Saturday, July 21, 2018

Spotlight Saturday: Words We Don't Say by K.J. Reilly Coming in October 02, 2018



Synopsis:

Joel Higgins has 901 unsent text messages saved on his phone.

Ever since the thing that happened, there are certain people he hasn't been able to talk to in person. Sure, he shows up at school, does his mandatory volunteer hours at the soup kitchen, and spends pretty much every moment thinking about Eli, the most amazing girl in the world. But that doesn't mean he's keeping it together, or even that he has any friends.

So instead of hanging out with people in real life, he drafts text messages. But he never presses send.

As dismal as sophomore year was for Joel, he doesn't see how junior year will be any better. For starters, Eli doesn't know how he feels about her, his best friend Andy's gone, and he basically bombed the SATs. But as Joel spends more time at the soup kitchen with Eli and Benj, the new kid whose mouth seems to be unconnected to his brain, he forms bonds with the people they serve there-including a veteran they call Rooster-and begins to understand that the world is bigger than his own pain.

Goodreads:

Excerpt

Chapter 6

Here’s a bit more 

you should know about me:

My pop’s named Jackson.

My mom’s named Mary.

I have one brother who’s five years old and we call Jace.

Basically the things that I am good at, they don’t teach in high school. 

I don’t actually know what the things that I am good at are yet, ’cause other than playing video games or pulling a car engine apart and putting it back together again, I pretty much haven’t found any. But I know one thing for damned sure, it’s not the trombone or Euclidean geometry or diagramming sentences, or poetry.

Or gym. 

Or French. 

Definitely not French.

I can’t parlez-vous for shit.

Math is pretty much a dead zone too.

To give you an example, here’s something Mr. Monty wrote on the board in math class:

The average of four numbers is five less than the average of the three numbers that remain after one has been eliminated. If the eliminated number is 2, what is the average of the four numbers?

Even before anyone else finished reading the problem, some freshman called out, “The answer’s seventeen.” 

Here’s what I was thinking about when that freshman was figuring that the average of four numbers that is five less than the average of the three numbers that remain after one has been eliminated when the one that was eliminated was 2, is 17:

Eli.

Rocket ships.

Eli.

NBA 2K18.

Eli.

The pretzels in the cafeteria.

Eli.

Pretty much in that order.

Eli because she’s Eli and rocket ships because a SpaceX Falcon rocket just blew up at launch and NBA 2K18 because it has cool dribbling and hook shot features and I was going to play it all summer with Andy but that got ruined because of the thing that happened and the pretzels in the cafeteria because they should have more salt on them and also be free because sometimes you want more than one and you don’t have enough money with you, and then Eli again and again, just because she’s Eli.

Then when Mr. Monty started writing another meaningless-worthless-boring-ridiculous math problem on the blackboard that he said would be on the SAT, I started thinking that they should redesign the entire school transportation system and everyone should walk to school until eleventh grade and then they should give all of us our own cars with the money they saved on buses and bus drivers and bus headquarters and bus insurance and bus cleaning and bus gas and bus tune-ups and bus everything because the school bus is like an insane asylum on wheels and having your own car is cool.

I was thinking, maybe Corvette Stingrays for the seniors and Camaros for the juniors.

Then Mr. Monty said, “Joel, are you paying attention?” And I said, “No fucking way. I have far better things to think about.”

But I left off the “fucking” part and the “no” part and the “I have far better things to think about” part, too.

So, I pretty much said, “Yes, sir. I am paying close attention.”

Then he asked me to factor the equation he had written on the board. This is what it looked like: 

x2– 3 = 2x

I was thinking, there’s no way I know how to do that. And then I looked down at what I had written in my notebook so it looked like maybe I was trying to factor the equation and I had figured out that 114 Corvette Stingrays (that was how many seniors we had) at $55,450 a piece would cost the school district just about $6,321,300, and 97 Camaros for the junior class at $25,905 dollars each would cost $2,512,785, so together that was $8,834,085. I had recently looked it up on my phone and I knew that the whole transportation budget for the school district was just about exactly eight million dollars, so that basically meant we would have to be given less expensive cars.

Then I said, “With regard to factoring sir, I’ve got nothing.”

That annoying freshman had his hand up again, and he was frantically waving as if an alien had planted an exploding math pod in his head. Mr. Monty called on him and the kid said, “The answer is negative one and three.” He hadn’t even used a pencil to find it and we all knew he was right. I mean, come on, he was a freshman in eleventh-grade math.

