Accompanying Tweets to The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan: K

kablooey, exclam.:  You and I may end, but we won’t end quietly

kale, n.: “What’s more surprising?” you ask. “That I found you, or that kale is everywhere now? I didn’t anticipate either.”

kaleidoscopic, adj.: Sometimes my fragmentation impedes, but it can also reveal; I see new patterns as the colors inside me crash and crush.

karaoke, n.:  Warning—you’re going to see me roar.

karma, n.:  If you steal the sheets, you are much more likely to fall off the bed.

karoshi, n.:  I hear you typing away, long past midnight, and think nothing but love merits this hour, and you do not love your job.

kayak, v:  The satisfaction of not saying a word, of being at sea but near each other, loosening our thoughts to the subtle tide.

keel, v.:  It’s fine if we rock and we pitch; we just have to make sure the fear doesn’t overwhelm us – only then will we go under.

keep, v.:  In the endless trade of taking and giving away, I want to be the thing that sits off limits, too precious to ever lose.

keepsake, n.: The fake feather that you found, now in my wallet; incomplete creature, completed by memory.

kegger, n.: I try to point out that we’re not in college anymore.

key, n.:  You’re led to believe there’s only one in the world that fits into each lock, when really, few keys or locks are unique..

kibitz, v.:  I can hear the four of you in the other room, the birdsong of your friendship blurring before it hits my ears.

kibosh, n.:  Without discussing it, we entered the stage where big purchases needed to be “discussed.”

kick, n.:  For sure, I get one of these out of you. Sometimes it makes me smile and sometimes it makes me rub my shin.

kickass, adj.: I look to you because you’d climb the tree to save the kite, while I’d stay on the ground, hoping a wind would come.

kickstart, v.:  When I open my eyes in the morning, I need a reason to open my eyes. And most mornings, it’s you.


kid, n.:  Alive, but having no real sense of time.

kidding, v.:  Delivering the candy-coated jibe; easier to swallow, but empty when digested.

kidney, n.:  I’d give you one, but would draw the line at two.

kidult, n.:  If we never have kids, if we never have a mortgage, if our parents never age, do we get to stay like this forever?

killjoy, n.:  I concede that every now and then I’m a speed bump, but I never want to be a brick wall.

kilter, n.:  Stop. Just stop. Breathe for a minute. Let gravity do its job. Settle before you move again.

kin, n.:  You carry your family with you. There is too much of it in your body to ever completely leave behind.

kindness, n.:  The most essential quality, more important, even, than love, because it applies to strangers as well as friends.

kindle, v.:  Yes, the sparks were there from the start, but we’d also put down the right material (our dry, ready hearts) to catch flame.

kindred, adj.:  We were meant to be in love; we were meant to be family.

kink, n.:  We don’t have to share each other’s strange affinities, but they have to at least make us curious.

kiosk, n.: I ran out to get us the Sunday paper and OJ for the first time, and found myself telling the man, “It’s not just for me.”

kiss, n.:  A manifestation of all the ways that give and take can combine to become share.

kitchen, n.:  Every party we’ve thrown gravitates here, our friends unable to get more than a room’s distance from the fridge.

kitschy, adj.:  Kitten + trashy

klaxon, n.: Your blaring harpy of an alarm goes off first, always managing to rip me from sleep before it makes it through to you.

kleptomania, n.:  The desire to make your things mine, as if that would be proof of anything besides theft.

knack, n.:  People who proclaim they are “good at Relationships” always seem a little undone by the plural.

knackered, adj.: Exhaustion that feels like you’re stuck in a comic frame, without the energy to create the bubbles for speech or thought.

knead, v.:  Sometimes metaphor is not enough, and we need to be hands on, tenderly taking the time to work out our knots.

kneejerk, adj.: You need to let me finish the sentence before you add the punctuation of a no.

knight, n.:  You have to know he doesn’t shine that armor himself.

kooky, adj.: I noticed the small initials on each of your walls, and you told me a drunk co-worker of yours once swore it brought good luck.

kowtow, v.:  I’m more afraid of bending to my own self-destructive qualities than to having you ask me to bow to yours.

kudzu, n.:  The element that you innocently introduce into your love that ends up taking it over, e.g. jealousy, competition, lament.
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Under the Radar Friday (3): Author Cynthia Sax on Erotic Romances


Under the Radar Friday is a weekly blog feature here at Oops! I Read A Book Again where I invite a person to share five books they think are under the radar. The goal is to promote books we utterly love but are unjustly unpopular. Here’s an avenue to pimp them out! To learn more about this feature, click here.

On our first week, Lisa of Lost in Lit opened with her favorite contemporary NA romances. Last week, Inah of The Bibliophile Confessions shared her contemporay YA romances pick. Afterall, it’s February, and we’re all about love and I try to be inclusive. So this week, I have an erotic romance author who’ll share her under the radar erotic romances because we all need a little bit (admit it: A LOT) of steam at times. Let’s all welcome, CYNTHIA SAX!!!

