Mark grapples with the loss of his twin sister in this heart-wrenching novel of grief and resilience from National Book Award finalist Carrie Arcos.Mark knows grief. Ever since the accident that killed his twin sister, Grace, the only time he feels at peace is when he visits the bridge on which she died. Comfort is fleeting, but it’s almost within reach when he’s standing on the wrong side of the suicide bars. Almost.Grace’s best friend, Hanna, says she understands what he’s going through. But she doesn’t. She can’t. It’s not just the enormity of his loss. As her twin, Mark should have known Grace as well as he knows himself. Yet when he reads her journal, it’s as if he didn’t know her at all.As a way to remember Grace, Hanna convinces Mark to complete Grace’s bucket list from her journal. Mark’s sadness, anger, and his growing feelings for Hanna threaten to overwhelm him. But Mark can’t back out. He made a promise to honor Grace—and it’s his one chance to set things right.
Following the cliffhanger ending of Phoenix, Natalie finds herself separated from Ash and unexpectedly reunited with her parents, including the father she thought was dead. But she can only think of Ash. She hasn’t heard a word of him since she and Elijah were brought to the underground headquarters of the Sentry Rebellion. But she vows to find him.Ash, meanwhile is back in Black City; it’s the perfect place to hide from the Sentry government. But not for long. He won’t give up on Natalie or bringing an end to the terrible reign of Purian Rose.A pulse-racing end to an exciting series.
This Game Is Getting All Too RealHe said: I like to keep under the radar and mostly hang out with my friends from the rez. But when I saved Riley Berenger from falling off a mountain, that rich suburban princess decided to try to save me.She said: If I can help Sam Tracy win the heart of the girl he can’t get over, I’ll pay him back for helping me. I promised him I would, no matter what it takes.
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Music major Maddie Taylor seems to have her life all figured out. She’s just finished her junior year of college, has a summer internship lined up with the LA Philharmonic, and plans to go to grad school to write movie scores. Only her roommates know she practices guitar every night and secretly dreams of a louder life. But geeky girls like her don’t get to be rock stars.Tattooed singer Jared Cross has a new girl every week, but when he catches Maddie playing one of his songs, she attracts his attention in an unexpected way. His band needs a fourth member for The Sound, a reality TV show competition—and he wants her. Though Maddie refuses to be another notch on Jared’s bedpost, she agrees to risk everything for the chance to be a rock star.Once on the show, Maddie discovers there’s more to Jared behind his flirty smile, and with each performance their attraction becomes impossible to ignore. When the show pressures Jared to flaunt his player image, they’re forced to keep their relationship secret, but Maddie can’t help but want something real.As the competition heats up, Jared will do whatever it takes for his band to win, and Maddie must decide if following her dream is worth losing her heart.
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The high school play is in two months and senior Wren Barlow just became the director. Wren still isn’t over the fact that she got stiffed as a stagehand instead of the lead role that she totally deserved. Now she is in charge of rehearsals, costumes, navigating around cast member hookups and managing the real life drama at home.The principal counts on her to succeed because tickets have been sold and the money has been spent. But when he drops a gorgeous bad boy on her and wants him to help the play for extra credit, she falls hard for someone she knows she can’t date. With everything spinning out of control, the mysterious and secretive detention king named Derek has a few tricks up his sleeve and wants to help—too bad Wren is scared to give him a chance to prove himself.
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Jule Welsh can sing. She enthralls people with her bel canto voice. But it takes more than practice to reach her level of exquisite song; it takes siren’s blood running through her veins. Jule is starting her senior year at Cougar Creek High when her relatively normal world begins to resemble a roller coaster flying through a carnival scare house. Her mother is diagnosed as insane and committed, a psycho-stalker is snapping pictures of her to put into his homemade Jule-shrine, her voice is suddenly putting people into comatose trances, oh and the gorgeous new guy in town, Luke Whitmore, is interested in her . . . but also wants to kill her.
