Thursday, January 31, 2019

Blog Tour: Only A Breath Apart by: Katie McGarry (Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway)

 

Would you dare to defy destiny? Are our destinies written in stone? Do we become nothing more than the self-fulfilling prophesies of other people's opinions? Or can we dare to become who we believe we were born to be?


“A gorgeous, heartfelt journey of redemption and love” (Wendy Higgins), ONLY A BREATH APART is a young adult contemporary novel from critically acclaimed Katie McGarry. “Haunting, authentic, and ultimately hopeful” (Tammara Webber), order your copy of ONLY A BREATH APART now!

 
"They say your destiny is carved in stone. But some destinies are meant to be broken.
The only curse Jesse Lachlin believes in is his grandmother’s will: in order to inherit his family farm he must win the approval of his childhood best friend, the girl he froze out his freshman year.
A fortuneteller tells Scarlett she's psychic, but what is real is Scarlett’s father’s controlling attitude and the dark secrets at home. She may be able to escape, but only if she can rely on the one boy who broke her heart.
Each midnight meeting pushes Jesse and Scarlett to confront their secrets and their feelings, but as love blooms, the curse rears its ugly head…"

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My Thoughts:

Hands down, this is Katie McGarry’s best book to date.  Just, my gosh, the feelings in this book. It drags the reader through the wringer right alongside Jesse and Scarlett and their pain and love and heartache seeps off the pages and into your soul. I cannot say enough good things about this book. Katie McGarry has a true talent for YA contemporary and here she outshines herself. 

I’m going to get personal for a second, which I don’t always do in my reviews, but part of why I loved this book so so much is because teenage Teresa needed this book. And I’m not saying that the things that happened to Jesse/Scarlett happened to me, because that would be a lie, my life was not nearly as difficult, but there are certain aspects and themes and just certain things the characters struggled with that deeply resonated with me. Honestly, I still needed this book and I am so glad to have read it and more importantly I am glad this book exists for teenagers today.

Jesse and Scarlett are both such incredible characters and I love them both with all of my heart. They may seem to live in opposite worlds, but they have both lived very difficult lives. I wanted to reach into this book and hug them both so tightly and then hold their hands and help them find their way in life. But they really didn’t need me; they are both incredibly strong and come so far over the course of the book. I felt like a proud older sister watching them. And speaking of sisters, I adored the relationship between Scarlett and her sister Isabelle. 

I always love how Katie McGarry so realistically portrays her characters, especially her adult characters. I mean, first off, I adored Glory, just adored her. But I also love how all of the adults are portrayed with flaws, they are not perfect and they do not make the right choices all the time and sometimes they think they know better when they don’t. And some of these adults are not redeemable in my opinion and are just not good, but then others may not seem that great but are actually people with good hearts who maybe don’t go about things the best way. Adults don’t always have all the answers here, but the good ones will listen and will help and I love that she shows a balance that there are truly terrible people in the world but there are also some really great ones as well.  

Only A Breath Apart is a truly fantastic read and is one of those books I know I am going to revisit. I loved watching Jesse and Scarlett grow together again and grow up. This is my favorite book from Katie McGarry to date. She has never let me down yet, but this one was even more special. I cannot recommend this book enough. 
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.


   

Excerpt:

~SCARLETT~
My entire body seizes. “You’re supposed to give me a ride home.”
Glory ends the call and offers me an apologetic expression. “I forgot I had a phone meeting. I’ll take you home, after the call, but this will be a lengthy session.”
Meaning I won’t be home by curfew. “Reschedule.”
Glory has a thoughtful look as she approaches me. One that makes me feel like I should run. She leans forward and says in my ear, “You felt something when you saw the Chariot.”
The moment she placed that card on the table I felt as if I had sprinted headfirst into a wall. It was a stunned feeling, as if I were lost in a fog, but I won’t admit that. Not to her, not to anybody.
“You’ve been asleep for a very long time,” she whispers. “It’s time to wake up, Scarlett. There’s a whole word of possibility waiting for you.”
I step back from her because this lady is insane. “I need you to take me home.”
“I can’t, but I’m sure Jesse can lead the way.”
Um…no. I spin on my toes, and I’m out the door, down the stairs and I head east for home. Seconds later, the screen door slams shut again, and there are heavy footfalls on the wooden steps.
“Wait up!” Jesse calls out.
Nope. Not going to happen. I enter the tree line and curse the sky above that there’s no moon. This is the country, which means that besides the fading light from Glory’s house, I’m in complete darkness.
“Scarlett!” Jesse tries again. “Wait!”
But I don’t. I walked this land hundreds of times with Jesse, sometimes by myself so I could find him when I needed a friend. I can do this on my own.
“Let me find you so I can walk you home,” Jesse says.
He’s to my right, and I hurry because I don’t want to be found. My pulse pounds in my ears, and my blood tingles with this need to stay hidden, to stay alone.
Once upon a time, Jesse was my best friend, and then one day he froze me out. He stopped answering the door when I knocked, he ran away when he saw me coming across the field and then when we were forced into the same space on the first day of our freshman year, he humiliated me in front of the entire school.
Jesse Lachlin crushed me, and while I feel sorry for him because his grandmother died, I don’t forgive him for leaving a scar on my soul.
“Dammit, Scarlett, stop being so stubborn.”
My jaw clenches, and it takes an immeasurable amount of self-control to not explain to Jesse in a very loud tone that he’s the biggest jerk I’ve ever met. Doing so will inform him where I’m located, and I need him to leave me alone.
I push forward, faster this time, but then my foot snags on a root. My balance is thrown and my arms swing wildly in the air. I attempt to reach for something to break my fall, but my fingers catch air. The sensation is like the first massive hill of a roller coaster as my stomach lifts, and I brace myself for impact with the ground.
I close my eyes, tense my muscles and I’m caught. Strong, warm arms weave around me from behind and then my back is pressed flush against a solid chest. My heart leaps, and my lungs are robbed of air.
“You okay?” Jesse’s mouth is incredibly close to my ear, and his hot breath tickles my skin. I tremble because of the adrenaline or because of this achingly beautiful intimacy, I don’t know.
“Are you okay?” he asks again, and this time his arms tenderly squeeze me as if he’s offering comfort, as if he honestly cares. It’s been so long since anyone has hugged me that a part of me melts into the embrace as if I’m dry ground welcoming a warm rain.


Gritty and real, Only a Breath Apart is a story of hope conjured from pain, strength drawn from innocence, and love earned from self-respect. Beautiful, poignant, and fierce.” ―Kristen Simmons, critically acclaimed author of the Article 5 series


     




