Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Review: If You Feel Too Much by Jamie Tworkowski

Title: If You Feel Too Much
Author: Jamie Tworkowski
Publisher: Tarcher
Publish Date: May 26th, 2015
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In 2006 Jamie Tworkowski wrote a story called “To Write Love on Her Arms” about helping a friend through her struggle with drug addiction, depression, and self-injury. The piece was so hauntingly beautiful that it quickly went viral, giving birth to a non-profit organization of the same name. Nine years later, To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA) is an internationally-recognized leader in suicide prevention and a source of hope, encouragement, and resources for people worldwide.

Jamie’s words have been shared hundreds of thousands of times online. They’ve shown up on T-shirts and posters and even tattoos. Now, for the first time, Jamie’s writing is available in the form of a book. If You Feel Too Much is a celebration of hope, wonder, and what it means to be human. From personal stories of struggling on days most people celebrate to offering words of strength and encouragement in moments of loss, the essays in this book invite readers to believe that it’s okay to admit to pain and it's okay to ask for help. If You Feel Too Much is an important book from one of this generation’s most important voices.

If You Feel Too Much by Jamie Tworkowski is a collection of short essays detailing Jamie's life, travels, projects and beliefs. It is Jamie's personal story, but feels very much like it could belong to anyone. Every person living their life with a question or a worry or a hint (or more) of sadness, of loneliness. The story told in If You Feel Too Much is Jamie's, but it has the power to touch, to connect to so many. To give hope, to spread love. It has the power to make a reader believe it's okay to ask questions, without trying to give them answers. IYFTM is just a man's thoughts and experiences, put to paper. Thoughts and experiences with the power to spread a message of love to anyone willing to listen.

Jamie has a gift for conveying his feelings about a situation, without airing all of his dirty laundry. He can make you sympathetic to an event in his life, without sharing too much. It's a gift that leaves you wondering "what" at times, but his stories are always relatable. His words don't need to be gossipy to engage the reader, and it was something I deeply appreciated about his writing.

It's an easy thing to slip from trying to use one's religious beliefs to impart hope, to coming off as self-righteous. In another writer's hands the stories within If You Feel Too Much could have become tedious or preachy, but Jamie Tworkowski treats God as a thing of beauty, not a thing of judgment or hate. His religious beliefs are solidly sold as his religious beliefs, not meant to be forced upon the reader, but taken as part of his view of the world. I enjoyed Jamie's candidness about his beliefs and would imagine that most readers, despite their own beliefs, can look upon Jamie's words and see the message in them. Hope and love.

Maybe you agree with Jamie's ideas and maybe you don't, but there's something inspirational that comes from being privy to someone else's thoughts. I don't read a lot of non-fiction, but whenever I do I'm always inspired in some way. Whether it's because I agree with them or passionately disagree, there's something to learn from everyone, and that is a huge part of Jamie's message. If you are a fan of non-fiction or, perhaps, need a little inspiration, a little hope, in your life, If You Feel Too Much is a journey through one man's life, and a sign that love and hope exist, if you'll allow yourself to see it.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Release Day Blitz & Giveaway: Scion by Kelly Oram

Happy release day to Kelly Oram and the third book in her Supernaturals series, Scion! There's a great bonus scene from Chameleon, book one of the Supernaturals series, below that you can read in its entirety at Kelly's website. Speaking of Chameleon, it's FREE on Amazon until April 18th, so make sure you grab your copy! 


Russ Devereaux used to have it all—loving father, beautiful best friend, carefree life in a town he loved, and strong magic. He was the king of his happy universe. Five months ago, that life was taken from him. Do not pass Go. Do not collect two hundred dollars. 

He’s spent months fighting back and building himself a new life, in a new city, with new friends he now considers family. But suddenly, his new life might be in jeopardy of getting shot straight to hell just like the last one. Literally, this time. 

