The Color Project by Sierra Abrams

Book Review #122

Title: The Color Project 

Author: Sierra Abrams

Publication: Gatekeeper Press

Genre: Contemporary, YA, Romance

Format: e-ARC

Release Date: July 18, 2017

Pages: 464 pages



Bernice Aurora Wescott has one thing she doesn’t want anyone to know: her name. That is, until Bee meets Levi, the local golden boy who runs a charity organization called The Color Project.

Levi is not at all shy about attempting to guess Bee’s real name; his persistence is one of the many reasons why Bee falls for him. But while Levi is everything she never knew she needed, giving up her name would feel like a stamp on forever. And that terrifies her.

When unexpected news of an illness in the family drains Bee’s summer of everything bright, she is pushed to the breaking point. Losing herself in The Color Project—a world of weddings, funerals, cancer patients, and hopeful families that the charity funds—is no longer enough. Bee must hold up the weight of her family, but to do that, she needs Levi. She’ll have to give up her name and let him in completely or lose the best thing that’s ever happened to her.

For fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson, THE COLOR PROJECT is a story about the three great loves of life—family, friendship, and romance—and the bonds that withstand tragedy. 

I am so happy and grateful that I got the chance to read this book early. Thank you so much again, Sierra!!!

This book is…how do I even begin to describe it? It is beautiful, inspirational and also it has so many swoony moments that makes my heart so happy to read it. I love the fact that not only Bee discovers and find love but also uncovers her true passion of becoming a florist. I have never read a story where the main character is one so it intrigues me very much. 

Shall we get to the most interesting part? Yes, we shall now. I’m talking about LEVI, if you haven’t realised already. I, too like Bee was curious why someone who fixes cars would wear such vibrant clothes. And how he got so happy explaining and pretty much only by mentioning The Color Project. He is definitely a Precious Heart to me and hopefully to all of you who read it. I would definitely want to be a part of such a life changing project like that. It is too good to be true. 

I can’t deny that there were a few moments where I just feel like slapping Bee for being so stupid. Yes, I get that she’s going through such a hard time but the way she reacts to it won’t solve anything. I guess in a way she just needs time to embrace and be completely truthful to herself. 

I can’t be more happy reading this book. It seems that the more I think about the story, the more it struck me how good it is. It is such a brilliant book about love, discovering yourself and to embrace every inch and every part of you, both the good and the bad. I think that everyone should go and read this book because I highly highly recommend it. You’ll go through heartache, awestruck and a hint of love. 

Rather Be (A Songbird Novel #10) by Melissa Pearl

Book Review #120

Title: Rather Be

Author: Melissa Pearl

Publication: Createspace

Genre: NA, Romance

Format: e-ARC

Release Date: May 8, 2017




Love can last a lifetime…

Best buds in high school, Charlotte (Charlie) Watson and Nixon Holloway were inseparable … until the summer after graduation, when things in their relationship shifted and it all fell apart.

Four years later, their paths cross at a snowbound New York airport, and it doesn’t take long for them to realize that time and distance has done nothing to extinguish the flame between them. But life has moved on. Nixon has a girlfriend, and Charlie must face up to the lasting consequences of what she let happen that dreadful summer.

In a secret attempt to make amends, Charlie suggests a spontaneous road trip from New York to LA. As usual, Nixon can’t resist her persuasive charm and so they hit the road together. But as the duo make their way across the country, they are both forced to face some honest truths about themselves, their present lives, and all of the unfulfilled dreams they’ve let slip by.

Each of them can see the course their lives are taking … but is there someplace else they’d rather be? And will they have the courage to fight for the person they would rather be with?

I have to be honest and say that I was slightly disappointed by the last story in the Songbird Novel – the story of Charlie and Nixon making way for another to fit in their love in this big and scary world. I guess I just had way far fetched expectations and it didn’t quite reach there although it comes very close to the border. 

I like how vibrant, colourful and wild Charlie is and how she’s so headstrong to live her own life. I feel like I’ve seen this kind of plot way too many times. It starts with the parents of the boy interscepting with their son’s life, threatening and claiming that they’re only doing it to protect their son. Even though I can understand a bit why they’re doing it, I’d still refuse to understand it because everyone carves their own life and their own plans. Just as Nixon is supposed to do. 