Then Mr. Monty looked back over at me and he made that face that all of my teachers made when it was clear they weren’t getting through to me and they wished that they were. Or, maybe it was just that they were wishing that I was a different person or in a different class, or living in a different country like Estonia or Yemen or Kyrgyzstan,or maybe back in third grade, where they could start over and correct some of these problems before they even started.

Here are a few other things you should know about me:

Last December I got the lowest score you could get on the SAT. Apparently, the only thing I got right was my name.

I’m always surrounded by people, but I have no real friends. Not even one. At least not anymore.

The things most kids care about don’t matter to me.

And I think everyone I know has a horrible illness and is going to die any minute. Especially me.

Plus, I’m not tall enough or big enough for sports, except for the horrible sports like gymnastics and wrestling. I do not want to roll around with sweaty guys on a sweaty mat or hang from rings in tights. I would like to roll around on a sweaty mat with Eli, especially if she was wearing tights—or no tights—either way. In her case, I’m pretty flexible on the tights. But she’s not in my gym class, so that’s pretty much not an option.

I got suspended in the beginning of the year for hitting someone on the school bus, which is frowned upon. But believe me the kid deserved it. It was the second week of school and Benj Kutchner had just gotten on the bus at the corner of Adams and Hillsdale, and Anthony Pittsfield, who is known to everyone as the Pittster because he sweats so much that his shirts always have wet circles under the arm pits, stuck his foot out on purpose and tripped Kutchner for no reason and he landed flat on his face in the bus aisle. I was sitting two rows back and saw the whole thing, so I hopped up and decked the guy. Didn’t even really know Benj then either. I mean, I knew he was the new kid who probably killed his parents and that he was really annoying but that’s no reason to trip someone.

I also have 212 unsent text messages on my phone to Mr. Redman, the principal of Calf City High School—or CC, as we call it for short. 

I have 454 unsent text messages to Eli. 

And 235 unsent text messages to Andy.

The whole reason that I have all those unsent text messages stored on my phone is because Mrs. Wilson, the school psychologist who has no idea what she is doing, who I had to go see last year after the thing that happened with Andy, suggested that I write whatever I was thinking about in a journal, and I said, “No fucking way.”

Except without the “fucking” part.

Which pretty much means I said, “No way.” Politely.

As in, “I don’t think that would work for me, Mrs. Wilson, but thank you for the suggestion.”

But then I just started writing text messages on my phone like I was going to send them, except I stopped before I hit send and instead I hit save to draft. I got the idea after I saw this girl on a rerun of the TV show Shark Tank, which is where some people go when they invent shit and start businesses and try to get investors to give them money. This girl—who was sixteen years old just like me—invented an app called ReThink for kids’ phones and tablets and computers, so if they typed anything foul-smelling and atrocious or just flat-out nasty, a message would pop up on their screen: 

ReThink! Don’t say things that you may regret later!

It’s like a pause button for brains that don’t have pause buttons, which is pretty much everyone I know in high school. Anyway, the girl who invented the app said that she did a test and 93 percent of the time—or maybe it was 87.2 percent or 89.3 percent of the time, I can’t remember—kids deleted the bad message when that ReThink warning popped up. 

So basically she invented a way to put duct tape over kids’ nasty mouths and help stop cyberbullying, and when I saw that show, I decided that I was a total loser because I didn’t invent a way for kids to stop hurting each other. And then I decided that I could write text messages and not send them at all but not delete them either. It was sort of like I invented my own app to talk to people I wanted to talk to but couldn’t talk to for a whole variety of reasons that I won’t get into. That meant that I didn’t have to ReThink because I never hit send, which meant that I could pretty much say anything that I wanted to say without worrying about ReThinking, which would be a pretty cool app if you think about it and probably if I did a test 93 percent or maybe 87.2 percent or 89.3 percent of kids who used it would like it. I mean, who wouldn’t like to say anything they fucking wanted to, to anyone they fucking wanted to say it to, but then not say it and not delete it but just save it for later so you could see how screwed up and weird you were at some future date?

So I pretty much kept a journal like Mrs. Wilson said, just on my phone.

I’m thinking about maybe taking the idea to Shark Tank. I think all of the nice sharks would like it. Except the old, bald guy they call Mr. Wonderful just to be ironic, because he’s mean and wouldn’t get it. Plus he says, “You’re dead to me,” if someone won’t take his deal, which is no different than bullying. He probably sat in the back of the school bus in high school and picked on kids who had hair. Which was pretty much everyone.