He’s discovered power inside of him—an ancient, dark power that he shouldn’t have, can’t explain, can’t control, and definitely needs to keep secret. He needs answers, but before he can get them, he finds himself arrested and on his way to face the supernatural council. The same council that stole everything from him the first time. 

As Russ struggles to keep his new power under wraps, his old life and he new one are about to collide and it’s bound to be explosive. He may not have all the answers he needs, but one thing is certain: he’ll be damned if anyone is taking his new life from him. That is, if he’s not just plain damned.

Bonus Content:

Each book in the Supernaturals series focuses on a different character and is told in there point of view. Scion (Book 3) is Russ's story, and he is excited to finally have his voice heard. If you'd like to get a sneak peek inside of his head, please enjoy this bonus scene from Chameleon written in his perspective. It's the very first chapter of the entire series, so even if you haven't started the Supernaturals series yet, you can still read it. It's totally spoiler free! (And hey, then you'll know what you have to look forward to in book three!) Here's a short excerpt:
I was trying to make her nervous on purpose. My whole intent tonight was to make her see me in a new way. What better way to do that than to crawl into bed with her in the middle of the night? 
We hadn’t been in bed together since we were kids. Back when the fact that we were the opposite sex didn’t matter. It definitely mattered now. She looked so incredibly sexy at the moment that I could hardly think of anything other than the fact that I wanted to obliterate the word “friendship” from all known languages. 
“What happened to the Disney Princess nightgown you wore the last time we were in bed together? That was hot.” 
But not nearly as hot as the tank top and panties she was wearing right now.

Damn. I hadn’t expected her to sleep so risqué. I’d genuinely been prepared for Captain America pajamas or something, considering her infatuation with Chris Evans. But this…she looked… Double damn. Even if this plan totally backfired on me tonight, right now it felt like the best idea I’d ever had. 
As I took a mental picture of her, Dani finally realized she wasn’t wearing a bra and freaked out, pulling her covers up over her chest while glaring at me. If she hadn’t been awake before, she definitely was now. “You’d better have a damn good reason for being here or you’re going to be very sorry.” 
She was pissed but it was worth it. I gave her a pout. “Since when do I need a reason?” 
She opened her mouth to unleash a verbal tirade but I lifted a hand to stop her. I didn’t need to hear her rant. No lecture in the world was going to make me feel bad for sneaking in here and catching a semi-naughty glimpse of her. Am I shameless? Why, yes.

Yes I am. It’s one of my many talents.



Or you can get started reading the series now. Chameleon, the first book in the series, is available for FREE DOWNLOAD on Amazon April 14th- 18th. 

It's a limited time offer, so don't miss out on the promotion! Snatch it up, while it's free!

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About the Author:

Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen–a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which family and friends still tease her. She's obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and loves to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, four children, and a cat named Mr. Darcy.


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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Scion by Kelly Oram

I'm so excited to help reveal the cover of Kelly Oram's Scion, the third book in the Supernaturals series! As a huge fan of Oram's I'm excited about this one! Check out the cover below along with the blurb. And if you haven't started this series yet, give it a try. You won't be disappointed, with this series or any of her other books!

Russ Devereaux used to have it all—loving father, beautiful best friend, a carefree life in a town he loved, and strong magic. He was the king of his happy universe. Five months ago, that life was taken from him. Do not pass Go. Do not collect two hundred dollars.

He’s spent months fighting back and building himself a new life, in a new city, with new friends he now considers family. But suddenly, his new life might be in jeopardy of getting shot straight to hell just like the last one. Literally, this time.

He’s discovered power inside of him—an ancient, dark power that he shouldn’t have, can’t explain, can’t control, and definitely needs to keep secret. He needs answers, but before he can get them, he finds himself arrested and on his way to face the supernatural council. The same council that stole everything from him the first time.

As Russ struggles to keep his new power under wraps, his old life and he new one are about to collide and it’s bound to be explosive. He may not have all the answers he needs, but one thing is certain: he’ll be damned if anyone is taking his new life from him. That is, if he’s not just plain damned.


