REVIEW: FREE TO FALL BY LAUREN MILLER

What if there was an app that told you what song to listen to, what coffee to order, who to date, even what to do with your life—an app that could ensure your complete and utter happiness? What if you never had to fail or make a wrong choice?

What if you never had to fall?

Fast-forward to a time when Apple and Google have been replaced by Gnosis, a monolith corporation that has developed the most life-changing technology to ever hit the market: Lux, an app that flawlessly optimizes decision making for the best personal results. Just like everyone else, sixteen-year-old Rory Vaughn knows the key to a happy, healthy life is following what Lux recommends. When she’s accepted to the elite boarding school Theden Academy, her future happiness seems all the more assured. But once on campus, something feels wrong beneath the polished surface of her prestigious dream school. Then she meets North, a handsome townie who doesn’t use Lux, and begins to fall for him and his outsider way of life. Soon, Rory is going against Lux’s recommendations, listening instead to the inner voice that everyone has been taught to ignore — a choice that leads her to uncover a truth neither she nor the world ever saw coming.

“I formed them free, and free they must remain,”



Free To Fall had almost everything I like in a book – conspiracies, tons of plot twists, people-who-were-not-who-you-thought-they-were, seemingly invincible villains, betrayals, NO insta-love, and (best of all) the the story was set in a boarding school (I have a soft spot in my heart for boarding school stories)! It was undoubtedly my favourite summer read.


The first three or so chapters of the book weren’t too eventful and rather draggy, but due to the fact that as a personal rule, I never abandon books in between, I read on. I am so glad I did, because the book quickly picked up speed and it became painfully difficult to look away from its pages. 


The book addresses a problem we all face today: dependency on technology. Set in 2030, a time when majority of people consult their handhelds (called Geminis) when forced to make a decision, however trivial, the book asks the question: is a life without the freedom to choose, the freedom to make mistakes, really a life at all?   Now, usually when authors try to address this issue, I find it very off-putting, but that was not the case with Free To Fall. The author gets her point across without being preachy and all “hurr-durr technology is evil and destructive and Thomas Edison was a witch”. 

Although some of the plot twists were a bit predictable (or maybe that’s just my brain working overtime), and some events that took place in the book were too convenientlytimed. it didn’t lessen the overall enjoyability factor of the book. Overall, a lovely read, and a reminder that more attention should be paid to books by authors that aren’t too publicized.

REVIEW: WE WERE LIARS BY E. LOCKHART

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.

A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.
 
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. 

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

 “The island is ours. Here, in some way, we are young forever” 

I’ll be keeping this review short won’t be discussing too many aspects of the plot, because I’d recommend everyone to start reading this book with little knowledge of it. That being said, a warning to those expecting a fast-paced mystery, or an intricate plot: don’t bother with this book.

We Were Liars, although it didn’t follow a plot, per se, still managed to somehow keep my attention. I don’t know if it was the fairy tales littered throughout the book (I adored those) or the melancholy tone it held, but somehow I couldn’t stop reading it.

One thing thing I noticed which upset quite a lot of people was the writing style. The sentences were choppy and fragmented, and there was a heavy usage of dramatic imagery and metaphors. While it was off-putting to many, I found myself enjoying it despite my usual hatred for writing styles similar to the one in this book.

Without being too spoilery, let me just say that I adored the ending. My tear glands had just about dried up upon completing the book, Maybe it was just my thick-headedness, but I never saw that one coming.

This is the first E. Lockhart book I’ve ever read, and I must say she made quite an impression on me. I’ll definitely look out for her future releases. To those who are contemplating upon whether or not to read the book or not, I’d say just give it a try. It’s a short read, and even if you end up hating it (which, hopefully, you won’t), you won’t regret having wasted too much time on a book.

Release Blitz : BE MY TEMPTATION by Rachel Brookes

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Title: Be My Temptation
Series: Book 2 of The Crawford Brothers (can be read as a standalone).
Author: Rachel Brookes
Release Date: June 29th 2015
 
 
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One night connected them.
One decision separated them.
One craving tempted them.
Ashlyn Hart was done with men, or at least those outside of her books. After stupidly falling for the charms of her cheating ex and having her heart broken yet again, she decided to create a new life. One that involved a career change, a new wardrobe, and the possibility of moving abroad. There was just one hurdle: the confident, stubborn and insanely-tempting Josh Crawford.
Josh Crawford hid behind the cliché bachelor lifestyle and a never-ending parade of women. He knew the game and played it well, but the night he tasted perfection four years ago never left him. Back then, he made a spur of the moment decision, one that he has battled with ever since. But beneath the playboy façade was a yearning that wouldn’t disappear. A craving for the only woman who could bring him to his knees: Ashlyn Hart.

