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Review: Girl Out of Water

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by Laura Silverman

Published May 2, 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire

Summary:

Anise Sawyer plans to spend every minute of summer with her friends: surfing, chowing down on fish tacos drizzled with wasabi balsamic vinegar, and throwing bonfires that blaze until dawn. But when a serious car wreck leaves her aunt, a single mother of three, with two broken legs, it forces Anise to say goodbye for the first time to Santa Cruz, the waves, her friends, and even a kindling romance, and fly with her dad to Nebraska for the entire summer. Living in Nebraska isn’t easy. Anise spends her days caring for her three younger cousins in the childhood home of her runaway mom, a wild figure who’s been flickering in and out of her life since birth, appearing for weeks at a time and then disappearing again for months, or even years, without a word.

Complicating matters is Lincoln, a one-armed, charismatic skater who pushes Anise to trade her surfboard for a skateboard. As Anise draws closer to Lincoln and takes on the full burden and joy of her cousins, she loses touch with her friends back home – leading her to one terrifying question: will she turn out just like her mom and spend her life leaving behind the ones she loves?

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Review:

I finally finished this book!

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It took me a while to read it all, even though I really enjoyed the story. If I weren’t a human being with needs and responsibilities, I would have surfed or skated through the entire book in like less than a weekXD

Yup. I totally would have.

So–one of the things I like about this book is the characters. Anise, the main character, is great because her thoughts and personality made me internally laugh and smile in each chapter, and I could very well relate to her. And let’s not forget about Lincoln, who is the kind of guy that I think everyone should get to know of because he is so likable, and such a great character that brought life into the story. And even all the side characters were amazing with their own style.

And the other thing I like is the plot. Laura created this character who is comfortable with where she lives and doesn’t plan on doing anything else besides surfing. Until she is forced to fly out of California to take care of family, and there she meets people who help her to learn new things and change her views on skateboarding. This was a fun story for me to read and I loved the way how things played out in the novel. Overall, I think it is the perfect summer read for those who enjoy contemporary novels^^

Girl Out Of Water is a funny, entertaining, and refreshing novel with relatable and fresh characters, and great dialogue. And, and, and…I love Laura’s style of writing, and hope to read more of her novels in the future.

Thanks for reading!

Until next time,

Diane

Skateboarding at Venice Beach, California
I saw this picture featured on bing when I was currently reading Girl Out Of Water, and thought, “this picture captures the two worlds of Anise  just perfectly.”
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Blitz + Giveaway: The Right Fit

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by Daphne Dubois

Publication Date: April 12, 2017

Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Summary:

She’s sworn off love, he’s sworn off sex, but together they’ll score the goal of a lifetime.

When Maxine Nicholls discovers her fiancé is cheating, she turns to fast food and nighttime soap operas, but her sister has a plan—unbridled rebound sex with a stranger.

As one of Toronto’s hottest players, Antony Laurent tallies scores on and off the ice, but when the chiseled defense man hits a slump, rumors of a trade to the minor league send him to ambush a managers meeting at a posh club.

That night a chance encounter ends up as an unforgettable evening of passion. But Maxine and Antony are about to discover a game of casual hook ups can lead to something neither one of them thought they deserved—the right fit.

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About the Author

DaphneDaphne Dubois writes contemporary romance and believes the right book at the right time can make all the difference. When she’s not putting her characters in compromising positions (ahem), she works as a registered nurse. A member of the Writer’s Federation of Nova Scotia, she lives in Eastern Canada, the most romantic place in the world.

You can also find her writing for teens as B.R. Myers.

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Cover Reveal: Rowan Wood Legends

In today’s post, I’m going to be showing you the cover for Rowan Wood Legends, the second book to Rose Petal Graves:

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Summary:

Ancient secrets cannot remain buried forever.

Founded two centuries ago by a powerful tribe of Gottwa Indians, Rowan was a quiet town, so quiet that I fled after graduation. Staying away was the plan, but Mom died suddenly.

