COVER REVEAL: Throwing My Life Away by Liz Czukas (+ giveaway!)

If you follow me on social media, you know how much I love Liz Czukas (and Ellie Cahill) books!! I am so excited to help reveal her cover for her upcoming YA book today! Spoiler Alert: I read it and LOVED it! Look for a review next week some time šŸ™‚


I am so excited to share this cover with you all! I am seriously in love with it. Sarah from Okay Creations did such an amazing job! I can’t wait for you all to read the book so you can see exactly how perfect each one of the images she chose is. Seriously when I saw it, I was almost spooked by how utterly perfect they were.

It’s completely surreal to be sharing this cover so close to the release! In only 5 days, Throwing My Life Away will be up on all digital platforms and also available in paperback. Such a change from the usual way, where we have to wait months just drooling over a gorgeous cover image before we get to see it in person.

And you guys, seriously, the paperback is possibly even more gorgeous. I’ll post pics as soon as I can.

Thank you Sarah, for the bee-you-ti-ful cover! I’m proud to have it among my covers. And a huge huge thank you to all the awesome bloggers who have helped to spread this cover far and wide. The support of the book blogging community is one of my absolute favorite parts of being an author.

Now for the giveway! You could win one of three paperback copies of Throwing My Life Away! If the winner is in the US, I can send a signed copy, but that doesn’t mean you international peeps can’t enter! You’ll get a paperback copy shipped to you, and I’d be happy to drop a signed bookplate in the mail to go with it!

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7 photographs, 2 weeks, an entire life to get back. No problem, right?

After her stepfather accidentally throws away her high school mementos, sentimental Mariska is pretty sure the world is over. That is, until she comes up with a plan. She’s going to recreate her past, with a little help from her friends.

It’s not easy to rally everyone into helping, especially Caine, who couldn’t be less sentimental about anything if he were a park bench. But from a guerilla kite festival to convincing her ex-boyfriend to recreate her lost prom picture, Mariska is willing to do what it takes.

With a little nudging from Caine, Mariska starts to realize she can’t actually get her past back. And maybe that’s okay. Because while she’s so focused on the past, she’s missing out on the present, where her friends are busy having the summer of their lives. And where funny, quiet Caine might just be the future she never knew she wanted.

ISN’T IT BEAUTIFUL??? Pre-order links to come but you should keep an eye next week for mine (and other bloggers!) reviews to go live.

BONUS GIVEAWAY!!! Click the image below to take you to Rafflecopter!

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Apollycon 2017 Author Spotlight: Christina Lauren

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I am VERY excited to introduce today’s Apollycon spotlight on Christina Lauren! I have been a reader of CLo for a few years now and can honestly say they are an autobuy for me!! They write some of my favorite romances. They have a huge backlist but they are such quick reads that you will be done before you know it. Below are the first books in their series but they are companion stories so either series can be read in any order if desired!

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An ambitious intern. A perfectionist executive. And a whole lot of name calling.

Whip-smart, hardworking, and on her way to an MBA, Chloe Mills has only one problem: her boss, Bennett Ryan. He’s exacting, blunt, inconsiderateā€”and completely irresistible. A Beautiful Bastard.

Bennett has returned to Chicago from France to take a vital role in his family’s massive media business. He never expected that the assistant who’d been helping him from abroad was the gorgeous, innocently provocativeā€”completely infuriatingā€”creature he now has to see every day. Despite the rumors, he’s never been one for a workplace hookup. But Chloe’s so tempting he’s willing to bend the rulesā€”or outright smash themā€”if it means he can have her. All over the office.

As their appetites for one another increase to a breaking point, Bennett and Chloe must decide exactly what they’re willing to lose in order to win each other.


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One-night stands are supposed to be with someone convenient, or wickedly persuasive, or regrettable. They arenā€™t supposed to be with someone like him.

But after a crazy Vegas weekend celebrating her college graduationā€”and terrified of the future path she knows is a cop-outā€”Mia Holland makes the wildest decision of her life: follow Ansel Guillaumeā€”her sweet, filthy flingā€”to France for the summer and justā€¦play.

When feelings begin to develop behind the provocative roles they take on, and their temporary masquerade adventures begin to feel real, Mia will have to decide if she belongs in the life she left because it was all wrong, or in the strange new one that seems worlds away.


UPCOMING…

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About the Authors!

