Tuesday, 5 May 2015

[BLOG TOUR] Some Kind of Normal by Juliana Stone- Review, Excerpt & Giveaway!





Title: Some Kind of Normal
Author: Juliana Stone
Series: Companion to Boys Like You
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format:Hardcover304 pages
Release Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Source: eARC received from Publisher in exchange for an honest review






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What is Normal?

For Trevor normal was fast guitar licks, catching game-winning passes and partying all night. Until a car accident leaves Trevor with no band, no teammates and no chance of graduating. It's kinda hard to ace your finals when you've been in a coma. The last thing he needs is stuck-up Everly Jenkins as his new tutor—those beautiful blue eyes catching every last flaw.

For Everly normal was a perfect family around the dinner table, playing piano at Sunday service and sunning by the pool. Until she discovers her whole life is a lie. Now the perfect pastor's daughter is hiding a life-changing secret, one that is slowly tearing her family apart. And spending the summer with notorious flirt Trevor Lewis means her darkest secret could be exposed.



Some Kind of Normal is a book that I knew I had to read because of who the author is. She is one of the authors that is on my auto read list because when I read Boys Like You last year it changed me. I loved that book more than I thought I would and to this day I still think about the characters and the events of that book. But Some Kind of Normal is a different kind of amazing for me. I loved this book because it was one of those books that tells you that there is a secret that needs to be discovered but won't tell you what it is. You have to find out with the rest of the characters, and I loved that because it keeps you engrossed in the book and its characters.

Characters. They are seriously important in any contemporary novel, and so when I started reading this book I knew these characters were perfect. Everly is the one with the secret, and it has changed her life and the way she sees the world and especially her family. I loved Everly because she was so strong and yet so frightened of ruining the facade that she has crested around her family. Then there is Trevor, a young man who got into a horrible car accident that changed his life forever. He is in and out of hospitals and he can't do the one thing he loves the most, make music. These characters have nothing in common, and yet have everything in common. Both of their lives are turned upside down and they ultimately feel alone. Until they meet.

Everly is Trevor's tutor and it is this chance encounter that changes their lives forever. There is an attraction there right away but both characters have their own demons to get through and they just have to realize that they have to face them together. And once they do, it is amazing.

Juliana Stone is an amazing writer, her stories drip with realism and make you feel things for her characters. You want to hug them, make then feel better in any way you can and they ultimately stay with you long after you finish the book. Please pick up Some Kind of Normal. It is an amazing piece of YA Fiction, these characters deserve to be heard and this story deserves to be read. Amazing book.

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Juliana Stone fell in love with books in the fifth grade when her teacher introduced her to Tom Sawyer. A tomboy at heart, she split her time between baseball, books, and music—three passions that carried over into adulthood. When she’s not singing with her band, she’s thrilled to be writing young adult and adult contemporary romance, and does so from her home in Canada.





Excerpt


“You got any?” he asked.
“Any what?”
“Tattoos?”
“Me?” I had to laugh at that. Wow. Before last year that would have been grounds for major punishment. Heck, up until my senior year, I hadn’t been allowed to wear lip gloss. Now I wasn’t so sure that my mom would even notice, and since I avoided my dad whenever I could…
“No,” I said, shaking my head. “My skin is untouched.”
His eyes widened a bit, and I felt heat creep up my neck. Great. Now I was blushing again.
“Untouched,” he said with that lopsided smile that made my stomach dip. “I like that.”
“You do?”
“Yep. A clean slate. There’s something almost poetic about that, you know? Tragic too. How many people get a do--over?”
Trevor reached for my hand, and though my first instinct was to snatch it back, his long fingers enveloped mine before I had the chance. He turned my hand over so that my palm faced up and then traced the little blue lines that ran down my wrist.
I can’t lie. It felt weird and good, and my heart took off once more, so fast that I was surprised he couldn’t hear it.
“This is…kind of…like ink,” he said, his words a little slow as if he was thinking hard. “But it’s alive.”
He glanced up again, and all I could do was nod before my eyes dropped to his hand. Mine was still there, small and pale next to his large palm and tanned skin. I saw the thin blue veins that ran down my wrist, the ones that carried blood from my heart, electrifying my cells and feeding my body.
His thumb rested just beneath my pulse, and I swallowed thickly. Crap, he was going to feel how fast it was, and that would be embarrassing.
“Your fingers are rough.” I blushed harder and thought that there was no way I could sound any more like an idiot. Not even if I was trying.
“Yeah,” he answered. “It’s from playing guitar. I practice a lot so my calluses are nice and strong.”
“I used to play piano.”
Wow. Good comeback. I guess it was better than a clarinet or trombone, but really. Dork much?

