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SST Review: This Ordinary Life by Jennifer Walkup

Posted October 11, 2015 by Emily in Blog Tour, Review / 3 Comments

SST Review: This Ordinary Life by Jennifer Walkup

SST Review: This Ordinary Life by Jennifer WalkupThis Ordinary Life by Jennifer Walkup
Published by Luminis Books, Inc. on October 1st 2015
Genres: Love & Romance, Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: ARC tour
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Sometimes Hope is the Most Extraordinary Gift of All.
High-school radio host Jasmine Torres's life is full of family dysfunction, but if she can score the internship of her dreams with a New York City radio station, she knows she can turn things around.
That is, until her brother DannyÂ’s latest seizure forces her to miss the interview, and sheÂ’s back to the endless loop of missing school for his doctor appointments, picking up the pieces of her motherÂ’s booze-soaked life, and stressing about DannyÂ’s future.
Then she meets Wes. HeÂ’s the perfect combination of smart, cute, and funny. He also happens to have epilepsy like her brother. Wes is living a normal life despite his medical issues, which gives Jasmine hope for Danny. But memories of her cheating ex-boyfriend keep her from going on a real date with Wes, no matter how many times he asks her.
Jasmine canÂ’t control everything. Not who wins the internship, not her motherÂ’s addiction, not her brotherÂ’s health--not even where her heart will lead her. She wishes she could just have an ordinary life, but maybe what she already has is pretty extraordinary after all.

It’s not everyday when  you read a book that really surprises you the way This Ordinary Life surprised me. I’m not talking about the plot. The plot is great, but it’s not overly surprising or shocking. That’s not a bad thing, its not meant to be. What I’m talking about is more personal. I mean that feeling when you suddenly realize that you are loving this book and you never expected to.  I’m not much for contemporary so I expected that I would like this book but I never saw myself loving it.

Jasmine is an independent and strong teenager. She takes on much more responsibility than she should have to  at her age. When most girls are going out after school, she takes care of her brother, Danny, who has epilepsy and her alcoholic mother. She juggles school, taking care of her family and her true love, working at her high school’s radio station. The balance is precarious and when one thing shifts, everything falls apart. Danny has a major seizure that lands him in the hospital, she misses an interview for her dream internship, and she walks into her boyfriend with another girl. Luckily that’s the same day she meet’s Wes.

I really identified with Jazzy. She’s a worrier. She’s spent so much time keeping everything together, she doesn’t know how to let go, even a little. I know exactly how that feels. She is the only one in her life that takes care of things. She hasn’t had anyone to take care of her in a long time. She has so much pressure placed on her to keep everything running smoothly. When things start to slide she feels like everything has fallen apart.

Wes is the opposite of Jasmine but they fit together so well. Wes was adorable! He liked Jazzy in such a sweet way. She continually insists that they are just friends and he’s ok with that, while making it clear that he wants more. My favorite part of the whole book was when View Spoiler ». Wes has epilepsy too. For Jazzy, he represents the happy future that she hopes her brother will have.

I really enjoyed this book! It was such a sweet, fun read.

About the Author

Award-winning author Jennifer Walkup is most often found writing, reading, and spending time with her husband and young sons. A member of SCBWI and RWA, Jennifer also works as an editor and creative writing instructor, and is an advocate for Epilepsy awareness. This Ordinary Life is her second novel.

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Awesome Indie: You are Mine by Janeal Falor

Posted September 25, 2015 by Emily in Awesome Indie / 0 Comments

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Awesome Indie: You are Mine by Janeal FalorYou Are Mine by Janeal Falor
Series: Mine #1
on May 6th 2013
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Serena knows a few simple things. She will always be owned by a warlock. She will never have freedom. She will always do what her warlock wishes, regardless of how inane, frivolous, or cruel it is. And if she doesn’t follow the rules, she will be tarnished. Spelled to be bald, inked, and barren for the rest of her life—worth less than the shadow she casts.
Then her ownership is won by a barbarian from another country. With the uncertainty that comes from belonging to a new warlock, Serena questions if being tarnished is really worse than being owned by a barbarian, and tempts fate by breaking the rules. When he looks the other way instead of punishing her, she discovers a new world. The more she ventures into the forbidden, the more she learns of love and a freedom just out of reach. Serena longs for both. But in a society where women are only ever property, hoping for more could be deadly.

