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"Saying 'I notice you're a nerd' is like saying, 'Hey, I notice that you'd rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you'd rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Lindsay Lohan. Why is that?' In fact, it seems to me that most contemporary insults are pretty lame. Even 'lame' is kind of lame. Saying 'You're lame' is like saying 'You walk with a limp.' Yeah, whatever, so does 50 Cent, and he's done all right for himself."— John Green

10.03.2017

BLOG TOUR --- The Cresswell Plot by Eliza Wass [Review & Giveaway]


Title: The Cresswell Plot
Author(s): Eliza Wass
Edition: Paperback; 288 pages
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: October 10, 2017
Source: Rockstar Book Tours
Buy: Amazon - Barnes & Noble - Book Depository














Tour Schedule

Week One:
10/2/2017- Tales of the Ravenous Reader - Interview
10/2/2017- The Book Nut - Review

10/3/2017- Novel Novice - Guest Post
10/3/2017- Eli to nth - Review

10/4/2017- Sugar Dusted Pages - Interview
10/4/2017- Here's to Happy Endings - Review

10/5/2017- The Hardcover Lover - Excerpt
10/5/2017- Kourtni Reads - Review

10/6/2017- BookHounds YA - Guest Post
10/6/2017- Lattes & Paperbacks - Review

Week Two:
10/9/2017- Tez Says - Guest Post
10/9/2017- JustAddaWord - Review

10/10/2017- Rainy Days and Pajamas - Excerpt
10/10/2017- RhiReading - Review

10/11/2017- Blushing Bibliophile - Interview
10/11/2017- Savings in Seconds - Review

10/12/2017- Omg Books and More Books - Guest Post
10/12/2017- Jena Brown Writes - Review

10/13/2017- For the Love of KidLit - Interview

10/13/2017- Bibliobakes - Review

The Summary

The woods were insane in the dark, terrifying and magical at the same time. But best of all were the stars, which trumpeted their light into the misty dark.

Castella Cresswell and her five siblings—Hannan, Caspar, Mortimer, Delvive, and Jerusalem—know what it’s like to be different. For years, their world has been confined to their ramshackle family home deep in the woods of upstate New York. They abide by the strict rule of God, whose messages come directly from their father.

Slowly, Castley and her siblings start to test the boundaries of the laws that bind them. But, at school, they’re still the freaks they’ve always been to the outside world. Marked by their plain clothing. Unexplained bruising. Utter isolation from their classmates. That is, until Castley is forced to partner with the totally irritating, totally normal George Gray, who offers her a glimpse of a life filled with freedom and choice.

Castley’s world rapidly expands beyond the woods she knows so well and the beliefs she once thought were the only truths. There is a future waiting for her if she can escape her father’s grasp, but Castley refuses to leave her siblings behind. Just as she begins to form a plan, her father makes a chilling announcement: the Cresswells will soon return to their home in heaven. With time running out on all of their lives, Castley must expose the depth of her father’s lies. The forest has buried the truth in darkness for far too long. Castley might be their last hope for salvation.

My Review


Dark with extreme religious views, the Cresswell children are trapped within their own house by both their fear and belief in their Father, a self-proclaimed conduit for God.  Ostracized by the community they live in, each Cresswell child rebels against and succumbs to their Father's teachings and rules.  But it is through Castley that they may all be saved.

The Cresswell Plot immediately sucked me in.  It is dark, there is no doubt about it.  Full of both psychological and physical trauma, the warped family you meet between the pages never lets you go until the last word.  Six children, all "paired" together for their life in Heaven, they have never known any life outside the one their tyrannical Father has provided.  Through this coming of age story, you see the outside world press in on these teenagers, as each struggle against the darkness that awaits them.

A claustrophobic ride into the spiral of a cult existence, there is hope at the end of the tunnel.  But it is sure to take you for a harsh ride into the darkness of the human psyche, and takes turns you're not sure how the Cresswell children will get out.  