…Had he always looked this intense?
“What?” he asked. He smiled again and I thought that on a scale of one to ten, his smile was a total eleven. “You’re into the classics. That’s cool. Didn’t picture that.”
“Really. What exactly did you picture?” Shoot. Did I really want to hear this?
“I don’t know. PBS and that Jane Austen?”
Okay. First off, I was impressed that he knew who Jane Austen was, and secondly…he knew who Jane Austen was!
I dropped my eyes, because I was pretty sure that my cheeks were as red as the roses planted just outside the library. Trevor Lewis wasn’t anything like what I thought he’d be. He wasn’t stupid and he wasn’t arrogant. He wasn’t slow or weird.
He seemed pretty normal to me.
You know, for a guy with tattoos and blue hair.


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Two Broken souls…one hot summer
Nate Everet’s life was all about acoustic guitar, girls in short shorts, and hot Southern nights.Until the accident.
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Now Nate has a best friend who might never wake up, a summer of community service, and enough guilt to drown him. Monroe has a family that’s falling apart, a summer of banishment to her grandma’s, and a choking grief that makes it hard to breathe.
Nate and Monroe are two lost souls struggling with grief and guilt. But together, they have a chance at acceptance and finally finding the forgiveness they crave.
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Tuesday, 21 April 2015

[BLOG TOUR] 99 Dyas by Katie Cotugno



Title: 99 Days
Author: Katie Cotugno
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Release Date: April 21st 2015
Publisher: Harper Teen
Source: eARC received fro blog tour in exchange for an honest review

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Day 1: Julia Donnelly eggs my house my first night back in Star Lake, and that’s how I know everyone still remembers everything—how I destroyed my relationship with Patrick the night everything happened with his brother, Gabe. How I wrecked their whole family. Now I’m serving out my summer like a jail sentence: Just ninety-nine days till I can leave for college, and be done.

Day 4: A nasty note on my windshield makes it clear Julia isn’t finished. I’m expecting a fight when someone taps me on the shoulder, but it’s just Gabe, home from college and actually happy to see me. “For what it’s worth, Molly Barlow,” he says, “I’m really glad you’re back.”

Day 12: Gabe got me to come to this party, and I’m actually having fun. I think he’s about to kiss me—and that’s when I see Patrick. My Patrick, who’s supposed to be clear across the country. My Patrick, who’s never going to forgive me.
   
 
 






99 Days was a book that I was both excited and nervous to read at the same time. I knew the subject matter going in, I had heard from many people that the main plot dealt with cheating. And they were not wrong. I hate cheating characters in any setting, whether it be TV, Movies or books, so I knew going in that I was not going to particularly like the main character. But to be honest I was a little surprised at how much I did like her. I mean there were moments, especially near the end of the book that I questioned her motives and whether she actually learned anything at all from her mistake. But overall I liked her. She was spunky and independent and I liked that about her.

I had many issues with this book overall, first let’s talk about the cheating. It was constant and without that much guilt, so therein lies the issue for me. I wanted our main character to learn from the mistakes she made the first time, but it almost seemed like she couldn’t help herself. It was a pattern for her, she cheated, ran away, came back, cheated again and then ultimately ran away at the end again. What I did love about the main character was that she finally stood up to the bullies that had been harassing her since she came back into town. She acknowledged the double standard when it comes to cheating and honestly I think was my favorite part, that someone finally said something about this because it takes two to cheat. And it was just nice to finally see that on paper.

