Thursday, June 22, 2017

BLOG TOUR: The Impossible Vastness of Us by Samantha Young


We are absolutely elated to share with you this Review & Excerpt Tour for Samantha Young's The Impossible Vastness of Us! From New York Times bestselling author Samantha Young comes a story of friendship, identity, and acceptance that will break your heartand make it whole again. On our tour stop, we have an exciting excerpt from the book to share with you! Plus, we have some additional fun with a tour-wide giveaway! Yup! Check it out and grab your copy today!
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Genre:
Young Adult
Contemporary
Publish Date:
June 27, 2017
Publisher:
Harlequin Teen

Synopsis:
I know how to watch my back. I’m the only one that ever has.

India Maxwell hasn’t just moved across the country—she’s plummeted to the bottom rung of the social ladder. It’s taken years to cover the mess of her home life with a veneer of popularity. Now she’s living in one of Boston’s wealthiest neighborhoods with her mom’s fiancé and his daughter, Eloise. Thanks to her soon-to-be stepsister’s clique of friends, including Eloise’s gorgeous, arrogant boyfriend Finn, India feels like the one thing she hoped never to be seen as again: trash.

But India’s not alone in struggling to control the secrets of her past. Eloise and Finn, the school’s golden couple, aren’t all they seem to be. In fact, everyone’s life is infinitely more complex than it first appears. And as India grows closer to Finn and befriends Eloise, threatening the facades that hold them together, what’s left are truths that are brutal, beautiful, and big enough to change them forever…


       

*Excerpt*
“Headmaster Vanderbilt would like to introduce himself.”
Headmaster Vanderbilt turned out to be a guy probably only five years or so older than Theo. I expected someone stuffy, pretentious and more than a little condescending, but Headmaster Vanderbilt—a tall, reed-thin man who wore a tiny pair of rimless glasses perched on his big Roman nose—was warm and welcoming.
His welcome, in fact, would be the warmest I’d receive that day.
My first class was Microeconomics and to my horror Eloise, Finn and their whole crew took the class. I hadn’t been expecting to see them all together in one class and while the teacher introduced me I had to quickly put my mask of indifference on.
Eloise didn’t acknowledge my presence as I took a seat on the other side of the classroom. My eyes drifted to Finn but he was staring at the teacher, almost too studiously, like he was trying to avoid my gaze. I shook that suspicion off, knowing Finn thought he was superior to me—I probably wasn’t even on his radar.
Not that I cared if I was on his radar or not.
My Microeconomics teacher was pretty cool and I got through the class not feeling totally out of my depth. I considered that a positive for the day.
Fiction Writing was next and Charlotte was in my class. When I walked in, her eyes lit up and I thought I detected the beginnings of a smile before a thought passed over her expression. Her shoulders slumped, and she looked like she wanted to blend into the background.
I decided to ignore her weirdness and waved at her as the teacher approached to introduce herself. The teacher saw my exchange with Charlotte and insisted I sit with her.
“Hey,” I said as I took the seat beside her.
Charlotte gave me a half smile, half grimace. “Hi.”
“Don’t worry, I won’t cheat off you.”
Her answer was a tremulous smile.
Encouraged, I nodded at her violet dress. “That color looks awesome on you.”
Appearing almost taken aback, Charlotte glanced down at the dress and ran her fingertips over it. “Really? Bryce said it washed me out. She said I look trash in it.”
Of course she did. I got more than a few mean girl vibes off that girl. “Well, she’s wrong. It’s really cute.”
“Thanks.” Charlotte gave me a shy smile before wariness replaced it and she turned determinedly to face the front.
Her body language told me not to push talking to her, but I felt hope.
Smiling inwardly, I faced forward, too, and listened to the teacher as she started class.
Two classes passed and I already had more homework than I’d ever had back at Fair Oaks High. I wasn’t freaking out about it just yet, considering I had no friends and no extracurricular activities to distract me from all the schoolwork, but once I did I’d have to find a way to juggle it all.
As I was walking toward my next class I noticed the glances and full-on stares from my new schoolmates. Their looks varied from curious to sneering and I felt a tingle of wariness across the back of my neck. Turning a corner on my search for my Modern European History class, I came face-to-face with my stepsister-to-be and her girls. They sashayed down the hall like an ad for a TV show about beautiful popular high school kids, long hair fluttering out behind them like silk, long trim legs on display in their designer dresses and elongated by their Jimmy Choo sandals.
Eloise saw me, looked right through me and kept on walking without a word.
My skin felt hot with embarrassment at her obvious cut.
I watched her disappear around the corner with her best friends before looking around the hallway. That’s when I realized I hadn’t been imagining the sneers of my classmates.
A sick feeling settled in my gut as I wondered what the hell was going on.



