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Triplicity : Review + Giveaway!

One thing that I love is mystery and romance. (Wow. Shocker.) So when I see a book that offers both of them, I jump on it. Triplicity by J. Mercer is a good example. The description of it immediately drew me in, which you can read below. 

Triplicity
J. Mercer
Publication date: January 6th 2019
Genres: Mystery, Romance, Young Adult

One week on an Alaskan cruise, three teens, and an endless trail of lies.

Enter a series of thefts on board and they all fall under scrutiny. Though Navy acts a proper preacher’s daughter, she did end up with someone else’s purse in her hands, and Jesse knows way more than he should about what’s gone missing. Isaiah, however, is the one with motive—enough money and he could get back to his ranch. Each holds a piece of the truth, but exposing the thief could damn them all. They must navigate through the lies they’ve told, choose between standing together or saving themselves, and decide if innocence is worth facing their ugliest secrets.

*For readers of Kasie West and Jenny Han.*

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WARNING: THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS.

            Interesting, right? It gave me high hopes for the book. But, did it meet it’s expectations? Not 100%. While a good book, It definitely didn’t make it onto my favorite reads list. 

          The book swims around three point of views – Navy, Jesse, and Isaiah. And out of those characters, only one of them were truly likeable (to me, at least.) And that was Jesse! While he wasn’t perfect, like most people, I truly did feel for him. Oh be still my beating heart. Neither Navy nor Isaiah deserved to be around him. (#TeamJesseDeservesBetter.) 

          Despite all of that, the plot itself was definitely interesting. Though I tried my hardest while reading, I wasn’t able to figure out who the thief was until the end reveal. (And I pride myself on things like this, smh.) And one thing I can say about that is this – it frustrated me to no end. It wasn’t the thief themselves that frustrated me, but rather the circumstances around it. I know I just said I didn’t like Navy, but #NavyDeservesBetter.

         And the final thing. The thing that I was excited for the most : the Romance. The romance in this book is in summary a weirdly complicated love triangle. And might I say, kind of annoying. Jesse and Isaiah “battle it out” for Navy’s affections (and the chance to take her first kiss) and instead of loving it, I rolled my eyes instead. It was all very predictable. When I read Navy’s point of view I wanted to hear about Jesse, when I read Isaiah’s point of view I wanted to hear about Jesse, and when I read Jesse’s point of view I wanted him to stay very far away from everyone and *gasp* be happy. 

       Overall, I did enjoy the book and it wasn’t a chore to pick it up and read.

                     My Rating: 3 1/2 Stars

              Keep reading to learn about the author and enter a *giveaway*!

 

Author Bio:

J. Mercer grew up in Wisconsin where she walked home from school with her head in a book, filled notebooks with stories in junior high, then went to college for accounting and psychology only to open a dog daycare. She wishes she were an expert linguist, is pretty much a professional with regards to competitive dance hair (bunhawk, anyone?), and enjoys exploring with her husband–though as much as she loves to travel, she’s also an accomplished hermit. Perfect days include cancelled plans, rain, and endless hours to do with what she pleases. Find her on Facebook @jmercerbooks or online at www.jmercerbooks.com.

 

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Tainted Blog Tour + Giveaway

 

Tainted
Amanda Cowen
(Wyatt #1)
Publication date: June 22nd 2018
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Rhys Wyatt is as arrogant as he is beautiful, and Ivy Bishop has been infatuated with him forever. The night Ivy makes her move, it ends horribly, leaving her utterly heartbroken.

Three years later, Ivy is dating Blaine Wyatt; Rhys’s loving and tender younger brother. With Rhys and their past somewhat out of her mind, everything about her relationship with Blaine seems perfect. But when Blaine leaves Ivy alone all summer; neither of them anticipated Rhys to return, or him and Ivy to be stuck living under the same roof…

Rhys never believed Ivy would be all grown up and everything he’s ever wanted – gorgeous, perfectly alluring, and an infuriatingly tempting beauty he has to keep his hands off of. But the more they try to resist each other, the more intense their urges become, until one night changes everything, and Wyatt brothers will never be the same.

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Author Bio:

Amanda Cowen can be found eating cupcakes, singing off-key, or watching a good RomCom when she isn’t trapped on her computer writing stories. She is an “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” fanatic, a hater of roller-coasters and a country music junkie. She lives in Thunder Bay, ON where the summers are short and the winters are long.

Amanda would love to hear from her readers. Become a fan on Facebook, follow her on Instagram @authoramandacowen, or follow her on Goodreads.

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Ten Fun Facts with Katy Regnery + Fragments of Ash Giveaway

 

Fragments of Ash
Katy Regnery
(A Modern Fairytale #7)
Publication date: October 1st 2018
Genres: Fairy Tales, Romance, Adult

From New York Times bestselling author Katy Regnery comes a dark and twisted retelling of the beloved fairytale, Cinderella!My name is Ashley Ellis…I was thirteen years old when my mother – retired supermodel, Tig – married Mosier Răumann, who was twice her age and the head of the Răumann crime family. When I turned eighteen, my mother mysteriously died. Only then did I discover the dark plans my stepfather had in store for me all along; the debauched “work” he expected me to do.With the help of my godfather, Gus, I have escaped from Mosier’s clutches, but his twin sons and henchmen have been tasked with hunting me down. And they will stop at nothing to return my virgin body to their father…dead or alive.