What happens when a girl who always calls the shots meets a guy who’s too wild for even her?A born flirt and good-time party girl, Emerson has never had a problem finding a willing guy. She’s always chosen her hookups carefully, and she’s never broken her three cardinal rules:Never let them see the real you.Never fall in love.Always leave them begging for more.Then Shaw comes along. A hottie from the wrong side of the tracks, he’s immune to her flirtatious banter and come-hither smile. After rescuing her from a disastrous night at a biker bar, he doesn’t even try to take her to bed—he calls her a tease and sends her home instead. Unable to resist a challenge, or forget the sexy, dark-eyed, bad-boy biker, she vows to bring him to his knees.But instead of making Shaw beg, Emerson finds herself craving him. For the first time in her life, she’s throwing out her rule book. Suddenly, she’s the one panting for a guy she can’t control—a guy who won’t settle for anything less than the real Emerson and who forces her to do things she’s never imagined, including facing a past she thought she’d buried.A guy who just might leave her wanting more. . . .
Soccer star Lainey Mitchell is gearing up to spend an epic summer with her amazing boyfriend, Jason, when he suddenly breaks up with her—no reasons, no warning, and in public no less! Lainey is more than crushed, but with help from her friend Bianca, she resolves to do whatever it takes to get Jason back.And that’s when the girls stumble across a copy of The Art of War. With just one glance, they’re sure they can use the book to lure Jason back into Lainey’s arms. So Lainey channels her inner warlord, recruiting spies to gather intel and persuading her coworker Micah to pose as her new boyfriend to make Jason jealous. After a few “dates”, it looks like her plan is going to work! But now her relationship with Micah is starting to feel like more than just a game.What’s a girl to do when what she wants is totally different from what she needs? How do you figure out the person you’re meant to be with if you’re still figuring out the person you’re meant to be?
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack follows up her trio of hits—Losing It, Faking It, and Finding It—with this thrilling first novel in an explosive series bursting with the Texas flavor, edge, and steamy romance of Friday Night Lights.In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.Dallas Cole loathes football. That’s what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.But life doesn’t always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It’s obliterated.Dallas doesn’t know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn’t know that Dallas is his new coach’s daughter.And neither of them know how to walk away from the attraction they feel.
Thank you to Kelly of InkSlinger PR, William Morrow and Edelweiss for the review copy. This in no way affected my views of the novel.
I initially rated ALL LINED UP with four stars but while trying to write this review, I couldn’t pinpoint a reason why I’m being a Scrooge with my rating. So I went back and re-read most of the book and it is now very clear that this book deserves all of those five stars. Why? Check out my list!
1. Characters. For all the new adult novels I’ve read, I’ve been burned by so many heroines and/or heroes who grated on my nerves. Either that or they were stock characters I could very much spell out from the first page. But Dallas and Carson were different. Dallas is a dancer and a football coach’s daughter. She never knew her mother. You’d think she’d be broken but she’s not. She’s shy but she also curses like a sailor and is brutally honest. She’s a mixture of opposing characteristics and that’s why I love her. She seems like a real person, not just a heroine written for this story. I can imagine that there is a Dallas out there. I think everyone who’ll read ALL LINED UP will surely love her and relate to her in at least one way.
Then we have Carson. He’s not smart and he knows it. He knows that football is the greatest path and career he can have. And so he’s so focused on that. Trains and works out more than everybody else. Watches game film even if it’s an easy day. So when Dallas comes into his life, he lets her in for a single night but then realizes she’s gonna be a distraction. He tries not to fall for her (and she tries to do that as well) but I mean, come on, they’re perfect for each other! Which brings me to my next point!
