Thursday, April 24, 2014

Falling to Pieces BLOG TOUR and GIVEAWAY!

Title: Falling to Pieces
Author: Jamie Canosa
Received: By author

I know for a fact that there is not a book by Jamie Canosa that I have not liked. I can say faithfully that I love every book that she has written and Falling to Pieces is no exception. Jamie is a great talent in the indie book world because she is successful at writing real characters. So real that Jade and Kiernan's story made me cry. Canosa offers a pure look into the world of a girl like Jade, someone who seems so strong but is scared on the inside. Her inner dialogue is remarkable and while reading I was able to go to a dark place that unfortunately people go to who deal with low self esteem, verbal abuse and family alcoholism, plus most important I was able to understand it. Kiernan and Jades story starts out with an adorable memory that develops into a real friendship. They face quite a few obstacles that offer great amounts of drama and hope.
I think Falling to Pieces will satisfy audiences who love Sara Dessen, Tom Leveen, and Morgan Matson. It has authentic insight that will offer readers a chance to see how alcoholism can tamper with other lives and what someone like Jade needs to conquer it. Falling to Pieces also shows the value of life and how to recognize what is most important and special about each day of it. I plead with readers to read Falling to Pieces and share it with everyone. It's so incredibly special and will definitely make any reader a devoted fan of Jamie Canosa.



Suffering the bitter tongues of her alcoholic mother and cruel boyfriend, Jade struggles just to look at herself in the mirror. She hates her life, her insecurities, her ineptitudes, but most of all . . . Jade hates herself. She wants nothing more than to disappear, and everyone seems happy to let her. Until Kiernan Parks moves back into town.

Jade’s been crushing on him ever since kindergarten, when his family moved away. But now he’s back, and looking better than ever.
Hiding is a way of life for Jade, but Kiernan insists on uncovering the real girl he’s sees trapped inside her. On drawing her out of her shell, and showing her that she is someone worthy of love.

Together, they fight back the darkness she’s living in. But when they finally step into the light, will the secret Kiernan’s been trying to keep buried destroy Jade, once and for all?

For some people, happy endings are a fairytale.

Jade cuts through the middle of insecurity and strength. She opens the window of the population of young teens who have to deal with a parent who suffers from alcoholism and the ramifications it can have on family. Jade could have left her mother if she really wanted to but she stays and takes the abuse her mother gives because she does love her. She loves her enough to pick her up from a bar and help her to bed safely. I thought it was wonderful of Kiernan's mother to step in and help Jade with this problem. I mean it really did deserve a standing ovation and it's what more people should try to do if they have the courage that Kiernan's mom had. With all of Jade's insecurities I was never irritated by her, instead I understood and connected with her. 

Kiernan I feel serves the readers intention to want to help Jade. Jis best quality is his persistence.
He doesn't give up on Jade and when readers find out what he is hiding from her they will fully understand his reasoning. He challenges Jade to think better of herself because he cares so much for her. Once Kiernan's family came into the picture I understood where he got his strength. His family sets an example of what Jade longs for from her own mother. After Kiernan's secret is out I worried if Jade would be okay and was pleased how Jamie wrote it. 

My favorite part of Falling to Pieces was when Jade gives Kiernan the most amazing and thoughtful gift. It touched my heart because it was something that was personal to Jade that made her step out of her shell. The best gifts are not always from a store and what Jade gives to Kiernan is something I think couples should try to do more often with each other. I will leave the mystery gift at that. 

Kiernan and Jade's story is beautifully written and really did bring me to the point of tears. Every character is strong and much needed to tell this story of love, family and friendship. I highly recommend this read to people who like to read strong contemporary fiction about real life issues.  

I hear Kiernan when I listen to this song. Through out the book I always remember him telling Jade to call him, no matter what if she needed his help. I wanted to pick so many other songs but felt they gave the gave the book away. BTW this is my all time favorite song of Kings of Leon.