About Cynthia Sax

Cynthia Sax lives in a world filled with magic and romance. Although her heroes may not always say “I love you,” they will do anything for the women they adore. They live passionately. They play hard. They love the same women forever.

Cynthia has loved the same wonderful man forever. Her supportive hubby offers himself up to the joys and pains of research, while they travel the world together, meeting fascinating people and finding inspiration in exotic places such as Istanbul, Bali, and Chicago.

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Let’s get some recs to get the sizzle and steam on. Take it away, Cynthia!


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#UnderTheRadar Erotic Romances Recommended By Cynthia Sax

I LOVE the idea of #UnderTheRadar Fridays, sharing the delicious reading gems we’ve discovered with the rest of Romanceland. I’m known for picking up erotic romances written by yet-to-be-widely-known writers so choosing only five is extremely difficult for me. 

To make it easier for me, I’m going to restrict it to erotic romances with one male hero and one female heroine. There are so many writers who specialize in M/M, F/F or ménage (plus) erotic romances. I won’t steal their #UnderTheRadar choices.

We’ll start with Fifty Shades Of Grey. Ha! Just joking. You might have heard of that one already.

Here are my choices, in no specific order (and please note that I now consider all of these writers to be friends of mine – I’m a friender. If I like a book, I contact the writer. I also don’t like to recommend a writer unless I know he or she will treat my reading buddies right.)

Red Handed: A Benediction Novel

Red Handed – Shelly Bell 
Themes: Erotic Romance, Suspense, Mystery, BDSM, Contemporary

This is a sexy suspenseful thriller set in the BDSM world. The story starts from the point of view of the baddie (and yes, this individual IS a baddie). That alone makes it different in the erotic romance world. This villain confronts Danielle Walker, the heroine, in her home, tells her she must infiltrate a BDSM club, and follow his subsequent instructions or his men will shoot her stepmother. Cole DeMarco, the hunky hero and all around sexy Dom, owns the BDSM club. Sparks fly. Secrets are revealed. The unexpected happens.    

Bargain with the Beast (Breathlessly Ever After #2)

Bargain With The Beast – Naima Simone 
Themes: Erotic Romance, Contemporary, Interracial, Beauty And The Beast, Billionaire 

I’ll share one of my dirty little secrets. I LOVE beauty and the beast stories. I also love Naima Simone’s writing. It always makes me cry and this is no exception. Bargain With The Beast is a contemporary interracial erotic romance between a spunky heroine and a scarred (both inside and out) beastly hero. She needs his help to save her community center. He blackmails her into sharing sexy times with him. In addition to this, they have a heart wrenching history. He is her dead fiancé’s brother. Yep, it has all of the elements for a three hanky read and it doesn’t disappoint. 

Wolf at the Door (Salvation Pack, #1)

Wolf At The Door – N.J. Walters
Themes: Erotic Romance, Contemporary, Paranormal, Shifter – Wolf

Being a beauty and the beast fan, I love reading about wolf shifters. N.J. Walters writes some of the hottest wolf shifters heroes on two…or, rather, four legs. I love all of the stories in the Salvation Pack series but I recommend starting with the first – Wolf At The Door. Gwen, the heroine, is a writer specializing in the paranormal. She uncovers the ‘truth’ about wolf shifters (though our cynical heroine doesn’t believe it). Jacque, the strong, sexy alpha of the Salvation Pack, is determined to keep the existence of wolf shifters hidden from the human world. They meet. He recognizes her as his mate. Chaos and sexy times follow! 

Lyon's Price (Zodiac Cyborgs, #1)

Lyon’s Price – Mina Carter
Themes: Erotic Romance, SciFi, Science Fiction, Futuristic, Cyborg

I can’t resist SciFi erotic romances with cyborg heroes. There’s something about a half-human/half-machine hero that really appeals to me. Lyon, from Mina Carter’s Lyon’s Price, is one of my favorites (along with Ice from Laurann Dohner’s Touching Ice – grins). He is angry at the unjust universe and at the judgmental humans in particular. Samara is human and responsible for treating his wounds before he’s sent to be dissected. Both beings come into the relationship with preconceptions about the other. There’s angst and humor and quite a few steamy moments. 

The Lesson Plan (Lords of Lancashire #1)

The Lesson Plan – Jackie Barbosa
Themes: Erotic Romance, Regency, Historical

When I’m not reading erotic romances, I’m reading traditional Regency romances. The Lesson Plan merges my two loves together. Winifred “Freddie” Langston, tomboy extraordinaire, is expected to (finally) join the marriage mart and have her first season. Before she takes this plunge, she wants to have one more mad caper. She plans to visit a brothel to see what this sex business is all about. Freddie’s brother sends his best friend, the hunky Conrad, to stop her. Conrad, who has had the hots for Freddie for years, decides to kidnap her. Yes, tying the woman he loves up in rope and spending every waking (and some sleeping) moment with her might not be the best cure for his desire. The Lesson Plan is fun and sexy and I’ve read it about fifteen times.