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I hope you enjoy this excerpt as much as I did. The world sounds intriguing. If you are a fan of Glass Arrow, this is one you might want to check out!

 

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Chapter One

My blood will entice warlocks to ask for my hand in marriage, so of course Father wants it spilled. The sooner the magic within it is measured, the sooner he can sell me off. According to the laws of Chardonia, there’s no escaping it. For me that day has come.

From the way Father’s bulky frame lounges on the couch in the men’s waiting area as he casually smokes his pipe, one would think my testing doesn’t matter. I suppose it doesn’t, as long as I have enough magic to make him a beneficial connection. The greater the level of magic flowing in my veins, the better the marriage offer will be. And of course, whatever my owner wants, I must deliver. Only, I can’t control how much magic is in my blood.

I shift my weight trying not to think about things I can’t change, but it’s hard to think of anything else as I stand in the cramped women’s corner of the testing center. A soft tut sounds from mother. If anyone has reason to be uncomfortable it’s her. Eight months pregnant with sweat glistening through her white face paint, though the spring day is just beginning to warm. Too many other women are crowded about waiting with their daughters. Her eyes don’t lift to mine, instead staying properly focused on the ground. From the set of her mouth, the lecture about my fidgeting will come when we’re home. After I’ve brought her favorite food to help pacify her a bit.

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ARC Review: Rooville by Julie Long

ARC Review: Rooville by Julie Long

Rooville: A Novel by Julie Long Published by SparkPress on September 8th 2015 Source: Free for Review, Netgalley Even after thirteen years in Southern California, Owen Martin can feel the corners of his squareness still sharply evident. HeÂ’s a TV weatherman bored by the beautiful climate. He wants to coach basketball but all the kids play soccer. And he seems to be the only person who thinks a fruit smoothie is a poor substitute for a vanilla shake. When heÂ’s fired from his job, Owen is relieved to head home to Iowa, to the town his ancestors founded and the simple life he knew before his father died. He canÂ’t predict the atmospheric pressure he’s about to encounter, which, as any meteorologist knows, is the key catalyst for change. . . .In his absence, Martinville has become the center of the Transcendental Meditation movement and host to all things alternative. There are golden domes for mass meditations, a vegan café where the burger joint stood, and all the shop doors around Town Square now face east. But far worse than anything is the danger to the Martin family farm. In a town divided between “Regulars” and “Roos” (gurus), Owen is clear where he stands until he falls for a levitator instead of the down-to-earth girl he had in mind. With old customs and open-mindedness clashing like warm and cold […]

Posted September 8, 2015 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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Review: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Review: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Librarything | Goodreads | Amazon Synopsis On the island of Thisby, the water horses come every November. Only the bravest or the most foolhardy attempt to capture the Capaill Usice. Its dangerous work and its all for nothing if they can’t enter the races. On Thisby, people live for November and the Scorpio Races or they die trying. Puck Connolly never wanted to ride in the races. All she has ever wanted is to live on Thisby and for everything to stay the same. Them her brother Gabe shocks her by saying he’s leaving for the mainland. Everything is changing so quickly. She never wanted to race but now she has no other choice. Sean Kendrick has won the Scorpio Races four times. While other people race for the money or for the prestige, he has reasons of his own. Sean might race every year and win but he wishes that he didn’t have to. There’s one thing on Earth that Sean longs for and its the one thing he can’t have. Thoughts Everyone loves this book and can’t say enough good things about it. Since I started blogging, I’ve heard it recommended more often than any other book. Since I hadn’t read it yet, I was very excited when I found it at the library. People are scrambling to collect Maggie Stiefvater’s ARCs on #booktrade like they are […]

Posted June 16, 2015 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment
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TTT Thursday: Live

TTT Thursday: Live

The Fault in Our Stars by John GreenLibrarything | Goodreads | Amazon Now there’s a movie. Everyone has heard of The Fault in our Stars. Still, I loved this book. I read it before the movie came out and I didn’t know much about it. Since I didn’t know much about it I was finishing it up on an airplane. If you’ve read this book, then you know. If you don’t, I will just tell you. I bawled. I unabashedly cried my eyes out while I kept getting sideways glances from the people sitting around me. Be warned, read this book in the comfort of your own home. The main theme in The Fault in our Stars is living every day as if its your last. For Hazel Lancaster, any day might actually be her last. She has Thyroid cancer that has spread to her lungs and she is dying. She has given up, she knows she is going to die but don’t know when so she just continues on waiting for the inevitable. Forced by her parents to attend a support group for cancer survivors at a local church, she meets Augustus Waters. If you liked The Fault in Our Stars, you might like: Every Day by David Levithan Librarything | Goodreads | Amazon In Every Day by David Levithan, every day is always different for A. Every single day, […]