Two weeks changes everything.
One night unravels the deepest of desires.
A simple taste unleashes memories that can’t be tamed.

When the girl who dreams of a happily ever after collides with the guy who lives the ultimate cliffhanger, what ending awaits them?  Will fear overshadow love? Will the past play hindrance to the future, or will temptation conquer it all?
 

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Rachel Brookes is the author of The Breathe Series and The Crawford Brothers and lives on the east coast of Australia where beaches, kangaroos and surfers roam free. She spends her days writing stories that contain a dash of drama, a cup of romance, a spoonful of sexiness and delicious men to season. She is crazy for The Walking Dead, a fan of long island iced teas, a cupcake creator and a lover of book boyfriends. Rachel sometimes forgets to eat, sleep has become non-existent and more often than not she can’t remember the last time she cleaned her apartment, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. When she steps away from her laptop, you’ll find her reading, people watching, taking photos and planning her next big adventure.
 
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COVER REVEAL : Butterfly Dreams by A. Meredith Walters

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Release Date- November 24th- This is a stand alone contemporary romance
 
In a powerful romance, New York Times bestselling author A. Meredith Walters tells the story of a troubled young woman and the unforgettable guy who teaches her to live—and love—to the fullest.
She’s waiting to die. . . . Corin Thompson is paralyzed by her obsession with mortality. Having lost both of her parents, she is terrified by the idea that she too will die young, and she loses control at any sign of illness. But when Corin connects with someone who has survived a very real brush with death, she begins to see the world in a whole new way.
 
He’s learning to live. . . . As Corin struggles under the weight of her neuroses, Beckett Kingsley is attempting to rebuild a life that feels all too temporary. With the ever-present threat of heart failure never far from his mind, he just wants to make the most of whatever time he has left. And that means pursuing the girl he never expected to find.
 
Together, Corin and Beckett finally learn to let go of their fears and take solace in everyday pleasures. Who knows what the future holds? After all, nothing lasts forever—the only promise they have is right now.
 
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Release blitz : STOP! by Alison G. Bailey

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Every life has a different path full of sharp turns, smooth curves, and steep drop offs.

Hollis Murphy has a plan—college, career, boyfriend, love, marriage, family. A predictable, normal life. She’s on track until an outside force causes her to crash and burn. They call it an accident, because that’s the only word they know to explain what happens to her. It helps everyone move on with their lives, except for Hollis. She holds on to the belief that she’s been targeted for a reason.

Risher Stevenson is intelligent, caring, sweet, and the hottest boy Hollis has ever laid eyes on. He fits perfectly into her original plan for a normal life. Everyone loves him.

Benton Daniels is intelligent, caring, sweet, and the bravest boy Hollis has ever met. He doesn’t fit into her life but gives it purpose and makes it extraordinary. Everyone hates him.

One is bullied. One is tormented. All are judged. How will it STOP?

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Alison was born and raised in Charleston, SC. As a child she used her imagination to write additional scenes to TV shows and movies that she watched. She attended Winthrop University and graduating with a BA in Theater. While at Winthrop she began writing one act plays which she later produced. Throughout the years she continued writing and producing several one act plays, but then life got in the way and she hung up her pen for a while. On the advice of a friend, she started writing again. In January 2013, Alison sat down at her computer and began writing her first novel, Present Perfect.

Alison lives in Charleston, South Carolina with her husband, Jef, and their two furry children (dogs). She’s addicted to Diet Pepsi and anything with sugar.


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The incident happened the early part of the summer before senior year. By the time the school year started, my doctors felt my face had healed enough that I could go back and not miss out on my last year in high school. I was nervous to say the least, but everyone knew what had happened to me and I had gone to school with these people for years. So once I got over the initial jitters, I figured things would go back to normal. I lasted one week before begging my parents to either home school me or let me earn my GED.