Eek! That’s my five. There are so many great erotic romances I haven’t mentioned. Which stories am I missing?

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Thank you so much, Cynthia! I haven’t heard of these books (I don’t read much erotica) but I’m sure some of my readers are glad with these sexy recommendations. Don’t forget to follow Cynthia on Twitter and add her on Facebook. She also has a newsletter (sign up, go!), a blog, and a website. Go click on all the links!

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Under the Radar Friday (2): Inah of The Bibliophile Confessions on Contemporary YA Romances + Giveaway



Under the Radar Friday is a weekly blog feature here at Oops! I Read A Book Again where I invite a person to share five books they think are under the radar. The goal is to promote books we utterly love but are unjustly unpopular. Here’s an avenue to pimp them out! To learn more about this feature, click here.


This week, a Filipino (*pompoms*) blogger will share her favorite contemporary YA romances, a genre which I am absolutely gaga over. I am so excited to share her recommendations with you (and to get on reading them as well). Let’s all welcome, INAH OF THE BIBLIOPHILE CONFESSIONS!!!!

First, let’s get to know Inah with a quickfire interview!


A book (or five) you’d want with you if you’re alone stuck in an island?

Umm… Can I please just add two more so I could bring all seven Harry Potter books with me? *winks* Yeah, it would be the Harry Potter series.


Favorite book (or let’s be real, bookS)?


Okay, besides the one’s I’ve mentioned for the feature, here are some others: 


Paper Towns by John Green

The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Champion by Marie Lu
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Favorite fictional couple/ship?


I have tons because I also love to watch lots of TV series but in books would be June and Day from Marie Lu’s Legend Trilogy.


#1 book boyfriend?


This is getting harder. Hahaha! Okay… Noah Shaw from The Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkin.


Favorite pizza topping?


I really really love eating pizza, which means I’ve tried different flavors/varieties of it, but for me, a pizza is not complete without black olives.


Celebrity crush?


Chris Evans! 


Most favorite trope (a.k.a. I will like this book because it has my weakness)?


Bestfriend romances! Plus points if the guy is nerdy/geeky and very adorkable! 


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Now that you have an idea on what Inah fancies, let’s hear her picks for contemporary YA romance books that need more pimping! The floor is yours, Inah!


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Waiting For You

Waiting For You by Susane Colasanti. I have only read one Susane Colasanti novel so far but her novels basically scream fluffy and light contemporary romances. This book had me hooked from the first page. I love how adorkable the characters were, especially Nash! Also, Susane has a book to be released this year called City Love, and I’m very much excited to read it.

Synopsis


At the beginning of her sophomore year, Marisa is ready for a fresh start and, more importantly, a boyfriend. So when the handsome and popular Derek asks her out, Marisa thinks her long wait for happiness is over. But several bumps in the road—including her parents’ unexpected separation, a fight with her best friend, and a shocking disappointment in her relationship with Derek—test Marisa’s ability to maintain her new outlook. Only the anonymous DJ, whose underground podcasts have the school’s ear, seems to understand what Marisa is going through. But she has no idea who he is—or does she? In Waiting For You, this third romantic novel from Susane Colasanti, Marisa learns how to “be in the Now” and realizes that the love she’s been waiting for has been right in front of her all along.


Geek Girl (Geek Girl, #1)Geek Girl by Holly Smale. This book is one of my utter faves. I indentified with Harriet so much. The book was out in the UK for years now but it was published in the US this January. I really have to say that this book deserves buzz and the spotlight because it’s not just a cutesy contemporary, it’s a story that can be an inspiration to people with low self-esteem and battling issues regarding oneself.

My review of Geek Girl


Synopsis:


Geek + runway = a hilarious runaway hit! This bestselling UK debut is full of humor and high-fashion hijinks—and now it’s coming to America.


Harriet Manners is tired of being labeled a geek. So when she’s discovered by a modeling agent, she seizes the chance to reinvent herself. There’s only one problem: Harriet is the definition of awkward. Does she have what it takes to transform from geek to chic?


Leaving Paradise (Leaving Paradise, #1)Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles. Simone Elkeles is one of my favorite authors. I love the way she writes and her characters are very dynamic. I loved her Perfect Chemistry Trilogy but this one I loved more. I really think that this book is very underrated and deserves more attention! Not only does this deal with romance and friendship, but also it tackles the hardships of being a teenager and growing up in general, to which I think a lot of readers would be able to relate with.