Dad said she suffered a stroke after she dug up one of the ancient graves in our backyard, which happens to be the town cemetery. Creepy, I know. Creepier still, there was no corpse inside the old coffin, only fresh rose petals.

As we made preparations for Mom’s burial, new people began arriving in Rowan, unnervingly handsome and odd people. I begged them to leave, but they stayed, because their enemies—my ancestors—were beginning to awaken.

And now, the cover for Rowan Wood Legends:

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Blitz + Giveaway: Shag Lake

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by Susan McEachern

Publication Date: July 11, 2017

Genres: Action, Adventure, New Adult, Romance, Science Fiction

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Summary:

Geri McKenna hasn’t seen her brother’s best friend, Sean Eastman, since he graduated high school. Sean left their little town of Pembroke just hours after she nailed him with a kiss behind the shed, never to be seen or heard from again. No calls, no texts, no social media to stalk online.

Eight years after the awkward incident behind the shed, Geri and Sean meet again. She’s now an ambitious journalist working in a dead end job, and he’s a successful structural engineer working on a classified government project. For different reasons, they’re both interested in a woman who has gone missing midst allegations of a Sasquatch encounter in the vincinity of Shag Lake. Geri is determined to get the scoop on the hottest story to hit the Internet, while Sean is determined to stop her.

Dodging other-worldly creatures and a corrupt shadow government, Geri and Sean struggle to find neutral ground in this debut new adult adventure by author Susan McEachern (who also writes young adult as award-winning author S.M. McEachern).

Author Bio:

SMAward winning author S.M. McEachern (also known as Susan) attended Dalhousie University in the 1990s where she earned an Honours Degree in Sustainable Development Studies, specializing in ocean resources. With a background in international development and resource management, as well as being the wife of a military officer, Susan has had first hand experience in international affairs and policies. She attributes Elizabeth Mann Borgese–daughter of Nobel prize winner, Thomas Mann–as one of the greatest influences on her view of world politics. Susan had the privilege to work and study under Mann Borgese, an author, teacher and political activist for world peace. The first book of a series, “Sunset Rising”, combines Susan’s knowledge of politics and resource management with her love for Young Adult literature and action and adventure. The second book of the series, “Worlds Collide”, was published March 2014. The third book, titled “New World Order” was released January 2015.

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Excerpt:

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Cover Reveal: Ever After by Aya Ling

Presenting,

the cover for the 3rd book in the Unfinished Fairy Tales Series:

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Book Details:

Ever After (Unfinished Fairy Tales Series #3)

by Aya Ling

Publication Date: May 20, 2017

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Summary:

Kat has survived. She returns to Athelia as herself, Katherine Wilson. Edward, elated at learning she is alive, vows to bring her back to the palace. The obstacles, however, seem impossible to overcome. Marriage between a royal and a commoner is not recognized, not to mention that he is already legally bound to Katriona Bradshaw, who will do anything to keep her position as princess.

And there’s even more to worry about. Due to an uncommonly harsh winter, the people of Athelia have been suffering from inflated food prices, and are getting irritated at supporting the small, elite group of aristocrats. An uprising in a neighboring country only adds fuel to the fire.

Can Kat and Edward finally get a happily-ever-after?

Book 2

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Publication Date: December 2016

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Seven years have passed since Kat left Athelia. Through the intervention of the goblin king’s baby daughter, the book is re-opened and Kat is transported back to Story World. Upon learning she is given a second chance, Edward is determined not to let her go this time. His chance of succeeding, however, seems like nil. Kat doesn’t remember anything of their past, she loathes life at court, and she’s anxious to return to modern world. Not to mention that there’s a price to pay for tampering with the book again…

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Publication Date: June 10, 2015

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When Kat accidentally rips apart an old picture book, she’s magically transported into the world of Cinderella–as Katriona, one of the ugly stepsisters! Life turns upside down now that she’s a highborn lady and must learn how to survive the social season, including how to get through the door in a huge metal hoop skirt. To get back, she’ll have to complete the story, right to the end of happily ever after. But the odds are huge: the other stepsister is drop-dead gorgeous, the fairy godmother is nowhere to be found, and the prince, despite being insanely hot, openly dislikes balls. Can she ever return to the modern world?

