Jun 28, 2015

REVIEW: TEN BELOW ZERO by Whitney Barbetti

22529936“In here,” he said, pushing on the skin above my heart, “you're ten below zero. And you’re closer to death than I am.”
My name is Parker. My body is marked with scars from an attack I don’t remember. I don’t want to remember. I choose to live my life by observation, not through experience. While people are laughing and kissing and connecting, I’m in the corner. Watching them live. I’m indifferent to everything, everyone. The only emotion I feel with any kind of depth is annoyance, and I feel it often.
A text message sent to the wrong number proves to be my undoing.
His name is Everett, but I call him rude. He’s pushy, he’s arrogant, he crowds my personal space, and worst of all: he makes me feel.
He chooses to wear all black, all the time, as if he’s waiting to attend a funeral. Probably because he is.
Everett is dying. And he’s spending his final days living, truly living. In doing so, he’s forcing me to feel, to heal. To come face to face with the demons I suppressed in my memory.
He hurts me, he fulfills me, he completes me. And still, he's dying.


RULES
No drinking
Seat-belts
Everett is an asshole
We both pay
No falling in love
No talking about dying
No lying
no wearing all-black outfits
Sex all the time
Space
be open to new experiences
Be nice

FIRST OF ALL: THE COVER! It's gorgeous, and it portrays Parker and her story perfectly.
I never expected to love this book so much. I started reading it and couldn't stop. Parker is a bitch but she's difficult to hate. You can't help but love her, because she's real.

There was great character development and it took an original turn on a cliche topic.
It's not "Just a cancer story"
It's not "Just another road-trip book"
It's not about a broken boy and a broken girl healing.
It's so much more, and there's no way to make this book justice. 
It's Parker's and Everett's journey. It's how they make each other better and push each other out of their comfort zones.

Believe me, when you think you know where this story is going, the twists and turns will leave you shocked. I recommend this read to everyone. Be prepared for the emotional ride <3


REVIEW: ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE by Benjamin Alire Saenz

12000020Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

NON SPOILERISH PART OF THE REVIEW:
To be careful with people and with words was a rare and beautiful thing.
I have to be honest. When everyone was gushing about this book last year, all I could think about was "How a book about two boys being friends can be that good? They must be exaggerating."
I hate over-hyped books. I tend to wait until the buzz dies before venturing into the story. With this book I didn't.
I don't regret it. Not a little bit. It deserved all the hype it got.
I hated being volunteered. The problem with my life was that it was someone else's idea.
The writing was exquisite. It was a work of art. It was poetry. It was perfect, yet simple and engaging. It was addictive.
Another secret of the universe: Sometimes pain was like a storm that came out of nowhere. The clearest summer could end in a downpour. Could end in lightning and thunder.
I had a feeling there was something wrong with me. I guess I was a mystery even to myself.
I loved that the story was character driven since it showed better Ari´s emotional growth. I connected with him deeply, and I feel like I got to know him really well.
The thing is, Ari is the kind of boy you shouldn't like because he's a jerk. You can't help but love him, even if he's so angry at the world. You want him to find his HEA, because he's just confused and he deserves to be happy!
He's a good guy at heart.
But love was always something heavy for me. Something I had to carry.

Words were different when they lived inside of you.

SPOILERISH PART OF THE REVIEW:
This is a teenager´s struggle to come to terms with his sexuality, his journey towards acceptance. He finds his way in life, and accepts himself as he is.
The thing I loved the most is that you realize Ari's true feelings, and his sexual orientation, alongside him. It's a coming of age story where it almost seems like you're experimenting all these things with Ari.
I had learned to hide what I felt. No, that's not true. There was no learning involved. I had been born knowing how to hide what I felt.

Maybe we just lived between hurting and healing.

The summer sun was not meant for boys like me. Boys like me belonged to the rain.
What I liked the most was that they became friends first, and then lovers. I watched them grow and I LOVED THEM BOTH. As individuals. And once they got together? I loved them even more. The thing about this book is that the tension is palpable throughout the whole book, and just at the last minute, at the last page, at the last paragraph, everything comes together. It's beautiful.
I wanted to tell them that I'd never had a friend, not ever, not a real one. Until Dante. I wanted to tell them that I never knew that people like Dante existed in the world, people who looked at the stars, and knew the mysteries of water, and knew enough to know that birds belonged to the heavens and weren't meant to be shot down from their graceful flights by mean and stupid boys. I wanted to tell them that he had changed my life and that I would never be the same, not ever. And that somehow it felt like it was Dante who had saved my life and not the other way around. I wanted to tell them that he was the first human being aside from my mother who had ever made me want to talk about the things that scared me. I wanted to tell them so many things and yet I didn't have the words. So I just stupidly repeated myself. "Dante's my friend."
His family was super supportive, they had a great dynamic.The fact that they were latinos was executed beautifully, and I say this being latina so, job well done Benjamin Alire Saenz!
Sometimes, you do things and you do them not because you're thinking but because you're feeling. Because you're feeling too much. And you can't always control the things you do when you're feeling too much.
I bet you could sometimes find all the mysteries of the universe in someone's hand.
How could I have ever been ashamed of loving Dante Quintana?