Being travellers for your daily job is a dream come true for me and I can definitely relate this aspect with both of them. Doing what they love, pursuing it and actually living it – I just can imagine it. It’s beautiful. 

As much as the author can’t wait to move on from this beautiful set of stories, I’m in it with her too. I really look forward to discovering and reading more of her works as I think I’ll always be. 

The Witches Of The Glass Castle by Gabriella Lepore

Book Review #119

Title: The Witches Of The Glass Castle

Author: Gabriella Lepore

Publication: Oftomes Publishing 

Genre: YA, Paranormal, Fantasy

Format: e-book

Release Date: April 18, 2017

Mia’s life is thrown through a loop when she discovers her family secret — that she and her brother Dino are witches. After they are sent away to study their craft, they begin down a path that will change their lives forever.

Suddenly thrust into a world where handsome warriors command the power of nature and people’s thoughts and actions can be manipulated at will, Mia and Dino struggle to navigate their own allegiances and do what they know to be right when everything around them seems beyond their control. 

This book definitely has a different take on a witches novel and I have to say that I enjoyed myself while reading the book. Its totally different than what I have ever read, with the coven and especially the hunters. They intimidate me at first, just as it intimidated the Arcanas. 

Throughout the story, Mia envelope a lot of circumstances and has to make herself adapt with the situation. I’ll have to say that she got it hard – life got her hard. But at the end, its all worth it as things start to make sense and the people around her actually see her for what she’s worth. 

I thought that Dino was just being in a situation where he’s at the wrong place at the wrong time but I was wrong as it was so much more than that. The truth is hard, add up the fact that he was constantly manipulated for what Tol wanted. 

Let’s not even begin with Colt, shall we? Or we shall? Okay, I will only say a bit about him. He resisted so hard to fall in the temptation of Mia but men will always be men. No exceptions. Even as a hunter. I read him as a typical brooding main hero in a book and he is exactly that. No further explanations. 

To wrap it up, I am curious to see what other circumstances land on Mia’s feet. Because I know in my gut that things just won’t end right there. Of course, I have theories in my mind but they’re just that. Theories. Hopefully, I’ll get myself to pick up the second book in the duology because I’d really like to know what happens next. To know what happens with all the characters in the story. 

Who She Was by Stormy Smith

Book Review #121

Title: Who She Was

Author: Stormy Smith

Publication: Perfect Storm Publishing, LLC

Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary 

Format: e-book

Release Date: May 4, 2017

Pages: 320 pages


Trevor Adler loathes the music he used to love, but it’s the key to his full-ride scholarship and the ticket away from his dysfunctional parents. To kick off their freshman year, Trevor’s roommate drags him to a frat party, where he ends up face-to-face with his childhood best friend and finds himself entrenched in memories he’d rather forget.

Unable to let Charlie go again without understanding the truth of why she disappeared from his life and chose to become the type of person they always hated, Trevor is relentless in his pursuit of the girl he once knew.
Charlotte (Charlie) Logan is broken. Under her perfectly-crafted exterior are the shards of a shattered heart. A handful of angry words changed her life completely and Charlie’s never been able to forgive herself for the truth she’s hidden from everyone.

While Trevor pushes Charlie to remember the music that lit her soul and the laughter they shared, they find themselves reverting to a banter-filled rhythm that feels all too familiar, yet different now. When Trevor’s own secrets come to light, it becomes clear he and Charlie both must face their tragic pasts if they have any hope at a future together. 

I received an advanced reader copy of this book from the author. 

I am going to be straight to the point. I didn’t see and feel the connection between the two main characters. I find that they have too many issues weighing them down and only realise their affections right towards the very end. 

Although, the idea of a friend to lover is enticing if it is weaved through with a flow but for this book, not so much. I guess I had such high expectations about the story and it just didn’t quite reach it. 

The plotline is interesting but it still wouldn’t win the pro against my cons list. I’d still look forward to what the author has to offer in her new stories with new possibility of characters. 