 

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**About the Author**
Samantha Young is the New York Times,  USA Today  and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of adult contemporary romances, including the On Dublin Street series and Hero, as well as the New Adult duology Into the Deep and Out of the Shallows.  Every Little Thing, the second book in her new Hart’s Boardwalk series, was published by Berkley in March 2017. Before turning to contemporary fiction, she wrote several young adult paranormal and fantasy series, including the amazon bestselling Tale of Lunarmorte trilogy. Samantha’s debut YA contemporary novel The Impossible Vastness of Us will be published by Harlequin TEEN in ebook & hardback June 2017.

Samantha has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award 2012 for Best Author and Best Romance for On Dublin Street, Best Romance 2014 for Before Jamaica Lane, and Best Romance 2015 for Hero. On Dublin Street, a #1 bestseller in Germany, was the Bronze Award Winner in the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2013, Before Jamaica Lane the Gold Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2014 and Echoes of Scotland Street the Bronze Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2015.

Samantha is currently published in 30 countries and is a #1 international bestselling author.

Stay connected with Samantha Young
    

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June 20th
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Becky on Books - Excerpt
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June 22nd
Fiction Fare - Review & Excerpt
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June 23rd
A Literary Perusal - Review & Excerpt
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June 24th
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Tales of the Ravenous Reader - Review & Excerpt

June 25th
All Romance Reviews - Review & Excerpt
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June 26th
Book Reader Chronicles - Review & Excerpt
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June 27th
4 the Love of Reading - Review & Excerpt
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June 28th
Bookalicious Babes Blog - Review & Excerpt
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June 29th
Author Groupies - Review
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June 30th
I Read Indie - Excerpt
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July 1st
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

JASMINE's THOUGHTS on Wonder Woman (2017)

Genre:
Action/Adventure
Fantasy
Rating:
PG-13
Run Time:
2 hrs 21 minutes
Release Date:
June 2, 2017
Distributor:
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Production Company:
Constantin Film

Directed by:
Patty Jenkins
Screenplay by:
Allan Heinberg
Written by:
Allan Heinberg, Zach Snyder, & Jason Fuchs

Based on Characters from DC Comics

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Synopsis:
Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.

Cast:
Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Elena Anaya, Saïd Taghmaoui, Ewen Bremner, Lucy Davis, Eugene Brave Rock...



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*My Thoughts*

Note: This review contains NO spoilers

Well, hmmm... How do I start? Where do I start? Thinking back, the film felt like a feel good movie, especially for women. I enjoyed Gal Gadot's portrayal of DC's superhero. This film blended various elements, such as: romance, humor, history, and action, together that worked well and brought an enjoyable "origins" story. However, I couldn't help but feel that the movie was a bit slow, except for all those action scenes...haha! Anyways, all together the story unraveled fluidly giving me a full rounded story. There was a brief introduction of Diana's childhood and growing years that gave me a bit of a background on who Diana is. Of course, being raised apart from the world, she did display a good amount of naiveté that Gal Gadot expressed well throughout the film.