The stares were relentless. They weren’t the good kind either, like when a boy saw a hot girl. Some people looked at me as if they had encountered the elusive Sasquatch. Their face went slack, their eyes grew wide, and their mouths dropped open. I became somewhat immune to being Sasquatched. Usually, once I turned and looked directly at the person, he would quickly dart his gaze away and go about his day. Then there were others who I could tell by the look in their squinted eyes that the word ew was playing on a loop in their heads. They held their ground and let me know in no uncertain terms that I didn’t belong. I was shocked and hurt that these people, who just a few months ago I considered to be friends, were acting like I had the plague. I thought the staring would be the worst of it. That it would fade away after the newness of the freak show wore off. So I went back. The stares continued and were amped up by classroom snickers and hallway snide remarks.

Then there were the rumors. One claimed the doctors had gotten the skin for my graft from my behind, which garnered me the nickname, ass-face. There was also meat grinder, splotchy, and the timeless freak. I wore long sleeves to hide the scarring on my arms. Mentally, the long sleeves made me feel more secure and comfortable. Living in the south, though, where it was warm most of the year, short sleeves were the norm. Because of my fashion choice, the rumor started that I was a cutter. Maggie tried to set the record straight, but it was useless. I didn’t understand what everyone’s problem was with me. I didn’t do anything to warrant their cruel attention. I just wanted my life back. Once the name calling came into play, it didn’t take much convincing to get my parents on board with the home schooling idea.

For the rest of the year, I kept myself fairly isolated. I’d go out with my mom or Maggie shopping, to a movie, or to grab a bite to eat. Maggie came over almost every day or we’d talk on the phone. She was my link to the young adult world. I lived through her, going to all the football games, school dances, and senior prom. I had become quite talented at using my imagination to live a life until a few months ago.

Maggie and I were hanging out in my room. She was telling me about the college campus visit she had made over the weekend. Maggie had already applied and been accepted to a local university, so why she kept visiting out of town campuses was beyond me.

Leaning against the headboard of my bed, with my legs stretched out in front of me, I said, “I don’t get why you keep going to these different campuses. You know you’re going to Southern U.”

Maggie was lying on her stomach across my bed, flipping through the latest issue of Vogue. “I like to keep my options open.”

“You like to go boy scouting and have college recruiters kiss your ass.”

“That too.”

Maggie ran track and was damn good at it, winning all the local and state championships. She had her pick of any college in the country. They all wanted her to come save their women’s track and field programs. But she liked Southern University and didn’t want to leave her family just yet.

“SU not only has a great track team, but the Greek parties are legendary. The boys are super-hot. I’m sure my husband is among them. And the connections I’ll have after graduation are endless.”

I suddenly felt jealous of my friend. She wasn’t just making plans for her next date, track meet, or party. She was making plans for her future. My mind raced ahead to what my future looked like. I had applied and got accepted to Chambers toward the end of my junior year. Then the incident happened and with the bullying at school, I figured I’d stay home and take online classes. Better to be safe than sorry. But after taking all the classes, then what? I couldn’t see a future beyond the walls of my house. All I wanted was to live the life I had planned on before my world was turned upside down. I made up my mind that day it was time to start living again.

Point of No Return by Olivia Luck Release Day

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Book Title: Point of No Return (The Point Series)
Author: Olivia Luck
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: June 23, 2015
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I had it all: an adoring husband, supportive friends, thriving career, a homey condo in the city.

Amend that.

I had it all except for love from my family. But life was good because I had him. Max was everything I dreamed a husband could be and somehow he loved me just as wildly as I loved him.

Until one cruel night he was stolen from me.

Then I had nothing but a vicious battle ahead of me. It’s a struggle so treacherous, I’m not sure if I’ll make it out with my heart in tact. But on the other side of that brutal war waits the most wondrous prize.

Will I allow myself to move forward?

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Prologue – Hers

When my husband works overnights at the fire station, I sleep on his side of the bed. Max doesn’t know that. Even though he spends more nights in our bed than out of it, I miss him enough to burrow in the sheets that emanate the remnants of his aftershave. I feel cocooned in his arms even when he’s not around. Sleep comes easier over here.

That’s where I am, tucked underneath the down cover, safe in a dreamless slumber, when a pounding rouses me. My heart leaps in surprise and I launch into a seated position, hand hovering over my chest. With a blind hand, I feel along the bedside table to find my glasses and jam them onto my nose. Knuckle pounding against wood doesn’t cease when I capture the time.

Nothing good can come of someone knocking on your door at one in the morning.