Synopsis:


Nothing has been the same since Caleb Becker left a party drunk, got behind the wheel, and hit Maggie Armstrong. Even after months of painful physical therapy, Maggie walks with a limp. Her social life is nil and a scholarship to study abroad—her chance to escape everyone and their pitying stares—has been canceled.


After a year in juvenile jail, Caleb’s free . . . if freedom means endless nagging from a transition coach and the prying eyes of the entire town. Coming home should feel good, but his family and ex-girlfriend seem like strangers.


Caleb and Maggie are outsiders, pigeon-holed as “criminal” and “freak.” Then the truth emerges about what really happened the night of the accident and, once again, everything changes. It’s a bleak and tortuous journey for Caleb and Maggie, yet they end up finding comfort and strength from a surprising source: each other.


Love and LeftoversLove and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay. I have read this book like 3 years ago but I still remember how I felt while reading it. This was the first book I’ve read that was written with the chapters as a “verse”. I truly adored this book but it hasn’t quite reached a lot of readers yet.

Synopsis:


Romantic and bittersweet, Love and Leftovers captures one girl’s experience with family, friends, and love. Dragged to New Hampshire for the summer, Marcie soon realizes that her mom has no plans for them to return to Marcie’s father in Idaho. As Marcie starts at a new school, without her ragtag group of friends called the Leftovers, a new romance heats up, but she struggles to understand what love really means.


How I FallHow I Fall by Anne Eliot. This book was one of my best reads last year. This book is like a needle in a haystack and I have to say that this is definitely a gem. I’m so glad to have discovered this book, thanks to some friends, and even to Anne herself. I love this book to pieces (and um, every other book Anne has written). I’m really happy to share this one and it’s such a great opportunity to give an exposure to a book from an indie author. This is pretty much a fluffy read but the best part about this is that the main character, Ellen, has cerebral palsy and it just shows us how one can be successful despite of their flaws.

My review of How I Fall


Synopsis:


*WHAT IF YOU HAD AN IMPOSSIBLE CRUSH?*

Impossible because she’s Ellen Foster. The beautiful, smart, and possibly fragile photography-girl. You’re Cam Campbell. The guy who plays football 24/7 with no life. But what if during junior year, you decide to finally try for her phone number—until this glitter-crazed new girl ruins your plan. Worse, the girl is Irish, awkward, and insists you and Ellen should become best friends—with her! Only, you don’t want to be friends with a human tornado, and you think Ellen might need to stay a crush. This is because after one interaction you’ve discovered Ellen Foster really is fragile. Your problems and secrets are too big for anyone to understand.

*WHAT IF YOU COULDN’T RESIST?*

But what if the three of you wind up assigned to a group photography project, where rumors are already circling about the new girl being ridiculous? You know she’s nice but very alone, so you convince your crush to help protect the new girl. Suddenly, working on the project makes hanging out, texting, talking—and even high school—seem fun and completely normal when it’s anything but normal. 

*WHAT IF YOU KISS* 

What if you kiss Ellen Foster and it’s perfect enough to make you believe in things you shouldn’t. You tell her secrets and share your dreams. You make the kinds of promises and create plans to be together that might be impossible to keep when you’re only sixteen and your parents control your entire future, 
but…

*WHAT IF YOU HURT HER…*


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Thank you so much, Inah! You deserve some blueberry cheesecake and pizza (Is that a good combination?!) for all sharing the love for these books and recommending them! Don’t forget to check out (and follow!) Inah’s blog, The Bibliophile Confessions! You can also like her Facebook page, follow her on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram. Go do it all!

Giveaway

Just like last week, I want to provide a chance for YOU to read these amazing books. Here are the prizes!


Open worldwide:

One (1) winner of a paperback of GEEK GIRL by Holly Smale
One (1) winner of a paperback LEAVING PARADISE by Simone Elkeles
One (1) winner of e-copies of HOW I FALL, HOW I FLY, and UNMAKING HUNTER KENNEDY by Anne Eliot

Open to US/Can residents only:

One (1) winner of a paperback of LEAVING PARADISE by Simone Elkeles

Thank you to Holly Smale, Nicola Carthy, Simone Elkeles, Katie Mickschl, and Anne Eliot for all these prizes!

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JELLYBEAN KISSES is the story of Jax and Jacey, two best friends who fake a relationship at the expense of something real. It’s going to take a hurricane, a goose, and a pound of jellybeans to get them to confess their feelings to one other. But can they find the courage before it’s too late?


Flawed Perfection (Beautifully Flawed, #1)

River Alhers is the girl next door to the Beckerson Boys. The two brothers couldn’t be more different, except for one thing: River.

Bobby loved River, River loved Adam and Adam only loved himself–or so everyone thought. Then one night everything changes, and life long friendships will be tested for the sake of love. As the romance threatens to destroy everyone involved, a tragedy strikes that will leave more than just a friendship broken.