2. Romance. Dallas and Carson both decided that they don’t want to date each other – Dallas swearing off all football players and Carson wanting to focus on him getting on the team. But they can’t walk away from the attraction they feel towards each other. So what do they do? They remain friends. I know, right from the start, we know that this friendship-only will never last. But it was so enjoying to see them try to be platonic when they’re obviously into each other. It also made for a great start to their future romantic relationship because they first started out as friends. And of course, right from Chapter 1, their chemistry is OFF-THE-CHARTS. Whew, fanning in here. Hot! But what I like even more about the romance in this story is that we’re not promised a happily-ever-after when the novel ends. I am so looking forward to all the obstacles their relationship will face in an upcoming book (if ever there is one; THERE SHOULD BE ONE). I can’t say that for most romance novels I’ve read so just, the gravity of this, you guys.
3. Family. Dallas doesn’t have the best relationship with her father and she didn’t know her mother. Coach Cole didn’t even let Dallas audition for dance schools aside from Rusk, which put an even bigger wedge in their relationship. They obviously love each other but there’s just too much unsaid and not shown – Dallas feels football always comes first with her dad and Coach Cole is afraid to let Dallas go – that they just don’t have the best relationship all around. But every scene with Dallas and Coach Cole will just grip your heart. You’ll feel for them and you’ll just want them to make up but watching the actual progress of their father-daughter relationship was even better to read.
4. Football. Football plays a large part in the set-up of ALL LINED UP and hallelujah because it actually shows! We get to read plays, practices and everything about football in here. Cora Carmack’s knowledge of football really shone through in here (being an actual daughter of a football coach). She knows what she’s writing and even though you don’t know a thing about football (like me), you’ll never get lost. I even got into the games so much. Fabulous.
5. College experience. ALL LINED UP isn’t just about romance or football or the characters’ growth. It actually delves into the full college experience as well. We see party scenes but then we also have our characters going to the library, doing their homework, attending classes, texting during classes, all of those. It was nice, super nice, to read about all these.
6. Career. Don’t all college students (and post-grads) wonder what career they’ll have? And if they’ll even have a career. Everyone fears this. Which was so palpable in here. Dallas wants dance for her but with Rusk’s subpar dance course, she’s not challenged. She can’t be the best version of herself if she’s not pushing herself. Carson wants football to be his career but in order to do that, he needs to get into the team and then maybe, he can go pro. He never claimed that he’d go pro, he’s just doing his best every single day in hopes that he might go pro. I love that. Don’t we all normal people are just like that? I know I’m not the best at my field and I’m just doing everything I can in the hopes that someday, it’s gonna sum up to what I need to get into whichever program I want.
7. Writing. Lastly, the writing. I admit that this is my first Cora Carmack book. I’ve started Losing It before but due to time constraints, I wasn’t able to finish it just yet. People have been saying that this is Cora’s best yet and while I can’t really attest to that, I do admit that the way she wrote this book was so heartfelt. You’ll feel for everyone. I even like the a-hole that is Silas Moore because he’s dimensional. He can be a dick but where and when it counts, he’s a good guy. You’ll get what I mean about how you can feel every emotion, every dance move Dallas dances, every weight Carson lifts, when you read this novel.
ALL LINED UP is definitely so many levels above most contemporary new adult romances we have now. For one, the writing was impeccable, the characters all endearing and dimensional and the plot absolutely not a rehash. You’ll just love EVERYTHING about this novel. There, I said it.
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Northern was supposed to be a fresh start—a place where people didn’t know who I was or how I had spent years in and out of mental institutes. People didn’t know about my parents death or the island no one heard of. But when Peter sits next to me in lit class, I can’t stop the memories, and I don’t want to. He looks too much like the boy from the island, and despite my best intentions, coaxes my secrets from me.He’s gorgeous, irresistible, a little mad, and completely lost—we are a pair of broken cogs in a world neither of us truly fits into. He is somehow gentle and fierce, heartbreaking in his devotion and savage in his defense.When Belle, his best friend, shows up, pale and lovely and sick, Peter pulls away from me, a startling withdrawal. It’s a relationship that scares and confuses me. She is at times warm and friendly, and other times is violent and unpredictable.Peter says that he wants me, but refuses to let himself get close. And there are secrets, surrounding both of us, that border on nightmares. As the memories close in, as Belle gets sicker and more violent, I’m torn between what is true and what I believe, and what this magical boy knows about my mysterious past.*Suitable for 17+. A romantic contemporary retelling of the boy who never grew up.