Not much to say about this cover besides it's awesome and LOOK. AT. RUSS.

What do you think of the cover?

Excerpt from Scion:

As we took the elevator up to the fifty-sixth floor my nerves reached an all-time high because of what I knew would be waiting for me when I reached the top. Or rather, who would be waiting. I glance at Duncan, trying not to let my panic show. “Are you taking us directly to the council?” 
“Yes.” Duncan eyed me suspiciously. “Is that a problem? It sounded like you guys wanted to get this over with as quickly as possible.” 
“We do,” Ethan assured him. 
I did, but that didn’t mean I was looking forward to it. I swallowed back the chunks that were starting to rise in my stomach and asked something I had to know. “Will she be there?” 
I avoided Ethan’s gaze and held my breath as I waited for Duncan’s answer. 
“She’s a member of the council now Russ, as is the Seer. They will both be there.” 
Of course they’d both be there. Because the universe hates me. “Does she know I’m here?” 
Duncan took a minute to answer me. “I thought it best not to warn her. She would have just agonized over it unnecessarily.” 
“Agonize over it?” That pissed me off. “She has no right to—” 
“You don’t understand. She’s been a wreck, Russ. I never even told her I saw you.” 
“She’s had no idea where I was this whole time?” For a second I felt bad. But then I remembered the way she clung to him when she said goodbye to me and I got angry again. 
Duncan sighed. “You asked me to keep her out of your life. If she knew where you were, she would have come looking for you. This is going to be very difficult for her. More so than for you I think. You seem to have moved on better than she has.” 
“I’ve moved on better?” I couldn’t listen to any more, and since I couldn’t really punch anything I kicked the side of the elevator. “She moved on before I left.” 
“Would you like to see her before you’re brought in front of the whole council? I can take you to a holding cell and tell her you’re here. The council would understand the delay.” 
“No.” That sounded like hell on Earth. “I don’t want to talk to her. I was sort of banking on never seeing her again. Lets just get it over with.” 
“It might make things go a little smoother if you got it out of the way before you’re questioned.” 
I laughed hard. “You think the council cares about questioning us? They’re going to do whatever they want no matter what Ethan and I say. To tell you the truth, Duncan, I don’t really believe they’re going to let us go. That’s why I came. If they’re going to try to kill Ethan, then they’re going to have get through us both.” 
Duncan laughed as the elevator doors chimed open. “Nobody is going to kill anybody. You’re always so dramatic, Russ.” 
As Duncan ushered us down the hall, I stopped hearing what he was saying. The consulate was fairly busy. There were people everywhere, but it wasn’t their stares that made my heart pound as I looked at them. I kept waiting for one of them to be a familiar face. 
Duncan gave me a sympathetic smile and shook his head. “The council isn’t what you think. They aren’t cruel monsters. Dani was an unfortunate case, so your perception of them is skewed. I promise you they can be reasonable, caring people. They want order and justice, and they will be fair. They’ll listen to your story. I honestly don’t think you’re in any danger.” 
“We’ll see,” I grumbled. 
I stumbled to as stop as we came to a set of large double doors. “Where’s Grace when you need her?” I gasped. Ethan glanced at me and I nodded at the doors. “Dani’s in there. I can already feel her energy.” 
“You want to hold my hand?” Ethan asked, holding out his cuffed wrists to me and batting his eyelashes. “I may not dissolve bonds, but I’m every bit as pretty as Grace.” 
I appreciated his attempt to give me crap. I needed the distraction. I was supremely messed up right now and he knew it. Joking might be the only way to get me through this. “Bite me.” 
We laughed, but the smiles left our faces the second the doors opened. Game time.


Giveaway:

Kelly is giving away 10 signed posters of the Scion cover, and one grand prize of all three books in the series so far (signed). Giveaway is international. To enter, help Kelly with her cover reveal by sharing the cover, passing along photo teasers, or making your social media profiles and avatars Russtastic. The more you share the better your chances of winning!