Posted June 4, 2015 by Emily in IFTTT Thursday / 0 Comments
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What I read 5/11-5/17

What I read 5/11-5/17

So this was a slow week. I only read 5 books. However, I really enjoyed all of them. 3 were ARCs (Advance Reading Copies) that I received at TLA. Title: So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed Author: Jon Ronson Genre: Nonfiction Format: ebook Publishing Information: 4/30/15 by Riverhead books Source: purchased Librarything | Goodreads | Amazon I love Jon Ronson. He writes nonfiction about odd or interesting topics. This book explores the new trend of internet retribution; the way people’s lives can be destroyed with one stupid comment on social media. I also recommend The Psychopath Test. Title: The Master Author: Kresley Cole Genre: Romance Format: ebook Publishing Information: 2/17/15 by Gallery Books Source: purchased Librarything | Goodreads | Amazon This is number 2 in a series. Its about a Russian mobster who finds love in the least likely place. The Heroine is running from her past and runs straight into Maxsim’s arms.  The story and the characters were very detailed. I like a good story with my romance. Read this if you like Nora Roberts. Title: Everything, Everything Author: Nicola Yoon Genre: YA Format: Paperback, 320 Pages Publishing Information: 9/1/15 by Delacourte Books Source: received free ARC at TLA Librarything | Goodreads | Amazon I’m going to do a more detailed review of Everything,  Everything in a few days. The theme really reminded me of The Fault in Our Stars. It was about young love and living every day as if it’s your last. I highly recommend it! It comes out […]

Posted May 17, 2015 by Emily in Uncategorized, What I read / 0 Comments
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Blog Tour Review and Giveaway: Marry Me, Charlotte B!

Blog Tour Review and Giveaway: Marry Me, Charlotte B!

Welcome to the Fandomly Bookish blog tour! This is the first one I’ve been invited to do. I love free books as much as the next girl, so I hope that I’m invited back! If you like free books too, then read to the end for the giveaway! Synopsis Nellie Canlas loves her job. She loves being assistant to reality TV star and wedding planner goddess, the fabulous Charlotte Bertram, and she loves working with couples to make their wedding dreams come true. What she doesn’t love is having cameras following her all the time, especially when sheÂ’s crushing hard on the lawyer from another floor.  Robert Bertram doesn’t like planning weddings. He doesn’t like being on TV either. But when he finds himself in possession of NellieÂ’s diary, he thinks he can turn her into anyoneÂ’s dream girl. If he doesn’t fall for her first. Published: 4/30/15 by Midnight Books Genre: New Adult Goodreads – Amazon – Smashwords Things I liked I loved the premise of this book. There are so many reality shows on TV but this is the first book I’ve read that tries to capture that feeling. The story is really cute and I thought that the premise was very original. Its unusual to find a way to approach a romance that hasn’t been attempted before and I think Carla De Guzman succeeded there! Nellie is a […]

Posted May 14, 2015 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 0 Comments
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First Ever Triple T Thursday

First Ever Triple T Thursday

Hopefully this will be a regular thing. I’m going to describe a popular book that you might know. Then I will talk about a different book that you might like if you like the first book. These two books will have something in common that makes me think that you might like one if you like the other. If you like this, then you might like that. Let me know if you agree with my picks! Lords of the Underworld Book 1 Darkest Night by Gena Showalter This is the first book in a larger series. That’s what first attracted me because I love series. I’m nosy and I want to know what happens next. Always. This is Paranormal Romance. Remember Pandora’s box? In this world Pandora was protecting the box. Some men were jealous so they opened the box. Their punishment is being cursed with housing  one evil inside themselves and keeping the world safe. In the first book there is lots of exposition and also a very well written love story between Maddox (Keeper of Violence) and Ashlyn a girl with a superpower of her own. Maddox and Ashlyn start out as mortal enemies who learn to trust each other as they fall in love. There’s lots of side stories introducing the other characters as well. If you like this, you might like: Demonica book 1 Pleasure Unbound by […]

Posted April 23, 2015 by Emily in IFTTT Thursday / 1 Comment
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