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Yes, there are two of us! Lauren (on the left) and Christina (on the right).

Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates/brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced thirteen New York Times bestselling novels. They are published in over 31 languages, have received starred reviews from Kirkus, been selected as one of NPRā€™s Top 100 Swoon-Worthy Romances, and won both the Seal of Excellence award and Book of the Year from RT Magazine.

Lauren Billings (but everyone calls her Lo) has a Ph.D. in neuroscience and before she made writing her full-time job, would spend her days doing nerdy research-type things wearing a lab coat and goggles. She is silly Mommy to two littles, wife to one mountain biking homebrewing scientist, bestie to a shoe-stealer, and an unabashed lover of YA and romance.

Christina Hobbs (but youā€™ll always hear Lo call her PQ) used to spend her days in a junior high counseling office surrounded by teenagers. These days youā€™ll probably find her on tumblr. She is married and absolutely not old enough to be the mom of a 15 year old (right??), thinks sheā€™s the luckiest person in the world to write books with her best friend, and is an unapologetic lover of boy bands and glitter. She also likes to steal Loā€™s shoes.

You can follow their shenanigans at:

@lolashoes (Lauren) & @seeCwrite (Christina) on Twitter.

On Tumblr! where we post kissing gifs and writerly stuff and Wattpad for short stories and sneak peeks!

For official information about their books, events, interviews, movie news and more, follow @christinalauren.


Giveaway!!!

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Manicure Monday featuring Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

I was wearing fake nails this past week, and although they aren’t book specific, they do go nicely with on of my current reads: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff!

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I also thought this was a good time to show off my UK special edition of Nevernight, because I’ve had it for awhile now but I haven’t really shared any pics. So it’s a win-win!

At quick glance these nails look like fake nails from a salon, but they aren’t, and that’s why I love them. I used to go get a gel full set manicure all the time, but it gets expensive! And I also felt like it was damaging my nails underneath, so I stopped doing that. Since then I’ve only used polish, jamberry, or Impress nails by Broadway Nails; which is what I have on now.

I love these press on nails! They are so easy, they are strong and last long, and my favorite part is that there is no glue. Instead it’s more like a sticker that you peel off the nail and they tick on to your nail. I wish I would’ve take progress pics to show you how these go on, but I wasn’t thinking at the time. It’s really easy though, promise. The quickest a prettiest manicures you’ll ever have, and they only cost $6! There are a variety of sizes so that you can get the right nail for each finger, and some of them are so similar in size that I can usually get two manicures out of each pack, or I’ll mix and match between all the ones I have and get even more use.

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But enough about my nails, you can see them, and yes they are pretty. But next to this gorgeous book they are nothing!

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I splurged a little to get the UK edition of Nevernight from Goldsboro Books because I was having a ‘Treat Yo Self’ moment. Jay Kristoff is amazing and I love his writing, so I knew that this purchase wasn’t going to be a waste. I’m current;y reading it, and I’m a little over 100 pages in and loving it!

What makes this edition different? First, there are only 250 copies of this signed first edition. so it’s truly a collector’s item that I will always cherish. It also has a different cover, red edges, and it’s extremely sexy when naked šŸ˜‰

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Have you picked up a copy of Nevernight by Jay Kristoff yet? If you’ve finished the book let me know what you thought! No spoilers thought please. I am, after all, a slow reader, and this is a pretty intense book.

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Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig

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Publishing Date October 4th 2016 by Feiwel & Friends
Source: arc

Flynn’s girlfriend has disappeared. How can he uncover her secrets without revealing his own?

Flynn’s girlfriend, January, is missing. The cops are asking questions he can’t answer, and her friends are telling stories that don’t add up. All eyes are on Flynnā€”as January’s boyfriend, he must know something.

But Flynn has a secret of his own. And as he struggles to uncover the truth about January’s disappearance, he must also face the truth about himself.

Flashback to BEA 2016 when I briefly met Caleb Roehrig (very briefly, I don’t even think names were actually exchanged) and I wish I had known I was standing in the presence of a word genius because I wouldn’t have been such a loser like I’m certain I was. BUT I will have a chance to redeem myself this year at Yallfest, so there’s that. Now onto an actual review.

Last Seen Leaving was unlike anything I’ve ever read. It had the suspense of a thriller and the feels of a contemporary. It’s like a YA Gone Girl meets History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera – which I know is a bad example since it’s not out yet, but it’s the perfect example. Throughout the book Flynn will think back to times he spent with January, and it just really took me back to Adam’s book. Both books are crazy unique and amazing in their own way. I just got the vibe and I really liked it.