The character development was beautiful. The cast portrayed their characters well. I did enjoy Chris Pine's portrayal of his character, and the humor that went along with the character. The world building.... Wow! There was a good amount of realism. Now that Gal Gadot has done an incredible job in bringing Wonder Woman to life, it is hard to picture anyone else playing that role. Of course, Linda Carter was also a favorite Wonder Woman. So, there's no way I am going to compare these amazing actors! Haha!! And, that twist in the storyline....Really!?! Now, that was somewhat a surprise. Who would have thought...that he was the one!?!

Anyways, the cast was definitely on point throughout the film... Well, I thought so. I loved that the romance between Diana and Steve Trevor was subtle, and it worked well on how it unraveled. I can watch this film over again...even maybe a few more times...haha!! Oh, and it is great that this film is female-led, too!

It's no wonder that the film is so successful! Wonder Woman is a fresh and entertaining film that all the elements that made it so interesting.

My rating:




BLOG TOUR: Salvaged by Jay Crownover



We have got an exciting Review & Excerpt Tour to share with you for Jay Crownover's Salvaged, the fourth novel in the Saints of Denver series! Yup! New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jay Crownover continues her delightfully sexy Saints of Denver series with this next thrilling standalone, Salvaged! We have a sweet sneak peek with the following excerpt! Plus, we have a tour-wide giveaway to share, too! Check it out and order your copy today!
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Genre:
New Adult
Contemporary Romance
Series:
Saints of Denver, #4
Publish Date:
June 20, 2017
Publisher:
William Morrow Paperbacks

Synopsis:
Hudson Wheeler is a nice guy. Everyone knows it, including his fiancée who left him with a canceled wedding and a baby on the way. He’s tired of finishing last and is ready to start living in the moment with nights soaked in whiskey, fast cars, and even faster girls. He’s set to start living on the edge, but when he meets Poppy Cruz, her sad eyes in the most gorgeous face he’s ever seen hook him in right away. Wheeler can see Poppy’s pain and all he wants to do is take care of her and make her smile, whatever it takes. 

Poppy can’t remember a time when she didn’t see strangers as the enemy. After a lifetime of being hurt from the men who swore to protect her, Poppy’s determined to keep herself safe by keeping everyone else at arm’s length. Wheeler’s sexy grin and rough hands from hours restoring classic cars shouldn’t captivate her, but every time she’s with him, she can’t help being pulled closer to him. Though she’s terrified to trust again, Poppy soon realizes it might hurt even more to shut Wheeler out—and the intense feelings pulsing through her are making it near impossible to resist him. 

The only thing Poppy is sure of is that her heart is in need of some serious repair, and the more time she spends with Wheeler, the more she’s convinced he’s the only man with the tools to fix it.


     
   