Final Rating


About the Author
Eliza Wass is an author, journalist and the wife of the late musician Alan Wass. Her debut novel, The Cresswell Plot, was published in 2016 to critical acclaim by Disney-Hyperion. She has contributed articles to The Guardian, Grazia, NME, Shortlist and THE FALL.

Her second book with Disney-Hyperion, The Life and Death Parade, will be published in June 2018.




Giveaway

3 winners will receive a finished copy of The Cresswell Plot Paperback, US Only


BLOG TOUR --- Otherworld by Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller [Spotlight & Giveaway]


I am very excited to spotlight the newest release for rockstar author team, Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller.  Otherworld is an intense mix of sci-fi and dystopia verging on the edge of our reality, you'll question whether this may be our future.  A consuming, fast-paced young adult debut, pre-order Otherworld from your favorite retailer today!

Title: Otherworld
Author(s): Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller
Edition: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook; 368 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: November 7, 2017
Source: Rockstar Book Tours
Buy: Amazon - Barnes & Noble - iBooks - Book Depository












Tour Schedule

 
Week One:

10/2/2017- Fiction Fare - Review
10/3/2017- Eli to the nth - Spotlight
10/4/2017- A Gingerly Review - Review
10/5/2017- A Dream Within A Dream - Review
10/6/2017- Novel Novice - Spotlight

Week Two:
10/9/2017- Feed Your Fiction Addiction - Review
10/10/2017- Zach's YA Reviews - Review
10/11/2017- Jump Into Books - Review
10/12/2017- Savings in Seconds - Review
10/13/2017- YAandWine - Spotlight

Week Three:
10/16/2017- Lattes & Paperbacks - Review
10/17/2017- Here's to Happy Endings - Review
10/18/2017- Shelf Rider - Review
10/19/2017- Seeing Double In Neverland - Review
10/20/2017- NightlyReading - Review

Week Four:
10/23/2017- Lisa Loves Literature - Review
10/24/2017- Don't Judge, Read - Review
10/25/2017- Cindy's Love of Books - Review
10/26/2017- Bibliobakes - Review
10/27/2017- Book-Keeping - Review

Week Five: 
10/30/2017- BookHounds YA - Review
10/31/2017- Book Briefs - Review

The Summary


The company says Otherworld is amazing—like nothing you’ve ever seen before. They say it’s addictive—that you’ll want to stay forever. They promise Otherworld will make all your dreams come true.

Simon thought Otherworld was a game. Turns out he knew nothing. Otherworld is the next phase of reality. It’s everything you’ve ever wanted.

And it’s about to change humanity forever.

Welcome to the Otherworld. No one could have seen it coming.

About the Authors

Kirsten Miller write books.  Some of her books are what librarians call middle grade. (Kiki Strike, Nightmares!).  Some should be kept away from small children and people with weak stomachs. (How to Lead a Life of Crime, The Eternal Ones, Otherworld).  She wrote some books with Jason Segel.  She's written quite a few books on her own.

Jason Segel used to have nightmares just like Charlie, and just like Charlie, he’s learned that the things we’re most afraid of are the things that can make us strong . . . if we’re brave enough to face them. Jason likes acting, writing, making music, and hanging out with his friends. Sometimes he writes movies. Sometimes he writes songs for movies. Sometimes he stars in those movies and sings those songs. You might know him from The Muppets and Despicable Me. Your parents might know him from other stuff. 

Nightmares! The Lost Lullaby is their third novel. Look for the first two books in the Nightmares! series: Nightmares! and Nightmares! The Sleepwalker Tonic, available from Delacorte Press.
Kirsten - Website | Twitter | Goodreads 
Jason - Instagram | Twitter | Goodreads 

Giveaway

3 winners will receive a finished copy of Otherworld, US Only.