I would describe LSL as two books in one, again because of it’s thriller and contemporary aspects. The search for January is a chilling one. The more Flynn would uncover the more I was on edge, and I loved it! There are twists and turns that kept me guessing what exactly was going on. The suspense was literally perfect. But then the moments when Flynn was struggling with who is himself and what all that means… I won’t spoil Flynn’s secret for you, so just read this book OKAY!

I loved this book more than I initially expected when I picked it up, and I don’t doubt that it’s going to surprise everyone who reads it. This is clearly a five star review, and I am URGING you to pick this one up! Last Seen Leaving is in stores now and I’m not sure why you aren’t rushing to your favorite bookstore right now! GO GO GO!

Congrats to Caleb for an amazing debut, and thank you to Feiwel & Friends for providing me with an arc in exchange for an honest review.

ā¤ Kylie

Afterward by Jennifer Mathieu Review


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Published September 20th 2016 by Roaring Brook Press
Source: ARC from MacmillanĀ (thank you!)

When Caroline’s little brother is kidnapped, his subsequent rescue leads to the discovery of Ethan, a teenager who has been living with the kidnapper since he was a young child himself. In the aftermath, Caroline can’t help but wonder what Ethan knows about everything that happened to her brother, who is not readjusting well to life at home. And although Ethan is desperate for a friend, he can’t see Caroline without experiencing a resurgence of traumatic memories. But after the media circus surrounding the kidnappings departs from their small Texas town, both Caroline and Ethan find that they need a friend–and their best option just might be each other.

Afterward by Jennifer Mathieu is beautiful and heart-breaking but also incredibly hopeful novel. The story opens with Before chapters from both Caroline and Ethan’s point of view. You are instantly thrust into the story of kidnapping that brings not only these two characters together but these two families. The majority of this book looks at the after, the moments after the rescue.

The entire novel flips back and forth POV of Caroline and Ethan. Both characters had a unique voice and different struggles. Early on, you learn that Ethan has been coping with the last few years of his life through therapy and medication. I loved the realistic portrayal and importance these can give to a person. Caroline and her family on the other hand do not have the means to get any kind of therapy for the family or specifically her brother. Caroline’s brother has autism and cannot communicate to his family the impact the kidnapping has on him. The family is struggling and Caroline begins searching for answers, which leads her to Ethan. Together the two help each other piece together broken parts of their life.

I enjoyed that this book wasn’t focused on romance and one person saving the other. Caroline and Ethan are broken in their own ways and find a common ground of music. At first they can’t use words, just rely on playing music together.

Mathieu wrote this story beautifully and the story has amazing pacing. Once I picked this one up, I didn’t put it down! I kept reading because I wanted to find out more secrets from before. I reccomend this to any reader who enjoys realistic fiction that Ā deals with heavier topics.


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Young adult author Jennifer Mathieu (pronounced Muh-two), is a writer and English teacher who lives in Texas with her family. A native of the East Coast and a former journalist, she enjoys writing contemporary young adult fiction that treats teenagers like real people. She loves to eat and hates to cook.

A copy of this book was provided for an honest review.

 

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco Review (+Giveaway!)

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stalkingjacktheripper_9780316273497_hcABOUT STALKING JACK THE RIPPER:

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.


Stalking Jack the Ripper…you were not what I was expecting in the best way possible. When I first heard the title of this book, I was expected there to be blood and to be lots of it. There was some blood but it was more a historical fiction with mystery/thriller elements than the horror book I was expecting.Ā Kerri did a wonderful job of taking actual events surrounding “Jack the Ripper” and fictionalizing them to tell this story.

Audrey is the main character and she is fierce, smart and very daring. There were more than a few times where she went running off alone WHILE A MURDERER WAS OUT AND ABOUT and had 0 problem with this. Some of the situations she got herself into had me at the edge of my seat. I don’t want this to make her sound dumb because she is far from it. Plus she usually set out alone but somehow Thomas would find his way into being her companion for this night. Thomas is Audrey’s Uncle’s forensicĀ apprentice (along with Audrey) and he has a wicked smart brain and a knack for noticing small clues to come to a conclusion.

