Tuesday, June 30, 2015

REVIEW - OPEN ROAD SUMMER by Emery Lord

Open Road Summer 
by Emery Lord
Publisher - Bloomsbury US Children's
Release Date -  March 23rd 2015
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own.

Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence.

This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking.

A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.
Another brilliant read for my reading group last month. I think contemporaries are certainly a hit for me these days. It's all I'm in the mood for. If you have any recommendations of novels like these please do let us know. I read this with my lovely friend Glass and we had a blast, continuous fangirling, tweets, hashtags and lots of reminiscing of our lives too. Open Road Summer really is the perfect summer read, it will get you into that road trip romances that we always love. Today both myself and glass will be sharing our reviews of Open Road Summer so be sure to visit her blog here.

The Storyline - Both Reagan and Dee have lost something in their lives, Dee her boyfriend, Reagan her way in life. Two very unlikely personas have been friends for many years and now. Over the summer they spend time with each, reminisce of the past and the present and more importantly grow as friends. This storyline was really quite something, it was like you were on the roadtrip with them. And right now that's all I want to do with my friends and my man. This is the perfect summer read to get you in that mood.

The Characters - Reagan isn't a bad girl she just fell into the wrong crowd but she has a lot of people around her, like Dee to help her out of it too. I can tell though that she was very much on guard with her best friend making sure she's okay as well as trying not to let herself go with the tour either. So this tour across america was a way to reconnect with herself, with nature and life as well as her photography. I especially loved that part of her character as that is connecting with the creative part in me too. I loved how she even replaced her bathroom light to become a red room for developing photos. I want to do that. Lol. Dee or Lilah, is essentially two people, the singer and the normal teenage girl. Her character reminded me of Chloe from Something Real. There is two sides to her but only so few people see the normal in her. Dee is constantly reminded of her celebrity status on tour, for once she just wants the freedom of being a normal teenager like everyone else. Is that really too much to ask for.

The Romance - At first I think both myself and Glass thought a bit of jealousy would come between Dee and Reagan with relationship with Matt. Or even a love triangle but that wasn't the case. Matt is very much the romantic which I loved as it was a way to break down Reagan's walls. I guess you could say that Matt serenades you with his music and songs. How I wish I could hear those songs to life. Well it made me fall in love with him the first time around. There was certainly a lot of squealing and fangirling at these parts. .

The Friendship - Open Road Summer wasn't just about the romance, and it by all means wasn't the only relationship in the novel too. What I'm taking about is that Emery didn't put the romance and the friendship on the sidelines when either one was spotlighted, she did it both equally. In the end, friendship is just as important as your romantic relationship too. It your friendships that can start a deeper relationship, it's the friends that are always there no matter what. Whether they are next door or across the seas. It's those that even though you may not speak with each other for ages, they are the ones you turn too when your need a friend, because they know you more than anyone else. Reagan and Dee are the embodiment of that friendship.

The Writing - All the matters is that this novel made me reflect and reminisce on my friendships and the people that I love around me. That speaks volumes and words about the writing of this novel and I just adored it. Emery by all means has a way of words, heartfelt, true, honest, emotional and damn near perfect. Some scenes I will not tell which just showed you how amazing when you compare them to the likes of Katie McGarry, I think by then regardless of that I think we were onto a true contemporary winner.

Rating - 5

Here is just some of the fangirling tweets that we shared...

Friday, June 26, 2015

BLOG TOUR: NO MORE CONFESSIONS by Louise Rozett


Hi Everyone, I am very pleased to be part of the No More Confessions, Book 3 in the Confession series through YA Bound Book Tours. Please find the scedule here. I read Books 1&2 for the their tours previously in the last couple of years and I had to see how Rose turned out in Junior Year. If I'm honest I truly forgot I was part of this tour and I didn't know if I was going to post this review or not today. But before I share my review with you, here is a little bit more about the book...Oh and don't forget to enter the giveaway...