I scoot off the bed and shrug into the lightweight robe that lies on my husband’s suit valet.

He hates it when I leave my things there, I think numbly. Somehow, my body’s moving forward, even though every nerve ending screams for me to crawl back into bed and pretend this is a dream. It’s almost as if I know the Grim Reaper lurks on the other side of that door. I imagine a black hooded robe and bony skeletal fingers clutching a scythe waiting for me.

If there were enough time, I’d bargain with him. Beg to replace my life for his. Give up everything I have on God’s green earth for the man who gave me the gift of a full, flourishing life.

A knock on the door means it’s too late for brokering. If a ringing phone yanked me from sleep, it wouldn’t be this daunting. The fear wouldn’t be overpowering all of my other senses.

With a quivering hand, I flip on a light switch and unlatch the lock on our front door.

Their faces are grim, solemn. Hot tears blur my vision before I can identify who has come to deliver the news. Even before they speak, a strangled cry rips from my throat and my knees buckle. Like a puppet cut from its strings, I collapse to the floor. Strong arms catch me, encircling my waist, squeezing me tight.

The pressure of this man’s arms around me is the only thing reminding me that I’m still alive and not thrust into the depths of hell.

“Violet.”

“Don’t say it,” I shriek. A feral cat stole my voice box, the howls ripping from my body completely unlike any other sound I’ve ever made.

“Violet.” This time the stern voice fights through the tornado of emotion and I blink hazily upward.

“Felix,” I whisper through a dry, cracked throat. Soot and ash still mar his cheeks, hair disheveled in every which way. Weariness seeps off him—from the slump in his shoulders to the exhaustion in his eyes.

“We lost him. I’m so sorry. We lost him.”

I don’t remember much of anything after that.

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Olivia Luck lives in the middle of the US with her husband and pooch. She loves writing, reading, pizza, dogs, good TV, cooking and spending time with her family. But not necessarily in that order. Olivia writes New Adult Romance.

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A.M. Willard Unexpected Changes Blog Tour

Title: Unexpected Changes

Author: A.M. Willard

Genre: Romance

In this Mature Contemporary Romance, A.M. Willard brings you the second installment of the Chances Series for the continuation of Tabitha and Carter’s story.

Change: It’s something that comes with the seasons, life, and love.

Tabitha has convinced herself that love isn’t worthy of change—it’s only for the people around her, as she watches from the sidelines. The former glitter queen has turned dark and grey, even though she still holds a glimmer of light for the chance at love.

Both Carter and Tabitha are on a journey for the change they desire, but is it too late to reconcile a love they both deserve?

Lives will change as secrets are revealed, and trust is rebuilt within two hearts that were once melded as one.

In this Mature Contemporary Romance novel, A.M. Willard brings you the first installment of the Chances Series.

We introduce you to Tabitha Michaelson, the fun loving, sassy girl who loves anything that sparkles. What you might not know is; she took an oath years ago with her brother Seth, vowing to lock their hearts and throw away the key. Years have been spent as she kept up the happy façade and not letting anyone get close enough for love.

It’s not until that chance meeting when Tabitha meets her match Carter Northwood.

Here’s a man that’s life has been filled with lies, threats, and tangled webs of disaster. Carter knows that if he takes this chance at true love, the world around him will falter down like a spiral staircase.

 Two hearts mended to form a single beat from the start. A test of trust, infinite love, and a longing for each other’s passion.

A.M. Willard is a true believer of soul mates, and happy ever after’s. She enjoys reading, sailing, and of course writing contemporary romance with some saucy scenes. Releasing her first novella of the One Night Series on April 12, 2014 has sent her on a new journey in life. A.M.’s passion for writing started at a young age, but with the love and support from her husband of eighteen years pushed her to follow her dreams. Once she hit that first publish button, she hasn’t looked back.

Publications available from A.M. Willard include the Chances Series, Love on the Screen, and everyone’s favorite the One Night Series. She’s also had an article published in the Writer’s Monthly Review Magazine and was just accepted into the Romance Writers of America Society.

A.M. Willard was born and raised in the Panhandle of Florida, but resides in Savannah Ga with her husband, son, two cats, one rotten dog, and her six chickens. Yes, we said chickens… You can connect with A.M. Willard on her website HERE  or subscribe to her newsletter for the latest releases, teasers and sale alerts; Here 

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