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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


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.


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


BLOG TOUR --- Witchtown by Cory Putman Oakes [Review + Giveaway]

Title: Witchtown
Author(s): Cory Putman Oakes
Edition: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook; 320 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for Young Readers
Publication Date: July 18, 2017
Source: Rockstar Book Tours
Buy: Amazon - Barnes & Noble - iBooks - Book Depository

Tour Schedule

 Week One:
7/10/2017 - Brittany's Book Rambles - Interview
7/11/2017 - Book Briefs - Review
7/12/2017 - Always Me - Guest Post
7/13/2017 - The Blonde Bookworm - Review
7/14/2017 - YA and Wine - Interview

Week Two:

7/17/2017 - Savings in Seconds - Review
7/18/2017 - Wandering Bark Books - Guest Post
7/19/2017 - Eli to the nth - Review
7/20/2017 - Don't Judge, Read - Review
7/21/2017 - YA Book Madness - Interview

The Summary

When sixteen-year-old Macie O’Sullivan and her masterfully manipulative mother Aubra arrive at the gates of Witchtown—the most famous and mysterious witch-only haven in the world—they have one goal in mind: to rob it for all it’s worth.

But that plan derails when Macie and Aubra start to dig deeper into Witchtown’s history and uncover that there is more to the quirky haven than meets the eye.

Exploring the haven by herself, Macie finds that secrets are worth more than money in Witchtown.

Secrets have their own power.

My Review

I love books about magic, and I especially love books about different magic communities.  Witchtown by Cory Putman Oakes is chock full of both!  The reader follows Macie O'Sullivan, as she and her con-artist mother, Aubra, move onto their "last" big score: robbing the haven of Witchtown blind!  But as Macie digs deeper into Witchtown, she learns secrets, not only about the town, but about herself!

I loved this book!  It was fast-paced, full of twists, and fully satisfying at the end.  A truly well-done standalone novel.  Of course, I wish we could see more of Witchtown, because I think we could've used more of this potentially amazing setting, but it was always on this side of not fleshed out enough.  But the idea of a Second Inquisition is interesting, especially with the result not being the total destruction of all witches, but a segregation of witches from the general populace.  

However, the characters themselves were great!  You really felt what Macie, the main character, was going through, both within the relationship with her mother, and while she was unfurling the mysteries in Witchtown.  The friendship between Macie and Tayla was naturally developed, and you could really tell that both cared for each other.  I love when friendships are developed in a real way.  It always adds something to the story.

This book is just too fun!  A super-fast read, if you like witchiness, mysteries, and comeuppance, then you'll want to pick up Witchtown by Cory Putman Oakes this summer!

Final Rating

Other Books by Cory



About the Author

Sometime around sixth grade, Cory was forced to face the sad truth that being a heroine in a Tamora Pierce, Robin McKinley, or Madeleine L’Engle book was not, in fact, a valid future career choice. But since she thought it might be almost as much fun to grow up to be Tamora Pierce, Robin McKinley, or Madeleine L’Engle, she decided to do just that. She’s still working on it.

She officially made her sixth grade dream come true in 2011, with her debut young adult novel, THE VEIL. Cory’s debut middle grade, DINOSAUR BOY, came out from Sourcebooks in February of 2015 and it’s sequel, DINOSAUR BOY SAVES MARS, launched in February 2016. Cory’s next young adult novel, WITCHTOWN, will come out from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers on July 18, 2017.

Cory lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, Mark (who, luckily for all concerned, decided to stick with the whole “maybe-I’ll-be-a-lawyer” thing), their two kids, and their pets. In addition to writing, Cory enjoys running, cooking, and hanging out with her family. She is proud to be represented by Sarah LaPolla of Bradford Literary Agency. Photo by Sam Bond Photography


3 winners will receive a hardcover of WITCHTOWN! US Only.


BLOG TOUR --- Waste of Space by Gina Damico [Spotlight + Giveaway]

I am very excited to spotlight the latest book by one of my favorite authors, Gina Damico.  Waste of Space is a hilarious mix of sci-fi and reality television, once again feeling very current as is a signature of Gina's.  You'll be laughing so hard, you may just pee your pants, so fair warning.  A fun book to dive into this summer, pre-order Waste of Space from your favorite retailer today!

Title: Waste of Space
Author(s): Gina Damico
Edition: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook; 400 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for Young Readers
Publication Date: July 11, 2017
Source: Rockstar Book Tours
Buy: Amazon - Barnes & Noble - iBooks - Book Depository

Tour Schedule
 Week One:
7/3/2017 - Wandering Bark Books - Guest Post
7/4/2017 - Eli to the nth - Spotlight (Me!)
7/5/2017 - Two Chicks on Books - Excerpt
7/6/2017 - BookHounds YA - Review
7/7/2017 - Hooked To Books - Interview

Week Two:

7/10/2017 - Novel Novice - Review
7/11/2017 - A Dream Within A Dream - Excerpt
7/12/2017 - Lisa Loves Literature - Review
7/13/2017 - YA and Wine - Interview
7/14/2017 - YA Book Madness - Review

The Summary

Cram ten hormonal teens into a spaceship and blast off: that’s the premise for the ill-conceived reality show Waste of Space. The kids who are cast know everything about drama—and nothing about the fact that the production is fake. 

Hidden in a desert warehouse, their spaceship replica is equipped with state-of-the-art special effects dreamed up by the scientists partnering with the shady cable network airing the show. And it’s a hit! Millions of viewers are transfixed. 

But then, suddenly, all communication is severed. Trapped and paranoid, the kids must figure out what to do when this reality show loses its grip on reality.
Other Books by Gina



About the Author

Gina Damico is the author of Croak, Scorch, and Rogue, the grim-reapers-gone-wild books of the Croak trilogy. She has also dabbled as a tour guide, transcriptionist, theater house manager, scenic artist, movie extra, office troll, retail monkey, yarn hawker and breadmonger. A native of Syracuse, New York, she now lives outside Boston with her husband, two cats, and one dog, and while she has never visited hell in person, she has spent countless waking hours at the Albany Regional Bus Terminal, which is pretty darn close.


3 winners will receive a hardcover of WASTE OF SPACE! US Only.

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