*Excerpt*
I rounded the corner at the end of my block and came to a halt. The puppy took that as a sign that we were done playing outside and started jumping all over my lower legs and pawing at my shins. He whined at me until I picked him up, and as soon as he could reach my face, his little tongue started darting all over my chin and cheeks. I wondered if he could feel the tension that made my limbs stiff and the anxiety that tightened all my muscles. I felt my breath catch in the back of my throat and there was no stopping my eyes from rapidly blinking to make sure what I was seeing was real and not a figment of my imagination.
He looked like one of those black-and-white art prints that hung in every diner and restaurant I’d ever eaten in. The one that was a throwback to another era when cool was something you had to cultivate and couldn’t buy on Amazon. He was leaning against a black-and-silver car that looked like it should be on the cover of a hot-rod magazine and not parked on a busy and crowded Capitol Hill street. He had on dark jeans and a dark canvas jacket that had the logo of his garage embroidered on the front. His ankles were crossed on the curb in front of him and one booted foot bounced up and down, giving the impression that he’d been waiting for me for a while. His arms were crossed over his chest and his eyes were locked on mine as I stood still, unsure what to do. He had an effortless kind of charisma that radiated off of him. It was equal parts intimidating and irresistible. I was unsure if my feet wanted to rush me toward him or run me as far from him as possible.
The puppy made the decision for me. Seeing another human, and thus another opportunity for pats and rubs, he threw his wiggling little body out of my arms before I could react. He hit the ground with a little yelp and then bolted right for Wheeler. I let out a gasp and took off after him thinking I could catch the end of the leash that was trailing behind him. I didn’t want him to run into the road or veer off into a yard where he didn’t belong. I was light-years away from being able to handle a confrontation with a hostile stranger that didn’t want the puppy in their space.
I didn’t need to worry because Wheeler pushed his long, lean frame off the polished side of the car and reached the scrambling animal within just a few strides. He crouched down as the puppy hurled himself into his arms and scooped the excited bundle up in one fluid motion. Then he was rising back up to his full height, which meant he was towering over me when I made my way over to where he was standing. I was embarrassed at how out of breath I was. I was supposed to be stronger than I was before, but I could hardly handle a little jog up the block or the way my heart raced at the sight of him.
I shook my head and put my hands on my hips as I looked up and into those arctic eyes. He was scratching the puppy under the chin and looking at me from under lashes that had the barest hint of red to them. “Why don’t you have a coat on?”
It wasn’t what I was expecting but his question reminded me that I was cold and that the lightweight hoodie that had the Saints of Denver logo on it wasn’t doing much to keep the bitter chill in the air off my skin. The shirt came from the tattoo shop where both Rowdy and Salem worked and was probably the most exciting garment I had in my closet. It was the only thing I owned that was bright and colorful. I rubbed my arms up and down and fired my own question right back at him. “What are you doing here?”
The puppy barked like he was telling me not to be rude but I was unsettled by Wheeler’s unexpected appearance, and not the typical unsettled that I struggled with because he was a man that I didn’t know. It was the kind of unsettled that made parts of my body I forget could react to an attractive man feel warm and tingly. The kind of unsettled that had me involuntarily leaning closer to him as he started to shift so that he could pull his heavy jacket off one arm without letting go of the dog.
“I wanted to talk to you about the dog. Did you find someone to take him yet?” He shifted the puppy to his now bare arm as I watched the endless amounts of ink that covered his skin move and flex as he shook his other arm free of the coat.
“Uh…not really.” The truth was I hadn’t really put that much effort into finding someone because I didn’t want to let the puppy go. In just a few days I’d grown surprisingly attached even though I knew I wasn’t allowed to keep him in my apartment. I’d already asked since Dixie was allowed to keep Dolly, but the landlord informed they were grandfathered in before the laws surrounding pit bulls in Denver changed. My little guy wasn’t that lucky.
My response made Wheeler chuckle. He stared at me silently as he held out the coat he’d taken off in his free hand.
“Put this on.” I stared at him like he’d suddenly started speaking Russian until he shook the coat again and frowned at me. His voice was serious and left no room for argument when he repeated the command. “Put this on, Poppy.”

 

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Don't miss the previous titles in the thrilling Saints of Denver series!
  

         

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**About the Author**
Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men, The Pointand the Saints of Denver series. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she'll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her dogs.

Stay connected with Jay Crownover
    

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June 14th
Books to Breathe – Review & Excerpt
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June 15th
Cocktails and Books – Review & Excerpt
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Literary Gossip – Excerpt
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Three chicks and their books – Review & Excerpt

June 17th
Adventures in Writing – Excerpt
BJ's Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
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June 18th
I Heart Books – Review & Excerpt
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Nose Stuck in a Book – Review & Excerpt
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June 19th
From the TBR Pile – Review
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June 20th
Bookalicious Babes Blog – Review & Excerpt
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June 21st
Jack of All Trades, Master of None – Review & Excerpt
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She Hearts Books – Review & Excerpt
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June 22nd
A Leisure Moment – Review
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June 23rd
BFD Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
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June 24th
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