Which is why we shouldn’t have buses at all.

Because of Mr. Wonderful on Shark Tank we should all be driving Corvettes and Camaros.


About The Author:

K. J. Reilly graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in psychology, then headed to New York City to work in the marketing research departments of several of the largest advertising agencies in the world. She loves reading, writing, dogs, sailboats, children of all shapes and sizes, and growing her own food. Sometimes We Gave Them Names is her debut young adult novel. 

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Monday, February 27, 2017

A Book Review For BOYSTOWN Season Five by Jake Biondi


Synopsis:

“‘They’re in the air. Everything went smoothly. After what I did to that plane, none of them will make it to California alive.’ Ben smiled as he turned around to look back toward the jet, now far away on the horizon. The passengers on board celebrated two upcoming weddings, completely unaware that their rejoicing would be cut short from the doom Ben had unleashed on them. Stars twinkled in the night sky as if welcoming the plane into heaven. The moon cast an eerie glow over the beautiful city beneath it.” -BOYSTOWN Season Four 

As rescue crews search for survivors at the site of the fiery plane crash, Logan Pryce is rushed to the hospital in an attempt to save his life. At the same time, Dr. Mateo Martinez works to save the lives of two men and Joyelle Mancini copes with the shocking results of her baby’s paternity test. 

While the Mancini and Ciancio families mourn the loss of family members, the past and present collide with the arrival of Camille Ciancio, a woman bent on revenge who wastes no time implementing her plan to destroy to the Mancini family once and for all. The loss of loved ones also brings former lovers together and tears others apart. Plus, the arrival of a stranger to Boystown impacts several residents in ways that alter their lives forever. 

Summer in Chicago sizzles with Pride celebrations, the excitement of Market Days, a memorable ground-breaking ceremony, and an unforeseen engagement. It all leads up to a double-wedding event that brings evil schemes to light and plunges the lives of many Boystown residents into peril. 

There’s no place like BOYSTOWN! 

Goodreads:


Review:

The Boys are back and there is so much going on between them. We have couples getting married and couples who break up. There are also new boys in town some stirring up the pot and others with lots of secrets.

Cole is modeling now for the Ciancio's fall line called Cio. Derek and Joyelle are friends after getting divorced and moving on to new relationships. Emmett is engaged to Max and Justin is engaged to Gino. As they get ready to get married the jet plane crashes and some of the people on the plane don't make it.

To make matters worse the Mancini-Ciancio fued is still going strong even though things were starting to look up. As usual you have your haters and your friends you can truly trust. But every couple is being tested to see if they can remain together or something else could be coming in between them.

The ending as always has me yelling at my kindle needing the next episode. These boys are like family to me and I hate to see them suffering. Some couples will make it and some couples won't. The ending had me on the edge of my seat chewing my nails.


About The Author:

Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, Jake Biondi fell in love with "The Windy City" at an early age. He left the Chicago area for four years to attend the University of Notre Dame, from which he graduated with degrees in English and Business. He was awarded the university’s prestigious William Mitchell Award for Playwriting. Upon graduating from Notre Dame, Biondi returned to Chicago where he attended and graduated from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He has been living in Chicago's Boystown neighborhood for over 20 years.

While studying literature, Biondi became a huge fan of Charles Dickens whose novels were originally released in installments, each ending in a cliffhanger to keep readers coming back for more. Because of his love of those novels as well as television dramas such as Dynasty, Knots Landing, Dallas, and Revenge, Jake Biondi decided to create a serialized saga for contemporary audiences. Thus, the BOYSTOWN series was born.

Biondi began BOYSTOWN in June of 2013 as an online story and intended to release one "episode" online per month, each ending in a cliffhanger. The story became so popular -- and the online reading audience grew so quickly -- that people from all over the country began to email him demanding to know what happened to their favorite characters and wanting the episodes to be released faster. They also had suggestions for future storylines. Excited by and grateful for his readers’ responses to BOYSTOWN, Biondi began to write and release installments more quickly. 

In November of 2013, Biondi moved BOYSTOWN offline and published the first ten installments in book form as BOYSTOWN Season One. The book became an international hit, with fans all over the globe clamoring for more. BOYSTOWN Season Two was published in July of 2014. Season Three was released on May 1, 2015, Season Four was released on November 13, 2015, Season Five was released on June 1, 2016, and Season Six was released on December 16, 2016.