Overall I loved the writing. Katie has a way of making a story that you cannot stop reading. And that is what happened for me here. Although I didn’t agree with the characters choices, I still wanted to keep reading and see what happened. The story pulled me in from the very beginning and I found myself thinking about the characters when I wasn’t actually reading the book. So In the end the writing saved this book for me. Katie is an amazing writer, and How To Love will forever be one of my favorite YA Contempoaries of all time. I cannot wait to read more from Katie, even though this one fell a little short for me.





NOW FOR MY DREAM CAST!

Molly:
Lily Collins
 

Patrick:
Logan Lerman
 

Gabe:
Robbie Amell
 

Julia:
Abigail Breslin
 
Tess:
Molly C. Quinn
 



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The Readers Den - Review

DanaSquare - Review + Guest Post

Bittersweet Reads - Review + Favorite Quotes

Feed Your Fiction Addiction - Promotional Post








The Magic of Words - Interview

Library of a Book Witch - Review + Dreamcast + Playlist



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Reader Rising - Interview


Bookish - Review + Playlist




Andi's ABCs - Review + Favorite Quotes

Bookmark Lit - Review

Emilie's Book World - Review + Favorite Quotes


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Sergio Dice - Review

Daring Damsels - Review

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Sunday, 29 March 2015

[BLOG TOUR] All the Rage by Courtney Summers



Title: All the Rage
Author: Courtney Summers
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA Contemporary, Social Issues
Format: Hardcover336 pages
Release Date: April 14th 2015
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Source: ARC received from publisher for Blog Tour in exchange for an honest review

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The sheriff’s son, Kellan Turner, is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is, and Romy Grey knows that for a fact. Because no one wants to believe a girl from the wrong side of town, the truth about him has cost her everything—friends, family, and her community. Branded a liar and bullied relentlessly by a group of kids she used to hang out with, Romy’s only refuge is the diner where she works outside of town. No one knows her name or her past there; she can finally be anonymous. But when a girl with ties to both Romy and Kellan goes missing after a party, and news of him assaulting another girl in a town close by gets out, Romy must decide whether she wants to fight or carry the burden of knowing more girls could get hurt if she doesn’t speak up. Nobody believed her the first time—and they certainly won’t now — but the cost of her silence might be more than she can bear. 

With a shocking conclusion and writing that will absolutely knock you out,All the Rage examines the shame and silence inflicted upon young women after an act of sexual violence, forcing us to ask ourselves: In a culture that refuses to protect its young girls, how can they survive?



Courtney Summers is an author that I will forever read, no matter what age I am or what subject she decides to conquer. Courtney has a way of writing real and damaged characters that I relate to on a level that I have never experienced before. All the Rage is a very hard book to read. I am not going to sugar coat the topics in this book because they are horrible. Rape, bullying and guilt are prominent in every page you read and I will tell you know it was hard to read. But in the best way possible. These kinds of book need to be on shelves and read by as many people as possible.

All the Rage follows a young girl named Romy who was once part of the crowd, until one night with the Sheriffs son ruins her reputation and her life as she knows it. That night changes her life forever. Now she is outcast as a liar and the people she used to be able to turn to torment her on a daily basis. But one night changes the dynamic again, when a girl goes missing after a party and the entire town seems to blame her. Like I said this book is INTENSE.

I loved Romy's character because she was so incredibly real. With every turn of the page I felt more and more anxiety for her and what she was going through. I wanted to go through the page and just give her a hug because I think she needed one so badly. She needed someone to believe her for once and to see through the facade she was putting on. My heart literally ached whiled reading this book because the depiction of bullying was so realistic. Many people that have never been bullied don't realized how all encompassing it can become and how much it can run your life. And I am so glad that Courtney does this with every book that she writes.

All the Rage is a book that NEEDS to be read. The characters, the situations and the actions are things that need to be written and Courtney is doing that, and I am so grateful for her because it gives a voice to those that don't think they have one. I am not going to say much more about the book itself because the more I say the more you will know going in, and I think for this type of book you need to go in blind. It will make your reading experience that much more intense and that is what this book is about. This not a fast read. It will make you cringe and gasp in places and for me, I had to put it down many times. But please read this book. Kids need to know that these types of book exist because it will help them realize that they are not alone. These types of book matter, and I guess to end this review I need to thanks Courtney Summers for being brave enough to write these types of characters and for being one of the most amazing authors I have ever read.

