's latest one night stand burglarizes her apartment, her roommate forces her to attend therapy for sex addicts. Leah insists she isn't a sex addict; she just doesn't do relationships. After all, sooner or later, everyone lets you down.

At first, the group sessions are little more than an education on how to be promiscuous. Until she meets the newest addict—blue eyes, killer body, and a smile that tempts relapse.

Psychology student Will McLean is posing as a fellow addict while researching a case study on unusual addictions. But the more he learns about Leah, the more certain he is that his desire to break through her walls and unearth her secrets has nothing to do with his assignment.

As the uncertainties spike alongside the sexual tension, the only thing Leah knows for sure is that falling in love would be disastrous. Too bad love might be one addiction she can't kick.

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My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Thank you to Giselle of Xpresso Book Tours and Colina Brennan for the review copy! This in no way affected my views of the novel.

Truth be told, I think this book warrants four stars. It was well-written, the characters were engaging and the plot was both familiar yet fresh. However, all throughout the novel, I was detached from the story and from the characters. I get where everyone's coming from and I fully support them and I want them to grow. But it was as if I was watching the characters and the story from a distance. I wasn't THAT immersed in the story and I didn't feel like I was there with them. This is all because of me though and I'm pretty sure most of you will enjoy this novel. I think that if I wasn't in that mood the day I read this, I would have given it four stars.

So what made me so detached from this novel? First, when I read that Will was Scottish, I groaned. It's just that I guess I've had my fair share of hot Scottish men in NA. Then I've also had my share of girls who pretend they don't care at all or derive intimacy not from emotions but from physical contact. But what's great about Addicted to You is that even though these characters have been done before, they were still enjoyable to read. Addicted to You is a short read and I read it so fast as the pacing of the story was wonderful and the characters, even with my initial issues, were fantastic. Will was sweet and swoony and Leah was grumpily awesome. She has sass and her quips were fantastic. Her friendship with her best friend was top-notch as well. Her motherly relationship with her younger brother was so touching too.

Moreover, this is my first sex addiction story. And while Leah isn't truly a sex addict but more of a no-relationship gal, I truly appreciated how Colina Brennan discussed and featured actual sex addicts in the story. Family issues are present as well in this novel as both our hero and heroine have dysfunctional families. It also tackled gender and sexuality and any novel dealing with that has brownie points from me.

But my favorite aspect of the novel was how their romance bloomed. Leah kept on pushing Will away while Will kept on trying to get Leah to take a chance on him. Will's a psychology student and I dig how he gets Leah not only because he studies people's behavior but because he also has almost similar experiences and that he sees right through her. While the novel is short, their romance didn't feel rushed. I also adored the secondary characters and how they ultimately helped Leah and Will get together too. Finn is the best!

Overall, Addicted to You was a not-so-graphic, well-plotted, enjoyable and satisfying new adult novel that packed several issues into its short run. I definitely recommend this to contemporary new adult romance fans!

About Colina Brennan

I’m a new adult author with a love for the fantastical and the romantic. My new adult contemporary novel ADDICTED TO YOU will be available June 25.


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Review: Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

I've been lucky to be able to read this gem before its release date. But before we get to my review, I just want to say that YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK NOW. It comes out today and so, no need to wait! You can buy it now! Moreover, David Levithan is donating $2 out of every copy sold before September 10 to The Trevor Project, an organization that supports queer youth. You can read all about it in David Levithan's website here. So for now, let's get to my review!

Two Boys Kissing
Title: Two Boys Kissing
Author: David Levithan
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Date of Publication: August 27, 2013

New York Times bestselling author David Levithan tells the based-on-true-events story of Harry and Craig, two 17-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record—all of which is narrated by a Greek Chorus of the generation of gay men lost to AIDS.

While the two increasingly dehydrated and sleep-deprived boys are locking lips, they become a focal point in the lives of other teen boys dealing with languishing long-term relationships, coming out, navigating gender identity, and falling deeper into the digital rabbit hole of gay hookup sites—all while the kissing former couple tries to figure out their own feelings for each other.

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My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Thank you to Lauren of Random House and to NetGalley for the review copy. This in no way affected my views of the novel.

I actually got the egalley of Two Boys Kissing way back in April. I don't know how I did it but I held back from reading it because I would be even more stressed if I read the book and I can't talk about it that much and that I don't have anyone to talk to. So I decided to read it closer to its release date. And there goes another reason why I hate myself. How. can. I. have. postponed. reading. this?!?!?!?!?!