Because of the popularity of the book series, fans have suggested that BOYSTOWN be turned into a television series. Biondi recently completed the TV scripts for the first season of BOYSTOWN and hopes to bring the series to television in the very near future. 

Welcome to BOYSTOWN. 

Friday, May 27, 2016

Around The World ARC Tour Presents an Early Review for This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1) by Victoria Schwab


Synopsis:

There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

Goodreads:


Review:

Okay this book was amazing I mean just amazing! I loved every minute of it. Victoria does such an awesome job at building a world that sucks you in and keeps you reading needing to know what is going to happen next.

Kate and August are complete opposites. They live in a world where violence breeds monsters real monsters. Kate wants to be like her father who is ruthless and takes no nonsense. He makes the humans pay for protection from the monsters. While August is trying to live a human life and not be the monster he should be. Being a monster is something he does not want to be.

When the two are thrown together and August wants to save Kate the two of them will have to make choices and decisions they never thought they would have to. Will they be friends or will they be enemies....... 


About The Author:

Facts:

Birthday: 7.7.87

Literary Agent: Holly Root at Waxman Literary

Film Agent: Jon Cassir at CAA

Publishers: Disney*Hyperion, Tor, Scholastic

Books: THE NEAR WITCH (2011), THE ARCHIVED (2013), VICIOUS (2013), THE UNBOUND (2014), EVERYDAY ANGEL #1, #2, #3 (2014-15).

The Story:

I am the product of a British mother, a Beverly Hills father, and a southern upbringing. Because of this, I have been known to say “tom-ah-toes”, “like”, and “y’all”. I also suffer from a wicked case of wanderlust, made worse by the fact that wandering is a good way to stir up stories. When I’m not haunting Paris streets or trudging up English hillsides, I’m usually tucked in the corner of a coffee shop, dreaming up monsters.

My first YA novel, THE NEAR WITCH, a dark original fairy tale, debuted with Disney*Hyperion in August 2011, and is now out in paperback.

My next YA novel, THE ARCHIVED, is the first book in a new supernatural series about a world where the dead are shelved like books, and it hits stores January 2013, also with Disney*Hyperion.

My first adult novel, VICIOUS, about two brilliant and highly disturbed pre-med students who set out to generate their own superpowers and end up mortal enemies, is out in hardcover from Tor September 2013.

I have more books coming out in 2014, but I’ll get to those later.

These days, when someone asks me what I do when I’m NOT writing, I just kind of laugh nervously. But in truth, on the odd occasion I’m not typing away, I’m probably baking cookies, or watching BBC shows, or wandering. (See how we came full circle, there?)

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Cover Reveal for RUSHING IN,The Blackhawk Boys Book 2 By Lexi Ryan, coming August 30th


Synopsis:

In the football world, quarterback Christopher Montgomery is known for his cool-headedness, his determination, and his steely self-control. He’s about to meet his match.

***

The favor seemed simple: Keep my new stepsister out of trouble for one summer.

I’ve never met Grace Lee, but Mom tells me she’s a quiet and artsy college student with a troubled past. When I agreed to let her stay with me, I thought it was no big deal. I expected to share my apartment with a sullen girl who’d spend hours locked in her room.

I didn’t expect a walking fantasy determined to make me lose my cool.

I didn’t expect a woman with secrets so dark, so deep, I’d throw away everything if it would save her from the past.

Rushing in to do this favor is turning my life upside down—and not just because Grace needs her ass spanked. Keep her out of trouble? Grace is the trouble. And I want in.

RUSHING IN is a standalone novel and the second in The Blackhawk Boys series.


Football. Secrets. Lies. Passion. These boys don’t play fair. Which Blackhawk Boy will steal your heart?

Book 1 - SPINNING OUT (Arrow's story) Available now!


Book 2 - RUSHING IN (Christopher's story)
 Coming August 30th

Book 3 - GOING UNDER (Sebastian's story) Coming late 2016

Read Book One in The Blackhawk Boys series, Spinning Out:








Monday, May 23, 2016

Around The World ARC Tours Presents an early review for And I Darken (The Conquerors Saga #1) by Kiersten White


Synopsis:

NO ONE EXPECTS A PRINCESS TO BE BRUTAL. 

And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.

From New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White comes the first book in a dark, sweeping new series in which heads will roll, bodies will be impaled . . . and hearts will be broken. 