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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

[eARC Review] Liars Inc by Paula Stokes



Title: Liars Inc.
Author: Paula Stokes
Series: Standalone
Genre:YA Mystery/Thriller
Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Release Date: March 24th 2015
Publisher: Harper Teen
Source: eARC received from publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

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For fans of Gone Girl, I Hunt Killers, and TV's How to Get Away with Murder.

Max Cantrell has never been a big fan of the truth, so when the opportunity arises to sell forged permission slips and cover stories to his classmates, it sounds like a good way to make a little money and liven up a boring senior year. With the help of his friends Preston and Parvati, Max starts Liars, Inc. Suddenly everybody needs something and the cash starts pouring in. Who knew lying could be so lucrative?

When Preston wants his own cover story to go visit a girl he met online, Max doesn’t think twice about hooking him up. Until Preston never comes home. Then the evidence starts to pile up—terrifying clues that lead the cops to Preston’s body. Terrifying clues that point to Max as the murderer.

Can Max find the real killer before he goes to prison for a crime he didn’t commit? In a story that Kirkus Reviews called "Captivating to the very end," Paula Stokes starts with one single white lie and weaves a twisted tale that will have readers guessing until the explosive final chapters.
  


Paula Stokes has quickly become one of my favorite contempoaray authors, every since I read The Art of Lainey last year. So when I leanred that she was going to be writing a YA Mystery I was very excited and knew I had to read it. And I am so glad that I did because this book was a page turner!

What I think I liked the most about this book was its characters. They were so real and interesting to read. They were also very hard to like which is a very different reading experience for me. We first meet Max, a young man who is a very interesting character. He is snarky, untrustworthy and niave. I actually really liked that Max was our narrator because he was interesting. He saw things from a very interesting perspective. I loved his relationhsips with his girlfriend Pavarti and his best friend Preston. I loved them because they were complicated. I knew right off  the batt that I didnt particularly like Pavarti or Preston. There was just something that was off for me. And I wanted desperately for Max to see it, but if he did we wouldnt have had this mytery would we?

The whole premise of this book is that Preston goes missing, police then find his body and it links Max to the murder. Intriguing right? And you would be right. This mystery kept me reading from beginning to end. It is a page turner that makes you want to find out what happened and why is Max being framed. But I will say that the outcome was a bit obvious...to me at least. I am a sucker for anything mystery and my husband gets mad at me when we watch those types of shows and i figure out who the killer is before it is revealed. So it is no suprise to me that I figured it out. But what makes this a great book was that the fact that I figured out the end did not hinder my reading experience. I still really enjoyed the book.

The only thing that I did not like that much was Pavarti and Prestons relationhip and what it meant for the story. Overall it was a bit creepy and although it makes for more conflict, it just made for extra drama that did not need to be there. But overall I really liked this mystery and you will be reading from beginning to end on the edge of your seat. Such a great new mystery to add to your shelves!
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Thursday, 12 March 2015

[eARC Review] Little Peach by Peggy Kern




Title: Little Peach
Author: Peggy Kern
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA Contemporary, Abuse
Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Release Date: March 10th 2015
Publisher: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
Source: eARC received from publisher ia Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

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What do you do if you're in trouble?

When Michelle runs away from her drug-addicted mother, she has just enough money to make it to New York City, where she hopes to move in with a friend. But once she arrives at the bustling Port Authority, she is confronted with the terrifying truth: she is alone and out of options.

Then she meets Devon, a good-looking, well-dressed guy who emerges from the crowd armed with a kind smile, a place for her to stay, and eyes that seem to understand exactly how she feels.

But Devon is not what he seems to be, and soon Michelle finds herself engulfed in the world of child prostitution where he becomes her “Daddy” and she his “Little Peach.” It is a world of impossible choices, where the line between love and abuse, captor and savior, is blurred beyond recognition.