8.25.2017

BLOG TOUR --- Holiday in the Hamptons (ADULT) by Sarah Morgan [Review + Giveaway]



Title: Holiday in the Hamptons
Author(s): Sarah Morgan
Edition: Paperback, eBook, audiobook; 384 pages
Publisher: Harlequin Books
Publication Date: August 29, 2017
Source: Rockstar Book Tours
Buy: Amazon - Barnes & Noble - iBooks - Book Depository












Tour Schedule

 
Week One:
8/7/2017- YA Book Nerd- Review
8/8/2017- Romantic Reviews- Excerpt
8/9/2017- Kati's Bookaholic Rambling Reviews- Review
8/10/2017- Becky on Books- Review
8/11/2017- Bookish in Texas- Review

Week Two:
8/14/2017- Books and Readers- Review
8/15/2017- A Dream Within A Dream- Excerpt
8/16/2017- Vox Libris- Review
8/17/2017- Savings in Seconds- Review
8/18/2017- ChickLit Club- Review

Week Three:
8/21/2017- Lattes & Paperbacks- Review
8/22/2017- Fire and Ice- Review
8/23/2017- Celluloid Diaries- Excerpt
8/24/2017- Bibliobakes- Review
8/25/2017- Eli to the nth- Review


The Summary

The perfect summer escape? 

Professional dog-walker Felicity Knight loves everything about New York...until her ex-husband starts working at her local vet clinic. She hasn't seen Seth Carlyle in ten years, but one glimpse of him--too gorgeous, and still too good for her--and Fliss's heart hurts like their whirlwind marriage ended yesterday. So when her grandmother in the Hamptons needs help for the summer, it seems the ideal way to escape her past.

Their relationship might have lasted only a few scorching months, but vet Seth knows Fliss--if she's run away to the Hamptons, it's because she still feels their connection and it terrifies her. He let her go once before, when he didn't know any better, but not this summer! With the help of his adorable dog, Lulu, and a sprinkling of beachside magic, Seth is determined to make Fliss see that he's never stopped loving her...

Sarah Morgan delights with more love and laughter in her acclaimed series From Manhattan with Love, which Publishers Weekly calls "engaging...a classic sweep-you-off-your-feet romantic experience."


My Review
While Young Adult has my heart, I have a soft spot for a good romance novel, and Holiday in the Hamptons hit all my favorite things: independent woman, misunderstandings, silly shenanigans, cute boys, and a romantic reconciliation.

While this is Book 5 in Sarah Morgan's From Manhattan with Love series, you do not have to read the other books to be able to follow Fliss and Seth's love story.  I love both of these characters, and you can always see how much they love each other.  Every time something else stood in their way, I was getting so frustrated!  Luckily, Morgan never kept the reader in suspense for long; this is definitely a feel good, happy ending romance.

But for me, the characters that stole the show were all the CUTE PUPPIES!  In the book, Fliss owns and operates a dog walking service, so puppies are never far out of the story in this book.  I love when there is something to make a romance unique, and I think the love of animals really stands out here.

Perfect for the beach, you should take advantage of the last days of summer by grabbing Holiday in the Hamptons, hitting the beach, and curling up for a quick and flirty read!

Final Rating


About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes hot, happy contemporary romance and her trademark humour and sensuality have gained her fans across the globe. 

Described as ‘a magician with words’ by RT Book Reviews, she has sold over 15 million copies of her books. She has been nominated five times for the prestigious RITA© Award from the Romance Writers of America and won the award three times; in 2012 for her book ‘Doukakis’s Apprentice’, 2013 for ‘A Night of No Return’, and 2017 for ‘Miracle on 5th Avenue’. She also won the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award in 2012 and has made numerous appearances in their ‘Top Pick’ slot.

As a child Sarah dreamed of being a writer and although she took a few interesting detours along the way, she is now living that dream.

Sarah lives near London with her husband and children, and when she isn’t reading or writing she loves being outdoors, preferably on vacation so she can forget the house needs tidying.


Giveaway

1 winner will receive a Kate Spade Beach Themed Prize Pack, US/Canada Only.


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