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About the Author:

Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen–a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which family and friends still tease her. She's obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and loves to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, four children, and a cat named Mr. Darcy.


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Monday, March 9, 2015

Cover Reveal: Snow White Lies by Sarah J. Pepper

Today is the cover reveal for Sarah J. Pepper's Snow White Lies, a NA fairytale romance which will be available April 26th, 2015. Make sure you mark your calendars!

Evil poisons everyone. Period. Our mouths water when we sink our teeth into what we have always craved. Surrendering to our desires by biting off delectable piece of the forbidden fruit is nothing more than a meager confession: Poison tastes sinfully sweet,” — Confessions of the Big Apple Debutante, by blogger Miss Snow White.


I'm intrigued by the cover and synopsis of this one. They're both vague, but allude to both modern and classic fairytale-like elements. The stark contrast of the red and black of the cover is really eye catching as well.

What do you think of the cover?

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Spotlight: The Starlight Chronicles by Lisa Orchard

Today I'm spotlighting Lisa Orchard's series, the Starlight Chronicles. The first book, Gideon Lee, launches the adventures of Lark Singer and her band Starlight. If you're like me and love a good rockstar story, check the Starlight Chronicles out!

Gideon Lee:

Lark Singer’s relationship with her mother is prickly to say the least. As she enters a musical competition that could launch her career, Lark also searches for answers her mother would rather keep hidden. Throw into the mix the fact her best friend Bean has been acting strangely, and Lark finds herself launched into uncharted territory. Will her quest for answers sabotage her musical aspirations?





Lark Singer:

Lark Singer is seventeen years old and already on the way to a brilliant music career. As she and her band, Starlight, gear-up for an upcoming, life-changing band competition, though, life seems to be throwing her a few curve balls. The mysteries of her past seem to be unraveling, and she’s no longer certain she wants to know those answers, or how knowing about her past will affect her difficult relationship with her mother. And when her best friend, Bean, changes things between them, all her plans for a musical future are placed in jeopardy. How can she balance her unraveling personal life to keep her musical goals on track?

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Starlight:

Everything is on track for Seventeen-year-old Lark Singer and her band Starlight. They have a great shot at winning the competition that can launch their musical career. But when Lark discovers they will be competing against her old nemesis Duane McIntyre things really heat up. How far will Lark go to win, and what will it cost her in the end?

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Blog Tour Review: Conspiracy Girl by Sarah Alderson

Title: Conspiracy Girl
Author: Sarah Alderson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Publish Date: February 12th, 2015
Rating:

Everybody knows about the Cooper Killings – the Bel Air home invasion that rocked the nation.

There was only one survivor - a sixteen year-old girl.

And though the killers were caught they walked free.

Now eighteen, Nic Preston - the girl who survived - is trying hard to rebuild her life. She’s security conscious to the point of paranoia and her only friend is a French Mastiff bulldog, but she’s making progress. She’s started college in New York and has even begun dating.

But then one night her apartment is broken into and the life Nic’s worked so hard to create is shattered in an instant.

Finn Carter - hacker, rule breaker, player – is the last person Nic ever wants to see again. He’s the reason her mother’s killers walked free from court. But as the people hunting her close in, Nic has to accept that her best and possibly only chance of staying alive is by keeping close to Finn and learning to trust the person she’s sworn to hate.

Fleeing across a snowbound New England, frantically trying to uncover the motive behind the murders, Nic and Finn come to realize the conspiracy is bigger than they could ever have suspected. But the closer they get to the truth and the closer they get to each other, the greater the danger becomes.

To survive she has to stay close to him.

To keep her safe he has to keep his distance.

You can't help but get sucked into Conspiracy Girl by Sarah Alderson right away. The story starts off with a bang and takes off like a rocket. Hackers, murderers, diamonds. Conspiracy Girl has everything you need for the makings of a great conspiracy... and and excellent read!