Goodreads:

Review:

Holy mother lover what did I just read..... I mean I knew coming into this that it had some historical background but man the way that Kiersten has weaved this story had me on the edge of my seat. I mean I saw how long the story was but once I started reading I just could not put it down.

In this story we meet three main characters lada and her brother radu. They are ripped from their family and placed in the Ottoman court. Lada hates it and tries everything in her power to buck the system and escape this life. All her brother wants is a place where he can call home and feel safe and secure.

Then there is Mehmed who is the sultan's son. He really amps up this story because radu finally finds a friend but Lada is skeptical because he is the son of the ruler she hates. How can they be friends or anything else. This is where the story kicks off and is something so amazing I am going to stop with my review right now so I don't give it away but I will say that this is a must read book. I need book two like ASAP!!!!!!


About The Author:

KIERSTEN WHITE is the New York Times bestselling author of the Paranormalcy trilogy; the dark thrillers Mind Games and Perfect Lies; The Chaos of Stars; and Illusions of Fate. She also coauthored In the Shadows with Jim Di Bartolo. She lives with her family near the ocean in San Diego, which, in spite of its perfection, spurs her to dream of faraway places and even further away times. Visit Kiersten online at kierstenwhite.com and follow @kierstenwhite on Twitter.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Sunday Book Spotlight for Marie's World: The Aftermath by Kristal McKerrington


Blurb: 

Marie finds herself exposed, forced to face the aftermath of having her life turned over to the public. This is not all that she must face as she repairs her relationship with her estranged husband and strained family. She finds herself uncovering a war that will see her betrayed by those she trusted the most. Everything has yet to come to ahead but when it does her heart might never recover.

Synopsis: 

Marie has returned to her estranged husband to take down the plans to ruin her family. Things are not going to go as planned for her as she starts to also keep the threads of her career from coming undone for good.

 She must 
keep the dance show going, take her husband into it while he gives her a job in a senior role of the company and 
she must keep the dance studios running with her half sister. 

Her father is in dire states that she must go out of her way to help him adding to the pressures and strains she must endure thanks to her sister Layla. 

Marie is living with the aftermath of her life being exposed and she shares some of these secrets that are coming out through her journal entries. She also shares more of the schemes that she is trying to understand as she discovers a three side war that her sisters seem to be sucked into. Three men who hate each other are going to destroy a lot of lives on their path to victory and Marie is trying to protect those she cares about the best she can. 

When Marie is betrayed for the second time it turns deadly and she almost pays a much higher price than she can afford. She soon realises how to end the war that has begun and no one is going to like the outcome or how she does it. 


Pre-Order the book until the 17th of May then its on sale. Print comes out on the 17th of May as well. 

#mariesWorld2 - is the hash tag we are using. 

http://bookgoodies.com/a/B01FDYGFKG - will take you to the person's local amazon site for the book.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Around The World ARC Tours Presents an Early Review of The Leaving by Tara Altebrando


Synopsis:

Six were taken. Eleven years later, five come back--with no idea of where they've been.

Eleven years ago, six kindergarteners went missing without a trace. After all that time, the people left behind moved on, or tried to.

Until today. Today five of those kids return. They're sixteen, and they are . . . fine. Scarlett comes home and finds a mom she barely recognizes, and doesn't really recognize the person she's supposed to be, either. But she thinks she remembers Lucas. Lucas remembers Scarlett, too, except they're entirely unable to recall where they've been or what happened to them. Neither of them remember the sixth victim, Max. He doesn't come back. Everyone wants answers. Most of all Max's sister Avery, who needs to find her brother--dead or alive--and isn't buying this whole memory-loss story.

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Review:

OMG This book is a thriller /suspense book and so much more all wrapped up in one book. I wanted to read this book because of the cover. After seeing the cover and reading the synopsis I knew I wanted to read this book and I was not disappointed.

This story is told from 3 POV's one from Scarlett, One from Lucas, and One from Max's sister. The story all starts out when six kindergarteners are taken and are gone for 11 years. When five of the kids come back they don't remember much let alone why they were taken and what happened to the six classmate that went missing Max.

When they return Max's sister wants to know what happened to him and wants to know whether or not he is alive or dead. She doesn't by the story of the other teens that they don't remember much. She wants her answers and wants them right now.

As Lucas and Scarlett tell their story you get this thriller/suspense story that is amazing and a must read.