David Levithan is my favorite author EVER. Ever ever. So any book of his is a must-buy for me and he's an auto-buy author for me. But being a bad fan, I actually didn't know a lot about Two Boys Kissing. I knew it's about two boys kissing but I didn't know that it's told in the perspective of a chorus of dead gay men. I absolutely had no idea. So imagine my surprise when I read the summary in the egalley. I thought, "uh oh". But once again, what a bad fan am I for doubting David Levithan or doubting myself that I'll love his novel? Oh my, did I love it? Does the sun rise from the east? OH HECK YEAH, IT IS.

It might take some getting used to but Two Boys Kissing is told in the perspective of a chorus of gay men who died of AIDS during the AIDS epidemic. I honestly don't know that there was an AIDS epidemic and TBK certainly made me research on that. The chorus watches over these several gay kids and imparts advice and shares their own stories too. The chorus follows Harry and Craig, Ryan and Avery, Tariq, Cooper and Peter and Neil. These boys are gay but they're different from each other and their situations vary. Harry and Craig were once a couple but now, they're trying to break the Guiness World Record for the longest kiss, which is well past thirty-two hours. They are the focus of the novel as we follow this big event and how everyone is related to this event. We also glimpse the life of the other gay kids as they try to surpass different obstacles - coming out, the uncertainty of the first date and loving.

What I thought wouldn't work was apparently the best element of this novel. Aside from being an omnipresent narrator, the chorus is also a character with so much depth. The chorus has emotions, regrets and memories. As they've already went through all of what our characters are going through, they provide a lens in which we see the story. Not only are we able to connect with the characters, we're also able to connect and sympathize with the chorus. Though the stories of these kids are not entirely entwined with one another, they were still connected and I think it's a stroke of genius in how David Levithan did that.
Once again, I was floored by David Levithan's prose. Beautifully written but with just simple words, David Levithan just knows how to pack a punch into his words. I don't know how long I cried but I was crying most of the time I was reading it. Crying and smiling and sometimes swooning. I wanna hug the chorus, I wanna hug my gay friends right now, I wanna just show the world how much love they deserve. How much love all people deserve. David Levithan has successfully written characters you'll empathize and who you care for. I just want all of them to be happy. Even though there were lots of characters, no one felt like a cardboard cut-out. Everyone was a complete character with a background, an identity, a way of speaking, humor and everything. 
Two Boys Kissing was utterly heartbreaking and bittersweetly perfect. Reading it was like reading a diary as it relayed events and showcased such personal emotions. Only this diary encompasses a lot of stories, so many facets, types and set-ups where love bloomed, love is and love was. I'm a loud crybaby but with this book, I sobbed quietly all the way. Two Boys Kissing is too beautiful, too much. By far, I think this is the best LGBT book by David Levithan. He certainly outdid himself and that's saying a lot because David Levithan is the pinnacle of YA fiction for me. I recommend Two Boys Kissing to EVERYONE. There is no excuse, this book should be read by all ages.
About David Levithan
David Levithan (born 1972) is an American children's book editor and award-winning author. He published his first YA book, Boy Meets Boy, in 2003. Levithan is also the founding editor of PUSH, a Young Adult imprint of Scholastic Press.

Review + Giveaway: Two Roads by L.M. Augustine

Monday, August 26, 2013

Two Roads
Title: Two Roads
Author: L.M. Augustine
Date of Publication: August 26, 2013

The only person poetry-loving Cali Monroe hates more than herself is Logan Waters, the geeky kid who lives in the dorm building next to hers.

Ever since Cali's parents told her she would amount to nothing, she has felt entirely inadequate. Friendless and alone, she takes on the mean girl role in hopes it will make her feel better--and Logan serves as the perfect target. He infuriates her with his obnoxiously long lashes, his all too perfect dimpled smile, and his complete lack of personality outside of his intelligence. It doesn't hurt that he's part of the reason her brother is dead, either. So Cali hates him, and he returns the favor. Thus, their prank-filled, insult-driven rivalry is born, and torturing Logan quickly becomes the highlight of her life.

But when Cali's parents set them up on a blind date, she begins to realize Logan might not be as boring as she always thought. He shares her love of poetry, takes a sadistic pleasure in making fun of crepes, and he makes her blush when he calls her smile pretty.

And hey, maybe those long lashes of his aren't that obnoxious after all…

Two Roads is New Adult Romance about finding love, standing out, and learning to embrace who you are. It contains some language and mild sexual content.

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My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Thank you to L.M. Augustine for the review copy! Having received a review copy did not affect my views in any way.

At first (the first chapter, actually), I had a hard time connecting with Cali, our heroine. See, Cali has this mean girl facade going on. She's supposedly friends with mean, shallow girls like her and she's supposedly sleeping with a different guy every day. Now, I've had my fair share of heroines fronting as a bitch to cope and/or not to be hurt. So when I realized that this is yet another one of those, I sighed and reluctantly trudged forward. Moreover, she has this rivalry going on with Logan, her dead brother's best friend. And rivalry in here means insulting one another, calling each other names and pranking. Legitimate pulling on pranks on each other. I was like "Girl, you're TWENTY" and "Dude, you're TWENTY-TWO". It's oozingly obvious that they like/love each other and they're covering it up as hate and all I want is for them to get past everything and just kiss each other. Haha! I think this is my first love-hate relationship romance so I don't know a thing and that made me have all these doubts. But all of my doubts faded after the first chapter.