This hauntingly vivid story illustrates the human spirit’s indomitable search for home, and one girl’s struggle to survive.



Little Peach is not an easy book to read. It is a fast read, but the subject matter was not an easy thing to read. This book is dark. Darker than I thought it was going to be. Michelle is a character that was born into a bad situation. Life did not hand her any favors and it doesnt look like she ever will get any. Michelle ran away from home to escape her drunk and drugged up mother. This seemed liek a great idea for her until she gets to New York with no one to turn to and one where to sleep. That is where Devon comes in. He helps Michelle out but he is not what he seems, and when Michelle finds out it is too late. She is too deep in his world and she can't turn back.

I really don't know how to review this book because although the subject matter was handled in an interesting way and the voice of Michelle was quite well done, there was something missing for me. I didn't connect with Michelle on the level I needed for me to be invested. I think I was invested more in the overall outcomes of the story than the characters themselves. I wanted to know if all the characters would get out alive. I wanted to know what happened to make her wantto leave everything she knew and I am glad that we got glimpses of her past because it helped me get a better picture of Michelle and what she was dealing with.

The writing in this book is very curt and short and it helps build teh tension and showcase how niave Michelle was to the outside world and what was going on around her. I wish that the book was longer so we could have more in depth into Michelle and what actually happened to her before and after what happened. But as it stands this book is not for everyone. Be preapred for some very tough subjects like prostitution, child prostitution and rape. Like I said, this book is a tough one, I just wish there was more of a resolution in the end so we could see some semblance of hope for Michelle.

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Tuesday, 10 March 2015

[eARC Review] Better Than Perfect by Melissa Kantor




Title: Better Than Perfect
Author: Melissa Kantor
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Release Date: February 17th 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: eARC received from publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

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Juliet Newman has it all. A picture-perfect family; a handsome, loving boyfriend; and a foolproof life plan: ace her SATs, get accepted into Harvard early decision, and live happily ever after.

But when her dad moves out and her mom loses it, Juliet begins questioning the rules she’s always lived by. And to make everything even more complicated there’s Declan, the gorgeous boy who makes her feel alive and spontaneous—and who’s totally off-limits. Torn between the life she always thought she wanted and one she never knew was possible, Juliet begins to wonder: What if perfect isn't all it’s cracked up to be?

Melissa Kantor once again delivers a tale that is equal parts surprising, humorous, heartbreaking, and romantic. Powerful and honest, Juliet’s story brilliantly portrays the highs and lows of life in high school and will resonate with any reader who has experienced either.




I fell in love with Melissa Kantor last yeats when I read her book One More Day and cried like a little baby for days. So when I saw that she was coming out with a new book this year I knew I had to read it. I went into this book blind, I hadn't read the synopsis or heard anyting about it from other bloggers. So when I got into the book I was surprised, and not really in a good way.

Juliet has the perfect life. The perfect family, the perfect grades and the perfect boyfriends. But when her dad moves out and her mother loses it everything around her falls apart. It doesnt help that her boyfriend is away on a family vacation when all of this happens. Juliet doesnt know what to do anyone, and then walks in Declan. Now here is where I had my issues with this book. I know there have been a lot of talk lately about cheating in YA and I will admit that there is some in this book and I was not okay with it. That is not to say that I ahe cheating in all books no matter the situation, if the story warrents it and it makes sense for the character then yes, I will look the other way. But for me, in this book it didn't make as much sense as it should have.

To me Juliet had hard situation to deal with, that much is crystal clear, and her wanting to escape that life is totally understandable. But for me she did not have to do anything with Declan. Having feeling for him is normal, she had been with her boyfriends for a long time, so seeing someone new and having attraction to them is normal, that is not my issue. My issue was that she never told her boyfriend. Never really felt it necessary to own up to her mistake. Another issue I had with this whoe senario was that she had every opportunity to tell her boyfriend that she needed space to figure stuff out, but she didn't. He was confirmatbale to her and so she stayed.