Jun 16, 2015

INTERVIEW: Author RC Martin

QUICKFIRE ROUND:
A) Do you believe yourself to be an outgoing or shy person?
At first, I'm shy.
B) What do you prefer, salty snacks or sweet treats?
Mmmm....sw--no, wait salt--I mean...sweet?
C) What do you prefer, TV shows or movies?
Movies, I think. (These questions are hard!)
D) What's your favorite OTP? (OTP:A couple you ship and love together)
Seriously? No idea. Elizabeth and Darcy?
E) What's your favorite book ?
I don't have a favorite. But let's go with....Warm Bodies. It was beautiful.
F) What's the last book you read?
Big Bad Wolfe by Elle Doolittle
G) What's the most influential book you've ever read?
Haha. Um. The Bible?
QUESTIONS:
1) What inspired you to write "The promises we keep"?
I once had a friend, years ago, who was dating this guy. They decided to take a year apart from each other to decide whether or not getting married was what they really wanted. I thought that was crazy...I also thought it'd make for an interesting story.
2) What's your favourite genre to write and/or read?
Romance is my favorite genre to read. Any kind. (Well, I've yet to try paranormal or any combination of lovers that are not male/female. I'm sure I've got some in my TBR, though.) My favorite genre to write is New Adult Romance.
3) "The promises we keep" is written in four different POVs. Which characters were the easiest and hardest to write?
Avery was definitely the easiest. She's just so stinkin' cute with her endearing innocence. She sees love in this enchanting light and I love that about her; so it was easy to slip into her shoes and go.
On the other hand (and, mind you, I've written two novels since TPWK so I'm pretty certain this answer is correct...) Beckham was probably the hardest. He's the character that had the most growing to do. I had to handle him so carefully and the timing of his development was everything.
4) What are you currently working on? What can readers expect from your next book and/or future works?
I'm currently working on polishing book two in the series, titled Reckless Surrender. I want to have my ARCs ready by July! The Made for Love series is going to consist of five books; at least I think...unless more characters decide they have a story that needs to be told. As far as what you can expect, know that I will always tell THEIR stories. That's it. That's how I do it. I don't think you can expect the same from Reckless Surrender as you get in The Promises We Keep because the characters are so different from each other. So--yeah, expect different and new adventures in love.
Where can readers find you?
Facebook page
Fan page
Twitter
Goodreads
Website

Jun 9, 2015

COVER REVEAL AND AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: K. Renee

Cover Re-Reveal Banner Wayward Angel Ebook

Wayward Angel

Book 1 in the Wayward Saints MC Series

Cover Photo by Shauna Kruse of Kruse Images and Photography: Models and Boudoir https://m.facebook.com/KIPmodelsandboudoir
Front Cover Model: Tyler White
Back Cover Model photo: Deposit Photos
Cover Design: KLa Boutique
Wayward 

Angel

Synopsis:

What do you do when the one thing you want is against the rules? Anslie Davoli is the sixteen year old daughter of the President of the Wayward Saints MC, Cason Davoli. After her mom takes her away from the club at just five years old, certain circumstances bring her back into the club under her older brother's watchful eye. Brantley Insico grew up in the club. His father is What do you do when the one thing you want is against the rules? Anslie Davoli is the sixteen year old daughter of the President of the Wayward Saints MC, Cason Davoli. After her mom takes her away from the club at just five years old, certain circumstances bring her back into the club under her older brother's watchful eye. Brantley Insico grew up in the club. His father is the Vice President of the Wayward Saints MC. At twenty-one, he thinks he's got it all, the club, his family, and no woman tying him down. One family barbecue and his world is turned upside down. Brantley knows Prez's daughter is off limits, but he still craves her. Will Anslie and Brantley be able to stay away from each other, or will they have to deal with the consequences Please note: This book contains the following: kidnapping, rape, sex, drugs, and abuse.
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Wayward  Valentine Ebook

Wayward Valentine

Book 1.5 in the Wayward Saints MC Series

Cover Photo by Shauna Kruse of Kruse Images and Photography: Models and Boudoir https://m.facebook.com/KIPmodelsandboudoir
Front Cover Model: Tyler White
Back Cover Model photo: Deposit Photos
Cover Design: KLa Boutique
Wayward Valentine

Synopsis:

After being kidnapped, abused and having to watch the man she loved fight for his life, Anslie Davoli has finally gotten her happily ever after. Seven years after they met, Brantley Insico finally has everything he never knew he wanted. He has his boys and the girl of his dreams back in his life. Things are as perfect as they can be in a MC.
Valentine’s Day is here and Brantley wants to make sure that Anslie has the perfect day. He enlists the help of the twins and his parents. He’s got it all planned out and can’t wait to show her what she means to him. Can he make her day perfect of will it go down in flames?
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Wayward Soul Ebook

Wayward Soul

Book 2in the Wayward Saints MC Series

Cover Photo by Shauna Kruse of Kruse Images and Photography: Models and Boudoir https://m.facebook.com/KIPmodelsandboudoir
Front Cover Model: Tyler Robinson
Back Cover Model photo: Deposit Photos
Cover Design: KLa Boutique
Wayward 

Soul

Synopsis:

Can two broken people put each other back together again?
Casey Stewart has spent her high school years being picked on and never being enough for her parents. Starting college in Seattle is the opportunity she has been waiting for to shed her old image and create a new one. Casey is on the path to destruction. In a year, she has gone from the loner to the wild child. Can she be saved before she destroys herself? Alec "Gunner" Foster had a tough childhood. When his aunt and uncle step in and move him and his mom to Vegas, Gunner is finally able to be a kid again. Growing up with the VP of the Wayward Saints MC in Las Vegas, Gunner knew he wanted to be the some kind of man his uncle is. Dependable. Loyal. Fierce. With retaliation on his mind, can he stay true to himself and the first girl he's ever cared about? For mature audiences only. Contains violence and sexual encounters.
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