By the second chapter, I turned into an enrapt reader. I can't stop reading and in fact, I technically read this in a day. The pranks and insults they did on each other became funny and endearing and even cute. I started to understand Cali and I was even sympathetic to her. Bit by bit, I ended up rooting for her and cheering her on. And this wouldn't be possible without Logan and his obnoxiously long eyelashes.

Logan is a geek, a nerd and oh-so-cute. His verbal sparring with Cali was enjoyable to read and his pranks are top-notch too. If there's a person who can take Cali down a peg, it's Logan. Sure, he wears geeky shirts and loves math but he's not your usual geek. As Cali discovers, he actually has a nice body (tall, lanky and toned OH MY) and he's fun to be with. Super fun. My enjoyment (and the number of times I squeed) of the novel increased as I got to know Logan and in return, Cali as well.

Cali starts to see Logan in a different light when their parents partnered them off to a blind date. She realizes that he isn't really so bad but she has hated him for so long that it took so much time for their romance to progress. Yes, this is a slow-burn romance but it was well-done and so satisfying. I love how we gradually saw Cali's defenses and walls breaking down and how Logan was the one to break them down. Sure, I had moments where I just want them to realize that they lurve each other and kiss and jump on each other's bones but I'm a sucker for the build-up as well. It was such a joy to read.

Two Roads is told from the point-of-view of Cali so along the way, we know exactly what she thinks and how she feels. But the fact that it was told in Cali's perspective did not hinder the development of the other characters and it certainly wasn't the Cali show. We got to know Logan pretty well also and he's absolutely the star in this novel. I do admit I have a weakness for geeks in novels, especially smart-mouthed and quick-witted ones who are tall, lanky and toned, but Logan was more than that. He hates crepes and he loves poetry as much as Cali. Which brings me to one of the top reasons why I utterly like this novel, POETRY.

I'm no poetry expert but I do appreciate them. I subscribe to daily poems, I took a poetry appreciation class and I generally like them. So when one of my favorite poems, I Carry Your Heart With Me by E.E. Cummings was featured, I think I gasped a bit and grinned while my heart pitter-pattered. And it's Logan's favorite poem too and uhm, can I order my own Logan? Then he also writes poems, analyzes them, ah, stop it, my heart's on overdrive!

I do wish more poems were featured but I think some might not appreciate if there were more so it's cool. The plot is a bit predictable but it's this sense of familiarity that's so comforting that it made me read this in a breeze. It's a quick read and I was actually shocked that I was already halfway when I reached the half mark. It's just easy to read and you won't realize the pages are flying by.

The poems the author wrote to include in this novel were great as well and aaaaaaww, so sweet. This novel is a new adult novel since the characters are in college but it's pretty tame and clean. Actually, it is clean. No graphic descriptions or anything. So for those wary of that, I give this a clean bill of pure sweetness. As for topics it dealt with, Two Roads have its fair share of grieving and family problems so it's not fluff.

With a sweet romance and sweet poems to boot, Two Roads is a clean, quick and enjoyable contemporary NA romance between a girl hiding behind a bitch-girl act and a guy with obnoxiously long eyelashes who hates crepes. Sounds cute and fun and aaaaaww-inducing? It is.


In the spirit of sharing the love for poetry, I'm sharing one of my favorite poems by one of my favorite poets. It's a short one too.

A Remedy for Insomnia
Vera Pavlova

Not sheep coming down the hills,
not cracks on the ceiling—
count the ones you loved,
the former tenants of dreams
who would keep you awake,
once meant the world to you,
rocked you in their arms,
those who loved you . . .
You will fall asleep, by dawn, in tears.

I'll leave you to absorb that one and I won't comment much. After all, appreciation is subjective. <3

About L.M. Augustine

L.M. Augustine is a YA romance author who is obsessed with writing about dorky teenagers, love, and happy endings. He currently lives in New England, where he spends far too much time reading books and screaming at his computer, and he believes that the solution to the world’s problems can be found in chocolate cake. Click To Subscribe is his first novel, but it won’t be his last.

Spotlight + Giveaway: Seduce by Missy Johnson

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Seduce (Beautiful Rose, #0.5)
Title: Seduce (Beautiful Rose #0.5)
Author: Missy Johnson
Date of Publication: August 8, 2013

Twenty-five year old Jack Falcon doesn't do relationships, and why would he when he has woman after woman literally throwing themselves at him? For Jack, life is perfect just the way it is. He works hard and he plays harder.