Although I liked the overall story, especially everything to do with Juliet's family, I just couldnt  get over her actions. I hate cheating in general, I am a product of such a relationhsip and honestly I have never been upfront with that, but it is what it is. It is the perogative of the people involved and for me these characters were not for me. I did not undertsand their relationhsip at all and in the end it wasnt for me. But that is not to say that this book washorrible. It was not, the writing was amazing as always and Melissa is still a favorite of mine, but this time it was just not for me.
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Monday, 9 March 2015

[eARC Review] Fairy Tale Reform School: Flunked



Title: Fairy Tale Reform School: Flunked
Author: Jen Calonita
Genre: MG Fantasy, Fairy Tales
Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Release Date: March 3rd 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Source: eARC received from publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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Would you send a villain to do a hero's job? An exciting new twisted fairy tale series from award-winning author Jen Calonita.

Full of regret, Cinderella's wicked stepmother, Flora, has founded the Fairy Tale Reform School with the mission of turning the wicked and criminally mischievous into upstanding members of Enchantasia.

Impish, sassy 12-year-old Gilly has a history of petty theft and she's not too sorry about it. When she lifts a hair clip, she gets tossed in reform school-for at least three months. But when she meets fellow students Jax and Kayla, she learns there's more to this school than its sweet mission. There's a battle brewing and she starts to wonder: can a villian really change?
  


As I have said MANY times over the years, I am sucker for Farit Tales and so this was a book that was not really a retelling but more of a alternate universe type of book. In Fairy Tale Reform School: Flunked we follow Gilly who is the daughter of the showmaker. But ever since Cinderella's glass slippers got popular and her Fairy Godmother dicided to make them with the flick of her wand, they have been broke. So Gilly took matters into her own hands and started to steal things for money, they way they can eat. But in this new Fairy Tale world when you get caught doing something illegal you go to the Fairy Tale Reform School. A place run by reformed evil witches that we all know and love.

What I think I liked the most about this book was its immagination. The idea behind this book is brilliant. I loved that the author took characters we know and turned them on their heads, and made them into something both different but yet still familair. Gilly was a great main character, she was funny, sarcastic and little deceiving. She was nosey and wanted to know everyones business but in the end that went to her advantage.

This book was extremely fun to read and a fast read as well. I believe I read it over a weekend. I really loved the characters, they were all so well done and memorable. I do think this book should be part of a series because it feels like Gilly and her friends at the Reform School could get inot trouble at every turn so it would be really fun to read. This book is Middle Grade so it reads younger and there is no romance, which was a nice change for me. I think if you are looking for great world building, immaginative stpry telling and great characters this book is for you!

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Friday, 6 March 2015

[Blog Tour] Changing Everything by Molly McAdams


I am so excited to be a part of the Changing Everything by Molly McAdams blog tour. I have loved Molly for years now so I am very excited to be able to share my love for this book!


Title: Changing Everything
Author: Molly McAdams
Series: Forgiving Lies #2.5
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Format: ebook, 112 pages
Release Date: March 3rd 2015
Publisher: William Morrow Impulse
Source: eARC received from publisher via Edelwiess for Blog Tour

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Paisley Morro has been in love with Eli since they were thirteen-years-old. But after twelve years of only being his best friend and wingman, the heartache that comes from watching him with countless other women becomes too much, and Paisley decides its time to lay all her feelings on the table.

Eli Jenkins has a life most guys would kill for: Dream job, countless women, and his best friend, Paisley, to be the girl he can always count on for everything else. But one conversation not only changes everything between them, it threatens to make him lose the only girl who has ever meant anything to him.

When tragedy strikes his family and Eli is forced to reevaluate his life, he realizes a life without Paisley isn’t a life at all. Only now, he may be too late.
  


At this point in my blogging "carrier" I have read almost every Molly McAdams book that is available to me. So when I saw the chance to read Changing Everything early I jumped, because I knew I would love it. And I wasn't wrong. What I think I love the most about Molly McAdams is that you can read all her book as Standalones (expect for Deceiving Lies of course) and yet you get a special treat every once in a while when characters from other books make appearences. I love this aspect of the books because its almost like a glimpse into a different aspect of their world.