Author Bio

Aya

Aya is from Taiwan, where she struggles daily to contain her obsession with mouthwatering and unhealthy foods. Often she will devour a good book instead. Her favorite books include martial arts romances, fairy tale retellings, high fantasy, cozy mysteries, and manga.

She is currently working on Ever After, Book 3 in the Unfinished Fairy Tales series, to be released in 2017. For exclusive bonus scenes, giveaways, and new release info, visit ayaling.com

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Blitz + Giveaway: Serenade

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By: Heather McKenzie

Publication Date: April 17, 2017

Genres: Mystery, Romance, Suspense, Young Adult

Synopsis:

Kidnapped and held hostage in the Rockies, a teenage heiress falls for her abductor while her corrupt father and devoted bodyguard fight to get her back. The discovery of true love and dark family secrets turns deadly in this epic coming of age adventure.

Kaya Lowen dreams of living like a normal eighteen-year old, but being heiress to a billion-dollar company has put her life in constant danger. Fiercely guarded by her powerful and corrupt father, she develops close bonds with those who protect her, especially Oliver – a bodyguard who has proven his devotion to her time and again. He wins her heart – until a chance encounter with a mysterious stranger has her questioning everything she believes in. Haunted by true love and reeling from a guilty conscience, Kaya’s world unravels when she’s kidnapped.

Held captive in a rugged wilderness fraught with raging storms, mystical caves and deadly predators, Kaya’s father scours the forest and her bodyguard fights to get her back. But, the discovery of a dark family secret makes Kaya wonder if staying in the arms of her blue-eyed abductor—a captivating stranger with dark secrets of his own – is a safer place to be. At least, that’s what her heart is telling her, her head is saying run…

An epic adventure centered on a smoldering love-triangle, Serenade sings a timeless tale of courage, self-discovery, and life-or-death love that will leave you breathless.

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AUTHOR BIO:

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Heather McKenzie is a Canadian author and Serenade is her first novel. A professional singer/songwriter with five albums to date, she has been telling stories through music for years and pulls from her extraordinary experiences as a musician to fuel her passion for creating Young Adult fiction. A rocker at heart, a mom of three, an aspiring painter, and a lover of animals, she is kept grounded by her husband at their home in Edmonton.

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Review: The Legend of the Sand Dollar by Chris Auer, Illustrated by Richard Cowdrey

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My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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Goodreads Summary:

This newly illustrated edition of The Legend of the Sand Dollar renews the wonder and charm of the original and timeless tale written by Chris Auer. With new vibrant artwork from Bad Dog, Marley illustrator, Richard Cowdrey, this holiday classic is brought to life for a new generation. The Legend of the Sand Dollar tells the story of Kerry, as her cousin Jack reveals to her the deeper meaning of Easter hidden within something as small as a sand dollar. This Easter tale reminds everyone everywhere that when Jesus died for us and was resurrected, he promised hope for all.

Review:

*** I was given a copy of the book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review***

This lovely children’s storybook is about the legend of the sand dollar, how every mark on the outside and inside the shell tells a beautiful story of Easter. This was a newly illustrated version that showed soft and colorful drawings that accompanied the story, which is suitable for ages 4-10 years old.

From my perspective, I enjoyed the story behind the sand dollar. I never knew about it before, and think it’s a great one for little kids. It tells a spiritual story of how Jesus died for us and how there is hope for all, and we are reminded of that even in the smallest of things like a sand dollar. Also, the new and pretty illustrations were eye-catching and very colorful, which I think would appeal to children very much. The only downside for me was the font of the text, which I think could’ve been more matching with the style of the pictures (but that could be just me being picky :P).

I think this would be a wonderful story to share with the little ones who want a special story on Easter Day. I know I did when I gave this to my nephew to read in the future 😉