American Girl on Saturn (Saturn, #1)

When attempt has been made on the lives of Canadian boyband, Spaceships Around Saturn, during their USA tour, the guys have to go into hiding ASAP with a secret service agent’s family, which includes two teenage daughters and a five-year-old fangirl. But after the super-cute Milo kisses Chloe during a game of hide-and-seek, she finally understands what little sister Emery means when she talks about SAS being “out of this world.” If this is what Saturn feels like, Chloe doesn’t want to come back to Earth.


To the Sea (Follow your Bliss, #1)

To the Sea is the story of twenty-something Kira, freshly out of college and newly married, when she faces the unexpected loss of her young husband. As grief weighs her down, she uncovers the secrets he left behind. While trying to overcome tragedy, she learns to surf—on a surfboard and the waves in life. She navigates new feelings of lust with Australian hottie Jamie, and the depths of love with soul-surfer Ian, all while discovering her own strength, overcoming loss, and transforming her life.


One Song Away

Sophie-Claire Wright keeps waiting for the lucky break that will launch her songwriting career, but lately her life feels more like a bad country song on repeat. When she moves home and tells a tiny lie–that she has a boyfriend–she turns to an old friend and crush to play the part of her fill-in boyfriend. Soon, sparks are flying between them, and Sophie can’t tell which kisses are real and which are fake. Just as she decides to take a leap of faith, she receives a chance to return to Nashville and the songwriting dreams she left behind. Is the life she wants ONE SONG AWAY or has she already found it in Jake’s arms?

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Under the Radar Friday (1): Lisa of Lost in Literature on New Adult Books + Giveaway!



Under the Radar Friday is a weekly blog feature here at Oops! I Read A Book Again where I invite a person to share five books they think are under the radar. The goal is to promote books we utterly love but are unjustly unpopular. Here’s an avenue to pimp them out! To learn more about this feature, click here.

Today is the first ever Under the Radar Friday and I am *so* thrilled to start the recommending and the squeeing! To start UTRF with a bang, I have a book blogger I look up to and whose recommendations I always listen to. Let’s all welcome… LISA OF LOST IN LITERATURE!

First, let’s get to know our guest of honor for today’s UTRF with a quickfire interview!

A book (or five) you’d want with you if you’re alone stuck in an island?

The Harry Potter series.  Though I haven’t completed the series yet (*gasp* I KNOW!!) I plan to this year.  I have a feeling this is a series I could read over, and over… and over again.  

Favorite book (or let’s be real, bookS)?

No, I refuse to answer this.  Not a chance!

Okay… I’ve given it some thought and I’m ready to answer it now.  😉  I’ll stick with books that I could read over and over again, since picking a favorite is always hard for me.  I’ll go with the Anna and the French Kiss series.

Favorite fictional couple/ship?

Lola and Cricket (Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins)

#1 book boyfriend?

Ben (Five Ways to Fall by KA Tucker)

Favorite pizza topping?

Eggplant – so yum!

Celebrity crush?

Dane Cook That guy is HILARIOUS!!  And easy on the eyes.  😉

Most favorite trope (a.k.a. I will like this book because it has my weakness)?

Best friends to more relationships. I’m a HUGE sucker for childhood friends that grow into something more.  It gets my every time.

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Now that you have an idea on what books Lisa loves, let’s hear her picks for books that need more pimping! Lisa initially wanted to share five contemporary YA novels but she ended up doing NA and she’ll tell you why. Take it away, Lisa!