No More Confessions (Confessions #3)
by Louise Rozett
Publisher - Stonesong
Release Date - 25th January 2015
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

For Rose Zarelli, freshman year was about controlling her rage. Sophomore year was about finding her voice. With all that behind her, junior year should be a breeze, right? Nope. When a horrific video surfaces, Rose needs the one person she wants to be done with, the person who has broken her heart twice—Jamie Forta. But as the intensity between them heats up, Rose realizes she isn’t the only one who needs help. The thing is, Jamie doesn’t see it that way—and that could cost them both everything.

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ROSE ZARELLI is done confessing because ​confessions are for people who have done something wrong. ​And I haven't done anything wrong. Here, I'll prove it to you.

1) After my mother got that call, I “borrowed” her car. (Because you can’t steal your mother’s car, can you?) I don’t really remember driving downtown, but I do remember...

2) …getting past the bouncer at Dizzy’s (I mean, it’s his job to spot a fake ID, so that’s on him)…

​3) …and then later, telling my mother the truth about the bar but lying about how I got in. (A truth totally cancels out a lie, right?)

After all, what’s a little duplicity when finding Jamie Forta is the only thing that’s going to keep you from losing what’s left of your mind?

See? Junior year is off to a great start.
The Confessions series by Louise Rozett has been an interesting experience for purely because in the beginning it didn't start it very well but the sequel blew me away and that it was pretty much what happened with book 3. No More Confessions sees Rose, leaving behind her anger issues and that of her past love too. She able to talk with her mum calmly and truthfully without any lies. She is in my eyes finally growing up. When you first begin the novel you see her entering a club with her fake ID, it's typical thing these days of a teenager but my thought were, where could this be heading? Good or bad? I didn't want Rose to retract to who she was, which was growing up to be someone she isn't and following someone around to make herself be apart of the society today. However, she had a valid reason, one that was quite simply horrific to describe and she needed someone to look after her and that is what Jamie Forta is good at. 

When a video of her father was uploaded on the internet of him being blown up, she didn't know where to turn, so she went to Jaime knowing that he would be able to give her some comfort despite the fact that they are no longer together. Although that doesn't stop both of their feelings for each other. Jamie is a bad-ass but I feel that he also has a heart of gold when you really get to know him. Rose is an exclusive VIP into his heart and you can really tell that from this novel. I struggled to remember what happened in the previous book as it was such a long time ago but thankful to my reviews I could pick right were they left off, plus Louise is really good at giving you snippets from the previous summer.  However, I felt that Jamie declined as a character, he was a complete tool to be honest, he alcoholism probably didn't help either. I know that he has had a hard life especially with his father taking early retirement and relying on him on to keep the household going whilst ignoring him. I know that these days in this climate and society, that pressure and stress can send someone into an ordeal in the shape of the bottle these days. I felt the spark in there that we once saw and Rose saw was slowly deteriorating which so sad to see.

Rose and Jamie's relationship is a rocky one. We see such growth in the both characters, moment of pure passion and happiness. Whilst I'm thinking that this will be okay, that Rose is finally Jamie's girlfriend and that are finally meant to be. No such luck there. In the end I think it was the lies and non-confessions from Jamie that was keeping a distance between them and one I hope they will rectify soon. We both know that they love each other, but I think we also know that some things aren't meant to be or they aren't right at this moment. They are unfortunately unlucky in love. All I want for this couple is a HEA and I don't know if they are going to get one.  

When one character declines another saws and that is what Louise encompassed in this novel. Rose was by far at the her strongest. The video didn't just tear her apart inside but she was able to look past it rebuilt herself into to someone else entirely, a person she was happy to be. I've seen Rose at her worst and her most childish and immaturity. No More Confessions, is what it says it is... she has nothing more to give but to be who she wants to be. I felt that Louise really knew how to hit the key points of teenage life the society we live in. 

My curiosity was certainly peaked as I wanted to see how Rose has tuned out in Junior year. I also wanted to see how she has grown as a character. I could relate to her so much more which made this book a delight to read. Is there going to be another book... I really hope so. I really enjoyed just a short contemporary in between novels.