Jack’s life changes when he meets Belle. Unlike any woman he’s ever met, there is something about this girl that makes him unable to keep away, something beyond the youthful beauty and her innocent spirit. Belle is strong and independent, a big leap from the usual brainless chicks he tends to attract.

Jack begins a dangerous game. He is determined to seduce Belle, and without realizing it, his feelings for her develop beyond anything he has ever felt before. Things become complicated when he learns there are good reasons as to why he should stay the hell away from her.

How can you stay away from someone you want to spend every waking minute with? And what do you do when you know eventually you will destroy that person?

As their feelings for each other deepen, Jack struggles with his own internal demons which threaten to rip them apart. Jack is torn between following his heart and listening to his head, which keeps telling him he is not good enough for her. She deserves better than what he can give her.

How far will he push before they both fall over the edge?

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Love fucks you up, which is why I didn’t do relationships. Relationships lead to love and being in love opens you up to the possibility of getting hurt. Love rips your chest open and puts your heart out there to be broken. It makes you vulnerable and puts you out on display until eventually it rips through you like an emotional hurricane and destroys you. I’ve seen what love can do to people.

About Missy Johnson

Missy lives in a small town in Central Victoria with her husband, and her confused pets (a dog who think she’s a cat, a cat who thinks he’s a dog…you get the picture).

When she’s not writing, she can usually be found looking for something to read.


Spotlight + Giveaway: All In by Marta Brown

Saturday, August 24, 2013

All In
Title: All In
Author: Marta Brown
Date of Publication: May 21, 2013

On the picturesque island of Martha's Vineyard, there are two kinds of residents. Locals and Stays.

Local boy, Lane McCarthy, plans on spending his summer working at the country club to save money for college in the fall, while summer stay, Ashley Whitmore, and her elite group of friends are only there to play.

As the summer heat goes up on the island, so does the ante, when both Lane and Ashley must decide what they’re willing to wager in order to follow their dreams… and their hearts.

With stakes as high as the surf, and hopes as high as the midday sun, will they risk everything and go all in?

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When we step outside of the ice cream parlor, Lane reaches over and wraps his hand around mine, making me feel warm all over, despite the cool breeze coming off the ocean.

We walk down the boardwalk hand in hand, our arms swinging between us, and I can’t stop my blush each time I catch Lane staring at me, and then giggle each time he catches me sneaking a glance at him too. Both of us with silly grins on our faces.

As we turn the corner, at the edge of the boardwalk, right in front of us is a perfectly preserved turn of the century carousel.

I gasp at its beauty. How have I never been here before? Although, a community carousel is the last place that my parents would ever think to bring us. A ride on a schooner is more their speed.

The carousel is covered in small bulbous lights that cast a warm glow over the richly colored horses, each with a different face and intricate carvings on their saddles. The sounds of children and parents laughing intertwine with the carnival style music coming from the ride, and I can’t stop myself from hopping up and down on the tips of my toes like a child.

Lane chuckles, gripping my hand tightly, as we watch the ornate horses spin around and around and up and down until he points at a big brass ring when it spins by. “If you can grab the ring the ride’s free. Come on.” He gives me a smile and like a couple of kids we run along the side of the carousel until we both grab hold of the ring and hoist ourselves up and onto the ride, laughing and out of breath.

I move to a stationary white horse wearing a deep red saddle and without saying a word Lane lifts me up, in one swift motion, and sets me down so I’m face to face with him riding sidesaddle. He grips the horse’s gold post with one hand, and I can’t help but admire his sinewy arms, lean and strong.

“You are so beautiful,” he says, looking into my eyes as he brushes his thumb against my cheek with his other hand. His sincerity takes my breath away.

I wrap my arms around his neck drawing him closer until he’s standing between my legs. His soft smile fades into a smolder as he leans forward, causing my breath to hitch with the anticipation of his lips on mine.

I close my eyes as he closes the short distance between us achingly slow. My heart skips a beat when I finally feel the warmth of his lips press against mine. He tastes like ice cream and smells like summertime, and I suddenly wonder if the swirling I feel is from the ride or from his kiss.

He pulls away slightly before wrapping his hand around the base of my neck and pulling me into his lips again, making me certain of one thing.

I’m swirling, and it’s definitely from his kisses.

About Marta Brown

Marta Brown grew up in the Pacific Northwest and was a teenager when Doc Martens, Pearl Jam and flannel were the norm and Dylan loved Kelly forever. (Beverly Hills 90210 shout out)

She still lives just outside Seattle, now with her husband and cat, and loves the rain.

When she’s not writing about cute boys, first kisses and the magic and wonder of being seventeen, she’s watching The CW. And she sleeps in. Late.


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