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So as I started working on this, I realized that there are so many NA books that I just love, but that others have decided not to read merely because of the NA label.  (NA has received a bad rap in the recent past, for some reason)  So here are the 5 NA books/series that I think deserve more attention than they are getting.  🙂
Reason to Breathe (Breathing, #1)
Reason to Breathe (Breathing Series) by Rebecca Donovan
This series I recently marathoned straight through on audio.  It was fantastic!  It had extremely realistic.  Life isn’t all rainbows and butterflies.  These stories had love and friendship, mixed with heartache, pain, and even death.  These books are sure to leave a lasting impression on you.
Best Kind of Broken (Finding Fate, #1)
Best Kind of Broken (Finding Fate Series) by Chelsea Fine
This series of books remains on my top 5 list of very favorite series.  They are companion novels, all involving a wonderful group of characters that you’re sure to fall in love.  They don’t really need to all be read in order, but if you do read them in order you will enjoy the little cameo appearances of characters from prior books.  This is a fun, heartwarming, and emotional at times, group of books that every NA reader should check out.
Burying Water (Burying Water, #1)
Burying Water (Burying Water Series) by KA Tucker
KA Tucker is most known for her insanely popular series, Ten Tiny Breaths.  And trust me, I totally join in on this fandom.  The Ten Tiny Breaths series is probably my very favorite series EVER!  But this new book by KA Tucker hasn’t gotten the attention I feel it deserves.  Though it’s categorized as NA, it’s has much more of an adult romantic suspense novel, in my opinion.  It’s action-packed and sure to keep you on the edge of your seat, as well as full of swoony romantic scenes that will leave you blushing.  A new series by an amazing author that shouldn’t be missed!
A Little Too Far (A Little Too Far, #1)
A Little Too Far (A Little Too Far Series) by Lisa Desrochers
I read A Little Too Far as part of a blog tour a couple of years ago.  The cover caught my attention and I thought, ehh, why not?  Well, guys, this book was amazeballs!  I was completely drawn to the story and zipped through it so fast.  I think some are hesitant because the hint at a love triangle in the synopsis.  And I guess you would say there is one.  But I didn’t mind it one bit!  It was perfect.  I think many other NA fans would enjoy this book, and entire series, if they give it a chance.
Boomerang (Boomerang, #1)
Boomerang (Boomerang Series) by Noelle August
Ahhh.  This book was such a breath of fresh air in the NA genre.  It was unlike any other NA book I’ve ever read.  It was cute, it was addicting, and it was so much fun!  Another book that has scared people away simply because of the NA categorization.  Ignore that you think it’s an NA, and just go into it expecting an entertaining read, and I’m sure you’ll be as satisfied with it as I was.
These are all books that I rated 5 stars, and books that I think more people should read. Talented authors are far too often overlooked in such a vast community. I’m always looking for recommendations myself, so I’m sure others are looking for recs as well.  These are my top five “under the radar” books in the NA genre that I feel deserve more attention.

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Thank you so much, Lisa! Let’s all give Lisa hugs and cookies and cake for her wonderful recs! Don’t forget to check out (and follow!) Lisa’s blog Lost in Literature. You can (and should) follow her too on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Giveaway

Lisa just recommended amazing New Adult books to try. Now, I’m providing a way for you to read it ASAP. I have awesome prizes to kick off the first ever Under the Radar Friday post!


Open worldwide:

One (1) winner of a SIGNED copy of REASON TO BREATHE by Rebecca Donovan
One (1) winner of a paperback of BEST KIND OF BROKEN by Chelsea Fine
One (1) winner of a paperback of BURYING WATER by K.A. Tucker
One (1) winner of a paperback of BOOMERANG and an ARC of REBOUND by Noelle August

Open to US residents only:

One (1) winner of a paperback of BOOMERANG

Thank you to Rebecca Donovan, Emily Lalone, Chelsea Fine, K.A. Tucker, Kelly Simmon, Lorin Oberweger, and Megan Schumann for all these prizes!

Good luck with the giveaway! *very envious host in here*

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Stacking the Shelves (43) + January Recap

I said I’ll cut back on buying, right? Uhm, can we start that some other time? I couldn’t resist because Fully Booked had a sale!


Gifted

The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan

When I read about Marina’s story and how she died at a young age full of potential, I got sad. But I got sadder when I read one of her essays and how it was poignant yet hopeful. This book has been on my wishlist ever since that moment last year. My friend and I exchanged gifts AKA exchanged books and this was my wishlist. I’m so excited yet a wee bit afraid to read it because I know there will be FEELS AND TEARS.


Bought

Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

After loving Noggin by John Corey Whaley, I immediately bought his debut novel Where Things Come Back. Sadly, I still haven’t read it because I fail.

I also bought a paperback of The Dream Thieves because the ARC that I was reading had missing pages!!! Yes, I was enraged and so sad at midnight on a Sunday because I couldn’t continue reading! I went to the nearest bookstore the next day and thank God there’s a copy! I would have cried, really, if I wasn’t able to read it the next day. I was on the juicy parts and then BAH.




When the World Was Flat (and we were in love) by Ingrid Jonach


I promised myself I’ll buy my own hardcover copy of When the World Was Flat (and we were in love) because I absolutely love it. But I never did until I discovered back in January 1 that it’s gonna be out of print! So I bought one immediately and it arrived this week! Tom x Lily 4EVA


*signed* The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
*signed* The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

I couldn’t go to any of Michelle Hodkin’s signings here in the Philippines so I was grateful that I was still able to get signed copies. Thank you so much, Fully Booked!


This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki

I’ve been eyeing this ever since reading the raves on this YA graphic novel. But what ultimately made me break the bank was Emma Roberts reading it and loving it. Emma Roberts is my favorite Emma and she has great taste in books and I’m trying to have an Emma Roberts Book Club with myself. #wevegotourselvesaSULA #ifyoudidntgetthereferenceyourenotawildchild


Out of Reach by Carrie Arcos

After loving and bawling last year with There Will Come A Time by Carrie Arcos, I knew I had to read her award-winning debut novel.