I am 100% on board with this ship. In the early stages of the novel Audrey and Thomas reminded me a bit of Jack and Phyrne (from Miss Fisher’s Murder Mystery, which if you haven’t watched this show yet GET ON IT). I say this because Audrey is a very capable female, doing things that most females don’t do in this era. Thomas is adorable and follows her around, not because he fears Audrey is going to get in trouble but because he doesn’t want to miss out on the action. There is one scene in the novel where Audrey “saves” Thomas and he is very ok with being saved by a female. I love when the ship is so good together. I cannot wait to see what trouble these two get into in book 2!

Overall I loved this one! I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a beautifully written historical fiction novel and can handle a small amount of blood.

LINKS: IndieBound |Ā Amazon | B&NĀ 

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Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing lifeā€™s finer points with her cats. Stalking Jack the Ripper is her debut novel. It incorporates her love of forensic science and unsolved history, and is the first in a new series of gothic thrillers.

LINKS: Website | Twitter | Instagram

Tour Schedule:

Week 1:

9/12:Ā No BS Book Reviews – Review
9/13:Ā A Perfection Called Books – Guest Post
9/14:Ā The Heart of a Book Blogger – Review
9/15:Ā My Friends Are Fiction – Q&A
9/16:Ā Pandora’s Books – Review

Week 2:

9/19:Ā Polished Page-Turners – Review
9/20:Ā The Irish Banana Review – Top 10
9/21:Ā Chapter By Chapter – Guest Post
9/22:Ā What Sarah Read – Mood Board
9/23:Ā That Artsy Reader Girl – Review

Giveaway:

3 Finished Copies of STALKING JACK THE RIPPERĀ (US Only)

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August 2016 Wrap-Up and Challenge Update

August Wrap-Up…better late than never huh? I read 10 books this month (not including novellas). It was an ok month! 10 seems to be the averageĀ of the last few months. I listened to the Lonely Hearts Club on audio and read all the novellas before reading We Can Work It Out. I also read quite a few middle reader books this month and really enjoyed all of them. I also re-read Queen of Shadows to prep for Empire of Storms this month (I knew I didn’t have the time to commit to re-reading all the books but maybe next year).

All the books I read in August…

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Overall I seem to be slacking on my Flights of Fantasy challenge…I have been reading a lot more science fiction this year instead of fantasy. There are a few that I am hoping to get to the rest of the year that will hopefully bump me in the end. Once again adding several titles to my contemporary challenge!

2016 Challenge progress!

Flights of Fantasy

  1. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  2. The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye
  3. The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
  4. The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows
  5. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
  6. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
  7. Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce
  8. In the Hand of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce
  9. The Women Who Rides Like a Man by Tamora Pierce
  10. A Whole New World by Liz Braswell
  11. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas

Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge

  1. Roommates by Erin Leigh
  2. Playing for Keeps by R.L. Mathewson
  3. More Than Fashion by Elizabeth Briggs
  4. When We Collided by Emery Lord
  5. The Score by Elle Kennedy
  6. Bad Boy’s Baby by Sosie Frost
  7. A Little Too Far by Lisa Desrochers
  8. Love and Lists by Tara Sivec
  9. Dirty Thoughts by Megan Erickson
  10. Paige in Progress by Brighton Walsh
  11. The Distance from A to Z by Natalie Blitt
  12. Dirty Talk by Megan Erickson
  13. Blind Reality by Heidi McLaughlin
  14. Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry
  15. The Game Plan by Kristen Callihan
  16. His Country Bride by Debra Holt
  17. With a Twist by Staci Hart
  18. The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L Armentrout
  19. Score by Christine Bell
  20. Choosing You by Allie Everhart
  21. Girl With the Guitar by Caisey Quinn
  22. Summer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider
  23. Summer of Supernovas by Darcy Woods
  24. The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller
  25. Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey
  26. Settling the Score by R.S. Grey
  27. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
  28. Geek’s Guide to Requited Love by Sarvenaz Tash
  29. Forever and Always by Jasinda Wilder
  30. The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett
  31. Pucked by Helena Hunting
  32. First & Then by Emma Mills
  33. All the Feels by Danika Stone
  34. In Real Life by Jessica Love
  35. The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg
  36. We Can Work It Out by Elizabeth Eulberg

HOW WAS YOUR READING MONTH!??Ā Did you read Cursed Child yet? Have you been reading a ton of contemporary like me??