Finn is a master hacker who is not only a genius almost-FBI agent, but knows how to use his hacking skills to get the things he wants. Like say, "winning" a year's supply of Snapple! He's also the only one who can help Nic out when an old friend from the FBI delivers her to his apartment one night. It's up to Finn and Nic to figure out not only who's out I get her, but also the real reason her Mom and stepsister were killed a a few years earlier.

Nic is a strong young woman, but has been through so much that you can just see it on her. After surviving a home invasion that ended with the deaths of her mother and stepsister, Nic has led a hard life. She's developed OCD, has panic attacks and flashbacks whenever the attack is brought to mind. And now, years later, history is repeating itself on the worst possible way. The first time she was alone, a kid with no way to protect those she loved. But this time around she has Finn, even if he's the last person she ever would have thought she'd want helping her.

The mystery behind Nic's attackers is a good one and kept me intrigued. I read Conspiracy Girl in one sitting because I just couldn't put it down. It was full of non-stop action with just the right amount of romance to pull you in. I highly recommend Conspiracy Girl to fans of Sarah Alderson's previous books and to anyone looking for a great action-packed thriller!

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About the Author:

Sarah is the author of Hunting Lila (winner of the Kingston Book Award), Losing Lila, Fated, The Sound, Out of Control and Conspiracy Girl (all Simon & Schuster).

Having spent most of her life in London, Sarah quit her job in the non profit sector in 2009 and took off on a round the world trip with her husband and daughter on a mission to find a new place to call home (a journey that was documented on this blog and which is shortly to be turned into a book).

After almost a year spent travelling the world, they settled in Bali where they lived for five beautiful years before the vagabonding urge became too great and they decided to embark on Can We Live Here part two. They are currently located somewhere between India, London, Canada and the US.

As well as writing young adult novels and screenplays, Sarah also writes adult fiction for Pan Macmillan (Simon & Schuster in the US) under the name Mila Gray.

Her first adult novel, Come Back To Me, was published in June 2014. The second, This One Moment, will be out in August 2015.

Sarah has co-written the Hunting Lila screenplay, which is currently in the early stages of production, and continues to blog about her life and travels.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

The Book Gif Tag!

Wow, so... It's been awhile. Didn't mean to disappear on you guys! I'm super excited to be back and will be reviewing some books in the near future, but I probably won't be posting as often as I used to, at least not at first. Anyway, I was tagged by the amazingly awesome Nitzan at The Book Babe's Reads to do a Book Gif tag. So here we go!

1. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

At first I was all...


but then, by the time I got to the third book, I was like...


I'm probably going to read Shadow Study, the first book in a new series about Yelena and Valek Maria has coming out though because let's face it: the series was awesome, even if I got a little winded in book 3.

2. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

I've wanted to read this one for a long time now. I even have 2 books in the series. Haven't gotten to them yet, but I'm very excited to!


3. Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

I didn't even know this was a thing...


4. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green


I think that about sums it up.


So many conflicting feelings about Twilight. The first time I read it I was sort of like...


this is the best thing ever! But then the world's hate for it gets to you and you start re-examining your love for it.


And you see all these faults that you were blinded to the first time around. Yeah, it's not a perfect story, but when you're in the middle of it it's sort of magical.



I own this, but have not read it yet, because basically this...


7. This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

I own this one too and haven't read it either! The hardcover is super pretty and I've been tempted to pet it a few times though.


8. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

I'm going to admit, I can't even get past the synopsis of this one without getting totally confused.



It's been awhile since I read Ruby Red, but I remember loving it!


10. Being Jamie Baker by Kelly Oram

Being Jamie Baker was my first taste of Kelly Oram's amazingness and it was brilliant and just so...



Thanks Nitzan! This tag was so much fun and I'd definitely love to do it again! I might just start including gifs in my reviews after this  :) 

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