I immediately signed up for this tour because PETER PAN RETELLING. Retellings have always been a hit or miss with me but this would be the first time I’ll read one of Peter Pan. Guys, Peter Pan. Can you feel my giddiness? I don’t know about you but Pan has always been a childhood fairytale crush because when you’re a kid, who doesn’t want to be Wendy? Or at least wish he’ll take you to Neverland? So with all my excitement for this novel came the expectations I can’t shed. And I am more than glad that GIRL LOST didn’t disappoint me.
Ask Nina, Charlie and Sab, and they’ll tell you that I’ve been pimping and spazzing about GIRL LOST all the time I was reading it. First, the set-up was obviously well thought of. Gwen was diagnosed crazy, plagued with memories of an island that doesn’t exist, memories of a boy. She’s grasping on her sanity with all her might, to be able to function and be normal. But then the grown-up version of the boy from the island shows up on her first day at Northern, and the memories rush back to her. I read the blurb of the novel but it didn’t really register to me as I was just delighted that it’s inspired by Peter Pan. But right off the bat, when I started this novel, I was in awe of how Nazarea took Peter Pan and melded it into a contemporary new adult romance that is both engaging and intriguing. I thought since I know how Wendy’s story rolls, I wouldn’t be as invested as I was. But I was so wrong. The parallelisms of the tale to the novel were amazing and great. I kept on wondering how Nazarea will spin this tale off and each time, I ended up awed and begging for more.
If this novel weren’t a Peter Pan retelling, I think I would have hated Peter. He was a stalker and was very possessive of Gwen – two things I really don’t like in guys. It’s so caveman-y. But since this is Peter and I am unapologetically biased and I understand why he’s like that, I loved it. I love the mischief in his eyes, the smirk, the clumsiness, the hesitance, everything. He was exotic and enigmatic and you just can’t get enough. Even though I ached for Lane, the other guy, all throughout, I know that Peter’s the one I’m shipping with Gwen.
Gwen is surrounded by a family that loves her so much and her relationship with her brother Micah was so sweet. Micah worries over her and protects her, even if he’s tired of it. Family love is just like that. No matter how deep you go off the end, how much you unravel, they’ll still love you and care for you. Gwen’s family in Northern – her roommate Orchid and her boyfriend James – were also such big help to her. James, you all know who James is, and he’s so fun to read. Charmingly sexy, dangerous and always drunk, that James. His concern for Gwen was so endearing and his love for Orchid, sigh. They accepted Gwen even how “crazy” she is, even though she wouldn’t share anything about herself.
As for the romance between Peter and Gwen, it was like drugs. There were highs and there were lows and you’re just with Gwen all the time. You wonder, along with her, why Peter isn’t around then experience whiplash when he arrives but then leaves again. It’s kind of unhealthy but unhealthy romances are the most delicious romances, am I right? Plus, this is a new adult novel so beware that some scenes are steamy and definitely not for young readers. They were sexy but not too graphic, which I appreciated very much because I don’t want having dirty thoughts from now on when I encounter anything Peter Pan. Haha!
I think this could be one of the shortest reviews I’ve written since I can’t talk much about the plot and I want you to read about all the parallelisms by yourself. So let’s just get to that ending. I was at 98% and it felt like so much hasn’t been resolved so I was a bit scared that this is going to be a series. And when I reached the end, I couldn’t believe it. That was it??? Then I calmed down and realized that it was for the best. It could have a sequel but I think it’s for the best that it’s a bit open-ended. Now that I’ve been thinking about it, it’s a fit ending for the story. And I applaud Nazarea all the more for writing it this way.
All in all, I highly recommend this to new adult readers who love retellings. It’s obvious it’s inspired by Peter Pan but it is also different enough that you are still fascinated and interested in how the story will go. I will definitely read more from Nazarea Andrews.