Perfect | Release Day Blitz



I am so excited that PERFECT by Cecelia Ahern is available now and that I get to share the news!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Cecelia Ahern, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for 2 sets of finished copies of FLAWED & PERFECT courtesy of Fierce Reads and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.



















Title: PERFECT (Flawed #2)
Author: Cecelia Ahern
Pub. Date: April 4, 2017
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 352
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook, eBook
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SYNOPSIS 

Celestine North lives in a society that demands perfection. After she was
branded Flawed by a morality court, Celestine’s life has completely
fractured–all her freedoms gone.

Since Judge Crevan has declared her the number one threat to the public, she has been a ghost, on the run with Carrick–the only person she can trust.

But Celestine has a secret–one that could bring the entire Flawed system crumbling to the ground. A secret that has already caused countless people to go missing.

Judge Crevan is gaining the upper hand, and time is running out for Celestine. With tensions building, Celestine must make a choice: save just

herself or to risk her life to save all Flawed people. 

And, most important of all, can she prove that to be human in itself is to be Flawed?




















Title: FLAWED
Author: Cecilia Ahern
Release Date: April 5, 2016
Pages: 368
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook, & audiobook


SYNOPSIS 

Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the

impossibly charming Art Crevan.

But then Celestine encounters a situation in which she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found FLAWED.

In her breathtaking young adult debut, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts
a society in which perfection is paramount and flaws are punished. And where
one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.


Excerpt

Chapter
Eight

            They stay there for
three hours.
            My muscles burn, my feet
ache, but I’m afraid to move.
            When the fire has
reduced to a smolder, Granddad and Dahy are ordered to place the bundles of
food onto the coals. The farmworkers watch from their orderly line, their F brand armbands all visible on their
right arms, just above their elbow.
            This was supposed to be
a celebration, a coming together to show that the Guild couldn’t beat them
down. Now the Whistleblowers themselves are here. Hiding behind the tree,
huddled on the ground, hugging my legs, shivering from the damp forest, I can’t
say that I feel empowered. This feels like a defeat.
            Granddad and Dahy cover
the food with the soil so it will cook under the ground in the heat. Granddad
looks at the ground, his work finished, as though he’s buried me alive. Again I
want to call out to him that I’m okay, I made it out, but I can’t.
            A phone rings and the
female Whistleblower takes it. She steps aside, walks away from the others, so
she can talk in private. She moves closer to me in the woods. I tense up again.
            “Judge Crevan, hello.
It’s Kate. No, Judge, Celestine isn’t here. We’ve checked everywhere.”
            Silence as she listens
and I hear Crevan’s voice from where I stand. Kate walks farther and stops by
my tree.
            I press my back to the
tree, squeeze my eyes shut, and hold my breath.
            “With all due respect,
Judge, this is the Guild’s sixth visit to the property and I believe Mary May
was meticulous in her search. We’ve checked everywhere you can imagine. I don’t
believe she’s here. I think the grandfather is telling the truth.”
            I can hear the
frustration in her voice. They’re all under pressure to find me, pressure
placed on them by Judge Crevan. Kate takes a few more steps, right into my
eyeline.
            She slowly scans the
forest, her eyes searching the distance.
            Then she looks right at
me.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 










At twenty-one, Cecelia wrote her first novel PS, I Love You, which was sold to forty-seven countries. The film of the same title, directed by Richard LaGravenese and produced by Wendy Finerman productions, starred Hilary Swank,

Lisa Kudrow, Kathy Bates, Gerry Butler, Harry Connick Jr, Gina Gershon and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. PS, I Love You was one of the biggest-selling debut novels of 2004, reaching number 1 in Ireland and in the UK Sunday Times bestseller
list. It was also a bestseller throughout Europe and the USA, staying on the best-seller list in Germany for 52 weeks.

That same year, in November 2004, her second book Where Rainbows End (as Rosie
Dunne hardback in the US, Love, Rosie paperback in US) also reached no.1 in
Ireland and the UK, remaining at the top of the Irish bestsellers list for 12 weeks and again was a bestseller internationally.  Where Rainbows End was adapted for film titled Love, Rosie and will be released in Oct 2014, starring
Lily Collins and Sam Claflin.