Rating - 4













Louise Rozett is an author, a playwright, and a recovering performer. She made her YA debut with Confessions of an Angry Girl, followed by Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend, both published by HarlequinTEEN. The next book in the series, No More Confessions, is due out January 2015. She lives with her 120-pound Bernese Mountain dog Lester (named after Lester Freamon from THE WIRE, of course) in sunny Los Angeles, and pines for New York City. Visit www.Louiserozett.com for more info.


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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Event Recap - #WalkerFictionFest

On Saturday I was invited to Walker HQ for their #WalkerFictionFest an event highlighting their titles from July to September using the theme from the book Remix by Non Pratt. This was my first publisher event and I couldn't believe how amazing it was.

As part of the event we were introduced to two headlining authors of 2015 as well as an amazing established author of the fantasy genre too. All where new to me. We also met some design artists and editors and of the course the lovely publishers behind Walker books. It was very exciting yet for me very overwhelming.

(I do apologise in advance for my picture quality, could be my nerves showing through!)

From left to right we have Katie Everson, Lauren James and Zoë Marriott
Both Katie and Lauren are brand new authors to young adult and I think they are ones to look out for. Katie is such a lovely author, they all were really, we got to hear a snippet of her upcoming novel Drop and I had goose bumps from just that section. Katie is a cover designer herself, at Bloomsbury that I later found out, you can find some of her designs here. So many beautiful covers that we have loved over the years, including John Green and Sarah Crossan. She is quite clearly very talented, she even said that anyone can be creative, whatever makes you happy and she has the best of both worlds. She was very nervous, bless her as this was her first real event.  Here is a little bit about the debut novel releasing on August 6th. 



I wasn’t always like this. I know what you’re thinking: druggie, junkie, wreckhead, trashbag. But I’m not sticking needles in my arm or sleeping on the streets, or stealing to feed the habit. I’m not one of those.

Carla has just moved to London and starts at yet another new school; she is desperate to fit in. Though she makes a couple of friends, she soon meets the charismatic, good-looking Finn and their whirlwind romance begins. Carla, an A student and gifted artist, lets her schoolwork slip as she enters Finn's world – a world of partying and drugs. Friends tells her that Finn is no good – even his brother, Isaac. But Isaac has an ulterior motive, doesn't he? Is either brother right for Carla?

Next, we had the lovely Lauren James,with her debut The Next Together, Laura is a recent graduate of university and this novel was outlined from a very young age.   It about two people who are reincarnated through different timelines each finding themselves in different personas and eras. Again, what I loved how it's such a different contemporary all together and I always adore a time travel novel. When she read a excerpt, it was completely different, style, plotline and your just sucked into that timeline...my next thought was I want more. This for the fans of any time travels books, for example The Time Traveler's Wife but for younger readers. Her is a little more about it....

How many times can you lose the person you love? 

Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again, century after century. Each time, their presence changes history for the better, and each time, they fall hopelessly in love, only to be tragically separated. 

Spanning the Crimean War, the Siege of Carlisle and the near-future of 2019 and 2039 they find themselves sacrificing their lives to save the world. But why do they keep coming back? What else must they achieve before they can be left to live and love in peace? 

Maybe the next together will be different...




Other books that were mentioned included The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness, we had video of him reading a bit of his and I couldn't stop laughing, I think it's about time that I break the ice with Patrick and start reading some of his books. My most anticipated sequel and one of my favourites of 2015, The White Rose, which I'm beyond excited about. I had to try and contain it...I tried I really did! That is one too look out for in September/October!


We also met and heard from some cover designers. As you can from above The Mortal Instruments will be getting a new makeover in July and I have to say they are gorgeous. I was able to get a copy of the first book in my little goody bag. Some of the process into the designing them was insane but they certainly aren't afraid of detail. In the symbols are mini illustrations or imprints of what that book in the series represents. Out of the original covers and these I think I actually more inclined to these ones. And also the designing of Lauren's book and to make it seem unique but also timeless with the various layers of the eras. 



It's fair to say that I was in element when it came to the books and the authors, however sadly I did feel very overwhelmed and the mingling in between unfortunately wasn't my favourite part. I'm very shy and can feel quite stressed sometimes when it comes to the meeting people part even though I talk on Twitter it's not the same at all. But I did go home with a bag of awesome goodies. *Squeals*





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