“Never Always Sometimes,” By: Adi Alsaid Tuesday Blog Feature

GIVEAWAY ALERT:Be sure to look for details towards the end of this post about how to win your own hardcover copy of Adi Alsaid’s newest YA novel Never Always Sometimes. Harlequin Teen/Indiebound/Kobo/BooksAMillion/Barnes&Nobles Book Synopsis (Taken from Harlequin website): Never date your best friend Always be original Sometimes rules are meant to be broken Best friends Dave…

Review of Love and Miss Communication by Elyssa Friedland

Amazon/Barnes & Nobles/IndieBound “No more stalking ­people on Google. No more Facebooking exes. No more reading twits on Twitter. No more posting pictures and waiting for “likes.” No more refreshing Gmail every thirty seconds. No more hashtagging meaningless combinations of words. No more Instagramming every instant. No more Foursquaring her whereabouts. No more bidding on…

Review & Giveaway for “Eight Hundred Grapes” by Laura Dava

Amazon/Barnes &Nobles/IndieBound Synopsis (Taken from the Publisher’s Website) There are secrets you share, and secrets you hide…. Growing up on her family’s Sonoma vineyard, Georgia Ford learned some important secrets. The secret number of grapes it takes to make a bottle of wine: eight hundred. The secret ingredient in her mother’s lasagna: chocolate. The secret…

The Anger Meridian by Kaylie Jones

Amazon/Barnes & Nobles/Goodreads Publisher: Akashic Books Release Date: July 7, 2015 Review by: Kristie M. Hendricks Coping with abuses via French notes-to-self, Merryn Huntley has resisted change through a long marriage to Beau Huntley, a wealthy Wall Street playboy in Kaylie Jones’ The Anger Meridian. Jolted into action by his death and the revelation of a…

Review of Catherine Chanter’s “The Well,” & Literary Tea Feature-Two Leaves and a Bud’s “Orange Sencha Green Tea”

Amazon/Barnes & Nobles/ Goodreads Beginning in a literary comatose state, Catherine Chanter’s grim, methodical psychological thriller “The Well” takes some time for the reader to adjust to the slow pacing of the story. The beginning of the story has a glacial pace, introducing us to the story’s main first-person perspective Ruth Ardingly, who remind readers…

Review of Nancy Thayer’s “The Guest Cottage”

Amazon/ Barnes & Nobles/ Goodreads This is a fair, honest review of the book, even though I did receive a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a review. Reviewing beach reads, as with reviewing books of varying genres, tends to involve an entirely different rubric or set of rules. The rubric contains all…

Review of “The Sweetheart: A Novel,” by: Angelina Mirabella

 Amazon/Barnes & Nobles/Simon & Schuster/Goodreads Angelina Mirabella’s aptly- titled historical ficiton novel The Sweetheart, set around the era of the fifties in America, is an exciting, identity-confused perspective of a female wrestler, in a time in America which many attribute as being one of the most idyllic eras in our history.  When you read the…

Review of The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger

Amazon/Barnes & Nobles/Kobo/Goodreads Review written by: Jessica C. One of the most refreshing things to find in a YA novel is a character that the reader can relate to, and an author that writes characters near her age. It was a pleasant surprise after reading Kody Keplinger’s biography that she was a girl in her…

Dani Hoots’ Review of Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg

Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg  Amazon/Barnes&Noble Published by: Arthur A. Levine Books Review by: Dani Hoots Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg follows a teenage boy named Rafe who wants to leave his life in Colorado behind him and go to an all boys school on the east coast. Why does he want to do that?…

Dani Hoots’ Review of Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach

Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach Amazon/Barnes & Noble Published by: Dial Press Trade Paperback Review by: Dani Hoots Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach follows a young woman named Sophia as she is married to an elderly man, Cornelis, whom she married because her family was poor and needed the money he had. Set in 1630s…