We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

Jean wanted me to read this so of course I will. He keeps my reading selections varied AKA not all YA.


Trouble by Non Pratt

I’ve wanted to read this because ALL THE RAVES, MAN. I’ve been scouring for a copy and I chanced upon one at Fully Booked and TADA! It only cemented that I HAVE to read it because I read an excerpt from Love Hurts (review soon!) and it’s just my kind of read. SO EXCITED!


Submarine by Joe Dunthorne

Lastly, SUBMARINE movie tie-in edition! I love love love the film adaptation directed by Richard Ayoade (hats off to you, sir). I never thought I could idolize Richard Ayoade even more after I busted my gut with The IT Crowd but apparently, he’s also a deft director and just !!! I can’t wait to see Craig Roberts in more movies too. Damn fine comic chops and his deadpan delivery, yes! Anyway, looking forward to reading this too just to see where one of my favorite coming-of-age films was adapted from.

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Recap

This 2015, I feel like doing monthly recaps on what happened in the blog. This will be posted on the last day of the month, along with my Stacking the Shelves post for that month as well. Sooooo, what happened here at Oops! I Read A Book Again this January?


I ended up reviewing seven titles only (BOO, I was aiming for at least 10) and these are Forever Found by Nazarea Andrews, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (finally), Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, Only A Kiss by Ines Bautista-Yao, Noggin by John Corey Whaley, Winger by Andrew Smith, and Attachments by Rainbow Rowell.

I also thought of possible theme songs for The Fault in Our Stars, Only A Kiss, and Noggin.

I helped share the covers for Black Iris by Leah Raeder, Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen and All Played Out by Cora Carmack.

Because I’m obsessed with David Levithan and The Lover’s Dictionary, I actually compile the companion tweets by @loversdiction. Dictionary entries from H, I, and J are up!

The blog tours I organized for Keeper of the Lost Souls by Kristy Centeno, Only A Kiss by Ines Bautista-Yao, and Payback is Sweet by Kristy Centeno happened. I also invited you all to help Nikki Godwin announce the release of her newest novel Breaking Saint Jude.

I celebrated Breaking Saint Jude by Nikki Godwin’s release!

I featured Cities by Carla de Guzman with an excerpt and Carla’s playlist, as well as Keeper of the Lost Souls by Kristy Centeno with an excerpt.

Lastly, I announced my newest blog feature, Under the Radar Friday!

Introducing Under the Radar Friday!

Today, I’m introducing this blog feature I’ve been cooking up for the past month or so. Finally!

Do you have those books that you ABSOLUTELY LOVE but the world doesn’t even know exist? Do you have those books you think are unjustly unpopular but are so great that you pimp them out every chance you get? Do you think some novels are just so under the radar? Now, here’s your chance to share them to the world! Introducing… UNDER THE RADAR FRIDAY!!!11


Inspired by Dahlia Adler’s #UnderTheRadarYA hashtag on Twitter, Under the Radar Friday is the newest weekly blog feature here at Oops! I Read A Book Again. Every Friday, I’ll be featuring a bookish person (a blogger, an author, a publicist, anyone!) who will share five books they think are under the radar. It could be young adult, new adult, or adult books. They could also choose a theme or a genre (e.g. contemporary YA romances, YA time travel, best friend romances, 24-hour YA novels, etc) but that’s completely optional.

Be ready to add even more books to your TBR and let the recommendations and squeeing begin! I am so excited to get this feature started and I already have a few bookish people lined up. Of course, I want YOU to be a part of it too. Do you want to share your favorite novels that need more loving? Do you want yet another avenue to pimp them out? Then fill up this form so I can contact you and we can start talking and doing some wonderful stuff and all that! *jazz hands*

Feel free to use the hashtag #UnderTheRadarFriday so we can discuss and chat. Come back next Friday for the first ever Under the Radar Friday!

P.S. Thank you to Sab for the banner!

Cover Reveal: Maybe Me by Amber Hart

We’re so excited to reveal the cover for MAYBE ME by Amber Hart! Maybe Me releases this fall from Kensington Teen!


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About MAYBE ME:

A sliver of a second is all it takes.

Maria Reyes knows what it means to come from nothing. Escaping Cuba, the States have given Maria new dreams. Like graduating high school. Going to college. Making something of herself. Forgetting a past that always seems to creep up on her family. But mostly, staying out of trouble. Which is why falling for Hale is out of the question.

An unguarded moment, a simple mistake.

Hale Watson is a flash of a second away from being locked up for good. With a rap sheet longer than the list of homes he comes from, Hale has one more shot at making things right. Graduate senior year. Don’t mess up. Don’t get caught. That’s the plan. Until he meets Maria.

And everything changes.

Add MAYBE ME to Goodreads here! You can also preorder it below (more retailers coming soon)!