Her third book If You Could See Me Now was published in November 2005 and also became an international bestseller. It has been optioned by producer Simon Brooks, producer of Love, Rosie.

Cecelia’s fourth novel A Place Called Here (published under the title There’s No Place Like Here in the US) also became an international number one bestseller.

Thanks For The Memories her fifth novel was also a huge bestseller and is now being adapted for a TV Drama Series by Gate Productions.

The Gift was published in October 2008 and became an International bestseller. It is optioned by Oscar winning producer Andreas Bareiss, and it is going into production later this year.

Her seventh novel The Book Of Tomorrow was released in October 2009 and eOne
Television are developing it for a TV series in the US.

In March of 2011 her two short stories, Girl in the Mirror were published.

In November by Cecelia’s eighth novel The Time Of My Life was published and
also became a bestseller.

Her ninth novel One Hundred Names was published in October 2012 and became a
number one bestseller.

Her tenth novel How To Fall In Love was published last November and also became
another bestseller.

To date Cecelia has sold over 22 million copies of her books worldwide.

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New World Inferno | Cover Reveal

Title: New World Inferno

Author: Jennifer Wilson

Publication: Oftomes Publishing 

Genre: YA, Dystopian 

Release Date: September 12, 2017


Worlds collide in the third and final installment of the gripping New World Series by Bestselling Author Jennifer Wilson.

Returning to discover their home engulfed in the flames of Tribal war, Phoenix, Mouse and Triven find themselves facing the impossible. A civil war has consumed the city of Tartarus, but with The Wall coming down in sixteen days, they have been given the impossible task of uniting the Tribes to face Fandrin’s army. Can Phoenix unite the murderous clans she has spent her life evading or will they turn on her before the real battle has begun? 


JENNIFER WILSON

As a child Jennifer loved getting lost in the stories of others, but struggled greatly with reading. A notoriously slow reader who stumbled with words and spelling, Jennifer shied away from books, leaning heavily on musical theater and movies to get her inspirational fix.

 It was not until in her mid-teens, when a persistent friend convinced her to read the Harry Potter series, that Jennifer found her love for the written word. J.K. Rowling’s books opened doors not only to the fascinating world of a young wizard, but to a life filled with a multitude of literary friends and fantastical worlds. Once a timid reader, Jennifer now devours books and loves getting lost in a new series.

 When Jennifer is not writing, she is enjoying life in Colorado, rock climbing, camping, exploring new foods, playing with her golden retriever, Duke, and sharing her life with her handsome and wonderfully supportive husband.

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Seat 2A | Release Boost

Title: Seat 2A
Author: Dela
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: March 27, 2017
Blurb

When Jessie Evans, a Georgia Southern University cheerleader, leaves for her best friend’s wedding the last thing she expects is for the seat next to her to be taken. After all, she’d only canceled Seat 2A hours prior after catching her boyfriend cheating.

Kendal Vargas, son of a Spanish emigrant fashion guru, is on his way to Whistler for a “mancation”. Running to buy a neck pillow before his flight, Kendal bumps into Jessie Evans. Kendal is in a hurry. Kendal does not stop to help her. Kendal forgot his neck pillow and the plane is about to leave and hey—who could travel without a neck pillow? 

Charmed by Jessie’s beauty, and watching her board his very plane, Kendal takes a whim and changes his seat to one he hopes would be next to her. Jessie ignores Kendal’s attempt to be chatty but when their connecting flight gets canceled overnight, the pair has a chance to make a real connection.


Seven years later, Jessie bumps into Kendal in the produce aisle of a Portland grocery store. No neck pillow is involved, except there is a beautiful little girl who looks just like him. Fate has given them another shot but will Kendal’s whims keep them apart?

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Author Bio

Dela is the author of newly released SEAT 2A, a Contemporary Romance about two strangers having a second chance at fate. She’s also written THE 52NDsaga, a paranormal romance for young adults centered on the bloody Aztec tradition of human sacrifice. The sequel, BEYOND THE NEON SHORE, will release Summer 2017.

You’ll most often find her in gym clothes, taking pictures of books in the desert, or eating peppermint patties writing her next book. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband, three kids, and one exceptionally fat Chihuahua. Her website is http://www.delaauthor.com.

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