Katie McGarry’s ONLY A BREATH APART – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:
January 21st
@booksniffer7 – Review
Bickering Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt
Book Ballistic – Excerpt
Book Hoarder Mom – Review
Celindareyesblog – Excerpt
Do You Dog-ear? – Review & Excerpt
Novel Addiction – Excerpt
January 22nd
Beyourselfbebhaltair – Review & Excerpt
Booknerd1107 – Review
CeliaMoontown – Review & Excerpt
Crazy Chaotic Book Babes – Review & Excerpt
Echoing Books – Excerpt
GataLeitora – Excerpt
Its a mun thing – Excerpt
Mythical Books – Excerpt
Stellar Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
The Romance Reviews – Excerpt
Words Are Life – Review & Excerpt
January 23rd
A Novel Glimpse – Review
Bewitching bibliophile – Review & Excerpt
Book Freak – Review
Books Are My Life – Review & Excerpt
Bookworm Misfit – Excerpt
ClaryNathanWill – Excerpt
Craves the Angst Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Latteandbook – Review & Excerpt
Once Upon a Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Red Hot + Blue Reads – Review & Excerpt
The Book Hammock – Review & Excerpt
Velarisreads – Excerpt
January 24th
A Court of Coffee and Books – Review & Excerpt
Avid Reads – Excerpt
Bookishly Nerdy – Review & Excerpt
Dazzled by Books – Review & Excerpt
Kick Back & Review – Excerpt
Milky Way of Books – Review
Star-Crossed Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Sweet Red Reads – Excerpt
Tale Out Loud – Excerpt
The Cover Contessa – Excerpt
The Lovely Books – Excerpt
The Start of Something New – Review & Excerpt
January 25th
A Literary Perusal – Review & Excerpt
Abellafairytale – Excerpt
Book Bite Reviews – Review & Excerpt
Boundless Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt
Confessions of a Wordaholic – Review & Excerpt
Fandomly Bookish – Excerpt
Girl Plus Books – Review
Kaidans Seduction – Excerpt
The Book Branch – Excerpt
The Book Trollop – Review & Excerpt
VoxLibris – Review & Excerpt
January 26th
Ali's Bookshelf – Review & Excerpt
Beauty and Lace – Excerpt
Blunt Book Blog – Excerpt
Book Angel Booktopia – Review & Excerpt
Bookish Intoxication Writes – Review & Excerpt
Confessions of 2 Book Lovers – Review & Excerpt
Crazii Bitches Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Jesssiereads – Excerpt
Little Read Riding Hood – Review & Excerpt
Madison’s Library – Review & Excerpt
Reese's Reviews – Review & Excerpt
January 27th
As the Book Ends – Excerpt
Book Bitches Blog – Review
Books 4 Girls – Review & Excerpt
Bumbles and Fairy-Tales – Review & Excerpt
Chasing Faerytales – Review
K&M Sultry Reads – Excerpt
K's Korner – Excerpt
Less Reality More Books – Review & Excerpt
Poetry law and something more – Review & Excerpt
Roxy's Reviews – Excerpt
January 28th
Aaly and The Books – Review
A Book Fanatic Obsession – Review & Excerpt
Book Reader Addicts – Review & Excerpt
Bookishly Slytherclaw – Review & Excerpt
Contagious Reads – Review & Excerpt
Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt
Escape 2 Fiction – Review & Excerpt
Midnight Book Girl – Excerpt
PBC – Excerpt
Rad Babes Read – Review & Excerpt
The Book Hookup – Review & Excerpt
Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt
We Live and Breathe Books – Review & Excerpt
January 29th
A Gingerly Review – Review & Excerpt
Bangor belle books – Excerpt
Becky on Books – Review & Excerpt
Books & Tea – Review & Excerpt
Chapter by Chapter – Review & Excerpt
Echosreviews – Excerpt
GotToReadThoseBooks – Excerpt
Kindle and Me – Review & Excerpt
Lita's Book Blog – Excerpt
Margay Leah Justice – Excerpt
The Book Maven – Review & Excerpt
January 30th
Book Reader Chronicles – Review & Excerpt
Buttermybooks – Review
Ficwishes – Review & Excerpt
Geeky Reading – Excerpt
Little Bookworm Reviews – Review & Excerpt
Lo’s Lo-Down on Books – Review & Excerpt
Read. Eat. Love. – Review & Excerpt
The Butterfly Reads – Excerpt
The Writing Finch – Excerpt
YA Bibliophile – Review & Excerpt
January 31st
BookCrushin – Review & Excerpt
Little Lovely Books – Review & Excerpt
Margaux – Excerpt
Ms. Me28 – Excerpt
Nerdy Soul – Review & Excerpt
TBR Book Blog – Excerpt
The Bookish Introvert – Review & Excerpt
February 1st
Alotabooks13 – Review & Excerpt
Caitlin's World – Review & Excerpt
CJR The Brit – Review
Hedwig Reads – Excerpt
Literary misfit – Excerpt
Readers Retreats – Excerpt
The Reading Faery – Review
Total Book Geek – Excerpt
Twirling Book Princess – Review & Excerpt
Vera is Reading – Excerpt
Whoo Gives A Hoot – Excerpt
YA/NA Book Divas – Excerpt



 Katie is the author of the PUSHING THE LIMITS series, THUNDER ROAD series, SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME, and the upcoming YA novel, ONLY A BREATH APART. Her novels have received starred reviews, critical acclaim and have won multiple awards including being a multiple Goodreads Choice Award Finalist for YA Fiction, multiple RT Magazine's Reviewer's Choice Award Finalist for Best YA Fiction, including a win in the category, and she was a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick.    

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

All Lined Up by Cora Carmack Is On Sale!


In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.

Dallas Cole loathes football. That's what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.
But life doesn't always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.
Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It's obliterated.
Dallas doesn't know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn't know that Dallas is his new coach's daughter.
And neither of them know how to walk away from the attraction they feel.


Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Release Blitz: Moonlight Scandals (de Vincent #3) by: Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Moonlight Scandals: a de Vincent novel from New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout is available now!

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"It takes a fearless woman to love the most scandalous man alive in New York Times Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s breathtaking novelEven a ghost hunter like Rosie Herpin couldn’t have foreseen the fateful meeting between two mourners that has brought her so intimately close to the notorious and seductive Devlin de Vincent. Everyone in New Orleans knows he’s heir to a dark family curse that both frightens and enthralls. To the locals, Devlin is the devil. To Rosie, he’s a man who’s stoking her wildest fantasies. When a brutal attack on her friend is linked to the de Vincents, he becomes a mystery she may be risking her life to solve.
Devlin knows what he wants from this sexy and adventurous woman. But what does Rosie want from him? It’s a question that becomes more pressing—and more dangerous—when he suspects her of prying into the shadows of his past.
Now, the legends surrounding the de Vincents may not be myths at all. But if she’s to discover the truth, she must follow them straight into the arms of the man she can’t resist—the handsome devil himself"
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Start the Series Today!
Moonlight Sins (de Vincent series, book 1)
ALSO! I am giving away a signed copy of Moonlight Sins here.


"Moonlight Scandals gave me all the answers I was looking for and blew my mind in the process. Dev and Rosie had such a crazy story and I just adored those two. If you like books that deliver the swoon with a side of spine tingling creepiness, this is for you. " Check out my full review.

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# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Charles Town, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. In early 2015, Jennifer was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a group of rare genetic disorders that involve a breakdown and death of cells in the retina, eventually resulting in loss of vision, among other complications. Due to this diagnosis, educating people on the varying degrees of blindness has become of passion of hers, right alongside writing, which she plans to do as long as she can. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Tor, HarperCollins Avon and William Morrow, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her Wicked Series has been optioned by PassionFlix. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. Her adult romantic suspense novel TILL DEATH was a Amazon Editor’s Pick and iBook Book of the Month. Her young adult contemporary THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER is a 2017 RITA Award Winner in Young Adult Fiction. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins. She is the owner of ApollyCon and The Origin Event, the successful annual events that features over hundred bestselling authors in Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult Fiction, panels, parties, and more. She is also the creator and sole financier of the annual Write Your Way To RT Book Convention, a contest that gives aspiring authors a chance to win a fully paid trip to RT Book Reviews.Connect with Jennifer L. Armentrout:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JenniferLArmentroutTwitter: https://twitter.com/JLArmentroutInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/jennifer_l_armentrout/GoodReads: http://bit.ly/1DiIjRaStay up to date with Jennifer by joining her mailing list today: https://bit.ly/2qBce5m
https://jenniferlarmentrout.com

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Recent Additions to My To-Read List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke And The Bookish and now hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl.

Forever adding to the TBR!


Monday, January 28, 2019

62 Thoughts I Had While Re-Reading The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: March 4, 2014
from Bloomsbury Childrens
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"Contains all five novellas.

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan's most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin's Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas - together in one edition for the first time - Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn's orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out."

My Thoughts:

1. Spoilers for the entire series in this post! I mean it… big spoilers!
2. The Assassin and the Pirate Lord
3. It’s always crazy to me how much was set up early on. Like these were supposed to be novellas to meet Celaena and see her assassin life, but in the first one we meet Rolfe who ends up being a huge part of their victory later.
4. I will forever not get how people say Celaena was so selfish and Aelin wasn’t… this about the girl who almost single handedly destroyed an island to free slaves.
5. Clearly whenever Celaena loves someone she will first start out arguing with them… her and Sam really go at it in this novella.
6. “Intricate pommel shaped like a sea dragons head” so much laid out so early.
7. “Nervous?” “No.” “Me too.” – Sam knew her so well!
8. “Sam couldn’t be so stupid that he'd get himself killed.” – ahh Celaena, showing love in such unconventional ways.
9. Even at 16, Celaena was pretty good at this planning stuff.
10. The Assassin and the Healer
11. YRENE
12. Man, how amazing is it that this tiny character from a tiny novella came back to be such a force.
13. AND TO SAVE THE GODDAMNED DAY
14. Arobynn raised Celaena, but still didn’t know her well enough to know that the moment he punished her for freeing those slaves was the moment he truly lost her.
15. It kills me how long it took Celaena to finally come around to Sam and then how short their time is together.
16. “This girl was wildfire” SUCH FORESHADOWING
17. I love these Yrene and Celaena moments so much more now.
18. Celaena gives Yrene tons of gold to follow her dreams… again I’ll never listen to those who say Celaena was selfish. Being confident in yourself and your abilities is not selfishness.
19. A tug! And Celaena tugged back!
20. “Prayed that somehow years from now Yrene Towers would return to this continent and maybe, just maybe, heal this shattered world a little bit.” OH SHE DOES DON’T WORRY.
21. The Assassin and the Desert
22. You know, back in the early days, she always made a point to think of herself as Celaena Sardothien and did so frequently and with the full name. Almost like she was reminding herself she was Celaena now. In hindsight, it’s an interesting thing to notice.
23. Ahh Ansel.
24. Arobynn is so cruel.
25. And poor Sam… having to watch Arobynn beat Celaena when he loves her.
26. And there we have our quick lesson on Crochans and Ironteeth…  two books before we ever meet Manon.
27. HI LYSANDRAS UNCLE
28. Also- only the greatest warrior could kill a spider and my boy Dorian does!
29. Ansel’s backstory is very good foreshadowing of what is to come for Celaena once she reclaims her identity.
30. Such a mistake sending Celaena to train with the mute master… she saw how much better things could be… altered her perception of how Arobynn has to behave
31. It’s no wonder Celaena has trust issues… every time she trusts someone in her formative years they betray her… Sam is the exception. The fact that she still learns to trust later on is a miracle, but also explains why she never shares her plans fully.
32. The Assassin and the Underworld
33. Arobynn is such a skeeze ball
34. Lysandra!
35. Sam and Celaena *sobs*
36. Sam and the music notes
37. Arobynn gave her gift after gift, but none of them could touch the one Sam got for her.
38. Oh hey there Dorian and Chaol
39. “I have no name. I am whoever the keepers of my fate tell me to be.” Oh man Celaena you don’t know how right you are.
40. I’ll forever love Celaena and Sam and forever be heartbroken over it.
41. Like I love Rowan and know that’s where she was always going, but damn this still breaks my heart because Sam was so good.
42. Lysandra and Celaena kill me here… they could have been such good friends for so long but Arobynn pitted them against one another.
43. Ugh Arobynn is so damn manipulative.
44. “Because I’d pick you.” *sobs*
45. Oh man. That oath… I’m so glad she keeps it. Sam deserves vengeance.
46. Ahh the spider silk… she gave Sam the spider silk *cries forever and ever*
47. This was so cruel of Arobynn… manipulating Celaena into killing someone trying to undermine the King and the slave trade.
48. Gods. Poor Lysandra.
49. I cannot wait for her to kill Arobynn. I. Cant. Wait.
50. The Assassin and the Empire
51. Oh gods. I am not ready for this novella. I’m never ready for this novella.
52. I will say it forever… AROBYNN IS THE WORST
53. Gods this killed me. They were both played so well.
54. But what I love about this series is that Celaena learned from her mistakes. She was played so well here and in previous novellas by Arobynn. But she learned from those mistakes and grew and then she became the one making plans that  knocked everyone on their ass.
55. “My name is Sam Cortland and I will not be afraid.” I love that she carries this with her forever.
56. “She wanted to burn this place into nothing but ashes.” Celaena always keeping her promises.
57. What they do to Sam is so terrible… just… so so terrible.
58. I just wish Celaena had taken her time with Arobynn. He got off easy for what he did. Not just to Sam but to her.
59. Arobynn played a risky game betting the king wouldn’t recognize her for who she really is.
60. The hint of pine and snow.
61. “She would tuck Sam into her heart, a bright light for her to take out when things are darkest.”
62. “My name is Celaena Sardothien and I will not be afraid.”

Wrap Up:
Forever broken by these novellas. I adore them so much but what happens to Sam and Celaena always kills me.

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