MAYBE ME is the third book in the Before & After series, but it can be read as a standalone! You can find out more about BEFORE YOU and AFTER US here!

About Amber Hart

Amber Hart grew up in Orlando, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia. She now resides on the Florida coastline with family. When unable to find a book, she can be found writing, daydreaming, or with her toes in the sand. She’s the author of the Before & After series (BEFORE YOU; AFTER US; MAYBE ME), and the Until You Find Me series (UNTIL YOU FIND ME; CAPTURED BY YOU). Rep’d by Beth Miller of Writers House.

Theme Song: Noggin by John Corey Whaley

Noggin

Title: Noggin
Author: John Corey Whaley
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Date of Publication: April 8, 2014

Listen — Travis Coates was alive once and then he wasn’t.

Now he’s alive again.

Simple as that.

The in between part is still a little fuzzy, but he can tell you that, at some point or another, his head got chopped off and shoved into a freezer in Denver, Colorado. Five years later, it was reattached to some other guy’s body, and well, here he is. Despite all logic, he’s still 16 and everything and everyone around him has changed. That includes his bedroom, his parents, his best friend, and his girlfriend. Or maybe she’s not his girlfriend anymore? That’s a bit fuzzy too.

Looks like if the new Travis and the old Travis are ever going to find a way to exist together, then there are going to be a few more scars.

Oh well, you only live twice.

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Theme Song

Waking up five years after his head got chopped off and stored in a cryogenic freezer, all Travis Coates wanted was to continue living his life. However, his girlfriend Cate is actually engaged now and all he wants is to get her back. So I immediately thought of this song because while Travis’s girlfriend isn’t named Ramona, everything was so on point (check out the lyrics, although Cate’s fiance isn’t a slacker). I present to you… RAMONA by Velociraptor!


Ramona I told you
I can’t sit next to you in the cinema
When you’re texting other guys
And I thought I knew you
But baby you make me so blue, uuuu uuuh uuuh

My baby, used to be my baby
So sweet and my baby,
Used to be my baby, my baby!
I can’t be merry when
My ramona marries some other slacker
I-i-i-i still remember when –

Ramona I told you
I ain’t now scared of you
I won’t write, I won’t call
And I thought I knew you
But baby you make me so blue, uuuu uuuh uuuh

My baby, used to be my baby
So sweet and my baby
Used to be my baby, my baby!
I can’t be merry when
My ramona marries some other slacker
I-i-i-i still remember when she was my girl

My girl my girl
My girl and my girl
My girl my girl
My girl and my girl
My girl my girl
My girl and my girl

Ramona I told you!

I can’t be merry when
My ramona marries some other slacker
When I still remember when

I can’t be merry when
My ramona marries some other slacker
When I still remember when

My girl, my girl
My girl, my girl

Cover Reveal: All Played Out by Cora Carmack

Holy smokes are we excited to bring you the cover for Cora Carmack’s ALL PLAYED OUT! ALL PLAYED OUT is a New Adult Contemporary Romance and is the 3rd book in the Rusk University Series, published by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins. It is due to be released on May 12, 2015!! If you haven’t had a chance to read this sexy, fun series yet, be sure to grab ALL LINED UP and ALL BROKE DOWN!


Pre-Order Your Copy Today!

Amazon ** Barnes & Noble ** iTunes

Add ALL PLAYED OUT on Goodreads!


About ALL PLAYED OUT:

First person in her family to go to college? CHECK.
Straight A’s? CHECK.
On track to graduate early? CHECK.
Social life? …..yeah, about that….

With just a few weeks until she graduates, Antonella DeLuca’s beginning to worry that maybe she hasn’t had the full college experience. (Okay… Scratch that. She knows she hasn’t had the full college experience).

So Nell does what a smart, dedicated girl like herself does best. She makes a “to do” list of normal college activities.

Item #1? Hook up with a jock.

Rusk University wide receiver Mateo Torres practically wrote the playbook for normal college living. When he’s not on the field, he excels at partying, girls, and more partying. As long as he keeps things light and easy, it’s impossible to get hurt… again. But something about the quiet, shy, sexy-as-hell Nell gets under his skin, and when he learns about her list, he makes it his mission to help her complete it.

Torres is the definition of confident (And sexy. And wild), and he opens up a side of Nell that she’s never known. But as they begin to check off each crazy, exciting, normal item, Nell finds that her frivolous list leads to something more serious than she bargained for. And while Torres is used to taking risks on the field, he has to decide if he’s willing to take the chance when it’s more than just a game.

Together they will have to decide if what they have is just part of the experiment or a chance at something real.

And don’t miss the first two books in the Rusk University Series…

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ALL LINED UP, Book 1


ALL BROKE DOWN, Book 2


(Linked are my reviews!)


HeadshotAbout Cora Carmack:

Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life– boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.