** Contemporary Romance. Due to profanity and very strong sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.**

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥Fragments of Ash is part of the ~a modern fairytale~ collection: contemporary, standalone romances inspired by beloved fairy tales.The Vixen and the Vet (Beauty & the Beast) – available now

Never Let You Go (Hansel & Gretel) – available now Ginger’s Heart (Little Red Riding Hood) – available now Dark Sexy Knight (Camelot) – available now Don’t Speak (The Little Mermaid) – available now Sheer Heaven (Rapunzel) – available now Fragments of Ash (Cinderella) – coming October 1, 2018 Swan Song (The Ugly Duckling) – coming soon

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Sounds interesting! But we’ve always got to remember – the books we read wouldn’t be a reality without the writers. Keep reading to learn 10 Fun Facts and more about the talented writer of Fragments of Ash, Katy Regnery!

If you could wish for any one thing, and it would immediately come true, what would you wish for?

For my children to live long, healthy, happy lives.

Name your favorite fruit.

Pineapple.

Coffee or tea?

Coffee.

Favorite season?

Autumn.

How about favorite time of the day?

Dusk.

Favorite food for breakfast?

Peanut butter and jelly on an English muffin.

What is the latest book you’ve bought and read?

I have a lot of ARCs on my Kindle, but I didn’t buy them. Hmm. The last book I bought and read for myself was The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata. AND. I> LOVED. IT.

Do you have a favorite quote or personal motto?

Be kinder than necessary.

Cats or dogs?

Dogs.

Favorite Swear Word?

Fuck. Definitely. Fuck.

Author Bio:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

Katy Regnery started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract, and Katy’s first novel was published in September 2013. Forty books later, Katy claims authorship of the multititled New York Times and USA Today bestselling Blueberry Lane Series, which follows the English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story, and Ambler families of Philadelphia; the six-book, bestselling ~a modern fairytale~ series; and several other stand-alone novels and novellas, including the critically-acclaimed, 2018 RITA© nominated, USA Today bestselling contemporary romance, Unloved, a love story.Katy’s first modern fairytale romance, The Vixen and the Vet, was nominated for a RITA® in 2015 and won the 2015 Kindle Book Award for romance. Katy’s boxed set, The English Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2015, and her Christmas story, Marrying Mr. English, appeared on the list a week later. In May 2016, Katy’s Blueberry Lane collection, The Winslow Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, became a New York Times e-book bestseller. Katy’s books are available in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Turkish. Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, two dogs, and one Blue Tonkinese kitten create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.

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Book Tour: Speed of Life Review

 Today I’m participating in a blog tour for Speed of Life organized by Smith Publicity! My first post of the year….. this should be fun!

 

 

Synopsis:

Sofia wonders if 14 might be the worst possible age to lose your mom. Talking with her dad about puberty and s-e-x is super-awkward (even though he is a gynecologist). And when she wants to talk about her mom, her friends don’t know what to say and her dad gets sad.

When Sofia discovers Dear Kate, an advice columnist from Fifteen magazine, she’s grateful to have someone to confide in about everything from crushes to mourning—someone who is completely, wonderfully anonymous. It feels ideal—until Sofia’s dad introduces her to his new girlfriend, Katherine Baird, a.k.a., Dear Kate…

WARNING: THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS.

This book was so cute. If I had to sum my feelings up in a short paragraph I would say that it was one of the best emotional relatable roller coasters that I’ve ever read.

First things first – Diversity. Its rare that you’d see a book of this age range with an actual diverse range of people. Normally it follows a middle class white set of characters, which can always get boring. But with this book, I was able to notice that the author actually put effort into having a diverse and unique set of characters. Characters like Lan, Kiki, Dr Pavlica, Mr Kapur, and Aisha were prime examples of this. Even though they weren’t main characters, this is quite the deal. This book was not only diverse in race but in sexuality as well, including everyone from the spectrum of the world.

The beginning of the book was beautiful. It gave warning to the reader that it was going to be sorrowful. And it was, but it had a tint of humor that lightened up the grief everyone was going through. The style of the book (January to January – each chapter in a month) was a very unique like the rest of the book and helped the reader understand that the emotions the characters were going through lasted a while. Unlike other books, where the format of the book made the emotions feel like they happened in such a short time.

Sofia’s character structure is very well written. She’s 14 and at the age where she needs her mom the most. She goes through so much while dealing with the grief of her dead mother. Sofia’s mother’s death left such a dent in her family and they all struggled in moving on. Her honesty, innocence, and naivety are all examples of her youth. She’s flexible and understanding and slowly adapts better to changes over time, a sign of her slowly growing up and becoming who she is.

Overall though, the plot of Speed of Life was not predictable or wild. I could understand where the book was going pretty early on. But it was an emotional, diverse, funny, cute coming of age story. It didn’t have one theme, which could make it relatable girls growing up. A cute read, and I loved it!

                           My Rating: 4.5 Stars

I recommend this book to  middle school age girls who are interested in contemporary books!

 

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