Changing Everything follows Eli and Paisley, two best friends who's relationhsip is completely one sided. Eli is a ladies man where as Paisley is sitting on the sidelines loving him from afar. But when she confront him about her feelings their realtionhip is tested more than it ever has. I really can't say more than that because it woudl ruin the overall story, but let me just say that Molly does sexual tension LIKE NO ONE ELSE. I love reading these scenes because not only are they hot but they also allow for characters to really develop and express themselves.

I loved these charcters so much, anhd I wish this book was a full length novel and not a novella because I wanted to see more of these characters. Eli is as swoon worthy as any male lead and although he was frustrating at best in the begnning we see his tranformation and I loved that. We get to watch as he grows up and realized what he wants and what he is willing to fight for. Paisley on the other hand was a quiet lead character, and I liked that she was the every girl. Someone who is incredibly likable and yet totally relatetable, but not overly annoying to read.

I love this book so much, and like I said before I just wish that it was a full length novel because I think these characters had more in them and I wanted to see more! Molly you have done it again. Perfection. I cannot wait to read more from you, especially Trusting Liam coming out this summer!




Molly was kind enough to send along a snippit of the book!

Eli, Eli, Eli … bad move.
Here’s a little snippet from CHANGING EVERYTHING for y’all!
Enjoy!

“Don’t you have a shirt you can put on?”
Stepping up behind her, I rested my chin on top of her head and picked at the
pastry she’d just pulled out of the bag. “I do, but you woke me up.”
“I woke you up? I’m late. And your head is heavy,” she grumbled.
I put more pressure on her head and she elbowed my stomach. “What’s this?” I
asked, and pointed at the wrapped sandwich she’d just set down.
“There are two sausage English muffins for you.”
“Do they have—”
“Extra cheese? Yes, they do.”
I hugged her waist tightly. “You’re the best.” Grabbing one of the sandwiches, I
unwrapped it and held it in front of her so she could have the first bite before taking my
own. “I forgot it was Sunday,” I mumbled around the food.
She laughed and started to unwrap her own sandwich. “Good thing it was my
week to get food or I’d be sitting at my apartment starv— Wait. If I woke you up, why
are you in jeans?”
“I could’ve walked out here naked.”
Her body went stiff. “You don’t sleep naked.”
I pointed in the direction of my room with my sandwich. “Carrie’s here.”
“Who’s Carrie?”
“The girl from the bar a few weeks ago.”
“There are a lot of girls from O’Malley’s when it comes to you, Eli,” she
countered.
“Ouch. The girl from the night of my birthday.”
“Oompa-Loompa?”
“Pay,” I growled in warning.
Paisley pushed against the island, trying to move me away. “Move, I need to
leave.”
“No, you don’t.”
“You have a girl in your bed who is probably as naked as you were five minutes
ago. I should not be here when she wakes up.”
“And you’re my best friend and it’s Sunday morning. This is our tradition and
she’s not going to stop it because I forgot what today was.”
“Eli, let me go!” she hissed and jammed both her elbows into my stomach.
I bent forward as I took a step back. “Fuck, Pay!”
“Language! Let the Oompa-Loompa eat my breakfast, she’ll think you did
something nice for her.” She took three steps away from me before I was able to grab her
hand to stop her. Turning quickly, she stepped back up to me and tried to get in my face.
All five feet of her. “Do you know how horrible you look when you do things like this to
all these girls?” she seethed. “You’re twenty-five, Eli, grow up and stop being such a
whore! Stop treating every girl you meet like all she is to you is your next lay. Stop
letting them all be your next lay! Find someone who you actually want to spend your
time with and—”
“Ohmigod. Are you, like, everywhere?”
Paisley whipped her head to the side to look at Carrie, but I couldn’t take my eyes
off of Pay. Where was this coming from? She’d joked about all the girls I slept with, but
she’d never flipped out on me like this.
“Did I interrupt something?” Carrie gasped and shrieked, “I knew it! You are
fucking her!”
Paisley scoffed and met my gaze. “No, he’s not. That should be obvious since I’m
still around and none of the other girls are.”


 
 
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