Jamie Canosa is a full time author of YA/NA literature, which she absolutely loves. When she’s not writing or spending time with her family, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. She currently resides in Upstate NY with her husband, and their three crazy kids . . . plus the cat, the bird, and the rabbit.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Watcha Reading?

So I'm going to start a new post called Watcha Reading. I think it's only fair to share what interests me before I post my reviews. I'll only share what has personally interested me enough to download or request an advanced copy of it. If you don't already know, I do work in a bookstore and when someone asks me for my personal recommendations I wig out a bit because I'm very passionate about books I love. I love speaking about them and sharing what I enjoyed about the books I love with other YA/NA fans. So heres a chance to see what interests me and if the summaries seem enticing then you know what to request or preorder soon.

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John Green's The Fault in Our Stars meets Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & Park in this beautifully written, incredibly honest, and emotionally poignant novel. Cammie McGovern's insightful young adult debut is a heartfelt and heartbreaking story about how we can all feel lost until we find someone who loves us because of our faults, not in spite of them.

Born with cerebral palsy, Amy can't walk without a walker, talk without a voice box, or even fully control her facial expressions. Plagued by obsessive-compulsive disorder, Matthew is consumed with repeated thoughts, neurotic rituals, and crippling fear. Both in desperate need of someone to help them reach out to the world, Amy and Matthew are more alike than either ever realized.

When Amy decides to hire student aides to help her in her senior year at Coral Hills High School, these two teens are thrust into each other's lives. As they begin to spend time with each other, what started as a blossoming friendship eventually grows into something neither expected.

On The Fence by Kasie West out July 1st

Charlie Reynolds can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn't know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at a chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world. To cope with the stress of her new reality, Charlie takes to spending nights chatting with her neighbor Braden through the fence between their yards. As she grows to depend on their nightly Fence Chats, she realizes she's got a bigger problem than speeding tickets-she's falling for Braden. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.

Fun, original, and endearing, On the Fence is a romantic comedy about finding yourself and finding love where you least expect.

In the tradition of "High Fidelity "and "Empire Records," this is the literary soundtrack to Skylark Martin's strange, mysterious, and extraordinary summer. 
"This is the story of a wild girl and a ghost girl; a boy who knew nothing and a boy who thought he knew everything." 
It's a story about Skylark Martin, who lives with her father and brother in a vintage record shop and is trying to find her place in the world. It's about ten-year-old Super Agent Gully and his case of a lifetime. And about beautiful, reckless, sharp-as-knives Nancy. It's about tragi-hot Luke, and just-plain-tragic Mia Casey. It's about the dark underbelly of a curious neighborhood. It's about summer, and weirdness, and mystery, and music. 
"And it's about life and death and grief and romance. All the good stuff."

Bleed Like Me by C. Desir out October 7th

Seventeen-year old Amelia Gannon (just "Gannon" to her friends) is invisible to almost everyone in her life. To her parents, to her teachers--even her best friend is more interested in bumming cigarettes than bonding. Some days, the only way Gannon knows she’s real is by carving bloody lines into the flesh of her stomach.

Then she meets Michael Brooks, and for the first time, she feels seen to the core of her being. Obnoxious, controlling, damaged and addicting, he inserts himself into her life until all her scars are exposed. Each moment she's with him is a passionate, painful relief.

But as the relationship deepens, Gannon starts to feel as if she's standing at the foot of a dam about to burst. She's given up everything and everyone in her life for him, but somehow nothing is enough for Brooks--until the ultimate test.

A piercing, intimate portrayal of the danger of love so obsessive it becomes its own biggest threat. 

So there you have it, the books I am currently reading and will review. I recently started the book challenge on Goodreads and want to read 60 books this year. I started late and am 10 books behind but I'm confidant that I can catch up. Eye on the prize! Stay tuned for my future posts which will be about awesome books to add to your summer reading list and bargain reads that won't brake the bank.