Friday, July 1, 2016

Blog Tour: Two Summers


Summer in France
Leaving on a Jet Plane – Peter, Paul, and Mary
Moi Je Joue—Brigitte Bardott
Don’t Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas) – Regina Spektor
Kill Em with Kindness- Selena Gomez
La Belle Et Le Bad Boy — MC Solaar
I Really Like You—Carly Rae Jepsen
 Miles Away—Madonna
Quelqu'un m'a dit — Carla Bruni
 Modern Art—Black Lips
 Kiss Me—Sixpence None The Richer
 La Vie En Rose—Edith Piaf
 Firework—Katy Perry
 Love the Way You Lie—Eminem feat. Rihanna
 Summertime Sadness – Lana Del Ray
 It Hurts to Say Goodbye—Francoise Hardy
 Je Ne Regrette Rien—Edith Piaf
 Safe and Sound – Capital Cities
 Counting Stars—One Republic

 Summer at Home
 In the Summertime – Mungo Jerry
 The Suburbs—Arcade Fire
 Cruel Summer—Bananarama
 French Navy—Camera Obscura
 Electric Feel – MGMT
 The Boys of Summer –The Ataris
 Kodachrome – Paul Simon
 Bad Blood—Ryan Adams
 Summer in the City – The Lovin’ Spoonful
 Snap Out Of It—Arctic Monkeys
 Crazy in Love – Beyonce
 Birthday—The Beatles
 Photograph—Ringo Starr
 Daughter—Pearl Jam
 Roar—Katy Perry
 You’re My Best Friend—Queen
 Dancing on My Own—Robyn
 Home—Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

About the Book:
Author: Aimee Friedman
Pub. Date: April 26, 2016
Publisher: Point
Pages: 368
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

ONE SUMMER in the French countryside, among sun-kissed fields of lavender . . .

ANOTHER SUMMER in upstate New York, along familiar roads that lead to surprises . . .

When Summer Everett makes a split-second decision, her summer divides into two parallel worlds. In one, she travels to France, where she’s dreamed of going: a land of chocolate croissants, handsome boys, and art museums. In the other, she remains home, in her ordinary suburb, where she expects her ordinary life to continue — but nothing is as it seems.

In both summers, she will fall in love and discover new sides of herself. What may break her, though, is a terrible family secret, one she can't hide from anywhere. In the end, it may just be the truth she needs the most.

From New York Times bestselling author Aimee Friedman comes an irresistible, inventive novel that takes readers around the world and back again, and asks us what matters more: the journey or the destination.

I LOVED this book - it was the perfect summer read! Check out my review here. And I'm super happy to be part of the tour! 

About Aimee:
Aimee Friedman was born and raised in Queens, New York, in an apartment filled with books and different languages. She wrote her first story at the age of five, and was off and running from there. Aimee wrote all through her years as a student at the Bronx High School of Science and then Vassar College. After graduating from college in 2001, she became a children's book editor, a job she still does, and loves, to this day! Aimee published her first novel, the New York Times bestseller, South Beach, in 2005, and is now the author of several novels for young adults, the latest being Two Summers. Aimee lives in New York City, where she can usually be found writing in cafes, window-shopping, or searching for the perfect iced latte.

Giveaway Details:  You know you want a copy! 
3 winners will receive a signed finished copy of TWO SUMMERS and TWO SUMMERS travel bag
(US Only)

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Tour Schedule: Check out the rest of the tour!

Week One:
6/27/2016- Novel NoviceGuest Post
6/28/2016- Page Turners BlogReview
6/29/2016- The Cover Contessa- Interview
6/30/2016- Just CommonlyReview

Week Two:

7/4/2016- Here's to Happy EndingsReview
7/5/2016- Andi's ABCsGuest Post
7/6/2016- A Dream Within A DreamReview
7/7/2016- Curling Up With A Good BookGuest Post
7/8/2016- Margie's Must ReadsReview

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Adult Review: Sleepless in Manhattan

 * First in a new trilogy * 
Paige hasn't had an easy life but just when pieces seem to be falling into place, her world comes crashing down. She goes into work one day expecting a raise but leaves without a job. Before Paige can wrap her head around this new chance, her brother's best friend (and her major crush) dares her to start her own events company.

Armed with her two best friends and knowledge, Paige decides to give it a go. Only once she starts, she finds it hard to drum up any clients - until Jake steps in again and offers her a huge job. Can she work with him without allowing her feelings to get in the way?
My Thoughts: I loved the first book in this new trilogy! I adored the friendship between the three girls. I loved the easy way they conversed with Paige's brother and Jake. I love how they had each other's backs. I loved how Paige grew during the book - how she took chances and how she distanced herself from her past. I liked learning more about the events planning business. I loved her determination and her strength. Can't wait to read the next two stories! 

Cover Thoughts: Cute!
Source: My Library
Library Recommendation: Highly recommended for the romance collection
Final Thoughts: A fun start to a new trilogy in the city that never sleeps (And neither will you if you start this book at night - at least not until you finish it)

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Adult Review: Nobody but You

 * Book 3 in the Cedar Ridge series *
After losing his best friend, Jacob comes home to Cedar Ridge to heal. He knows it's not going to be easy with the way he left, but that doesn't stop him from trying. Unfortunately, he takes his time telling his brother that he's back. When they run into each other, anger gets in the way of a happy reunion.

Sophie needs to pick up the pieces of her life after a messy divorce. She meets Jacob in a case of mistaken identity, but even that doesn't stop her from being attracted to him.

Can both of them stop running long enough to realize they belong together?
My Thoughts: I really loved this book - for the family banter, the brothers finding their way back to each other, Sophie and Jacob, and discovering where you belong. After reading the first two books, I couldn't wait to learn more about Jacob. I loved reading about his time in the armed forces and how it changed him. I liked seeing the fight from his perspective and how he handled things. I love that this small place can come to mean so much to people. I loved the way the family took care of each other and the banter between them all. I'm sad that this is the end of the trilogy, but it was a great trilogy.

Cover Thoughts: Love the background
Source: My Library
Library Recommendation: Highly recommended for all libraries

Final Thoughts: Fantastic book rounding out a trilogy of brothers, if you're a romance reader, don't miss these books. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Finding Audrey Summer Reading Blog Tour Giveaway


A New York Times Bestseller

“The Shopaholic scribe accurately weaves teenage insecurities with humor
in her heartwarming YA debut.”—US Weekly

“Your kids will love it.” —Redbook

Now available in paperback is the New York Times bestselling debut YA novel FINDING AUDREY (Ember / on sale May 3, 2016 /$9.99) from internationally bestselling author Sophie Kinsella. Kinsella, the author of such favorites as the Shopaholic series, Can You Keep a Secret?, Wedding Night, and Remember Me?, introduced readers to 14-year-old Audrey Turner, a teen in the throes of a severe social anxiety disorder after a bullying incident at school, and following her journey to rediscovering herself and her happiness. Receiving much critical acclaim from reviewers and fans, the book was hailed as “heartfelt,” “engaging,” and “relatable.” The paperback retails for $9.99 and is sure to garner a wider group of fans with this new, accessible edition.

Audrey spends most of her days hiding behind her dark sunglasses and in the safety of her own home, surrounded by her lovable but chaotic family. Interaction with non–family members has been almost impossible to master since the incident at school. But then one day Linus arrives at her house. A friend of her brother’s, Linus makes an instant connection with Audrey and starts to chip away at her exterior, exposing the girl underneath—the girl Audrey herself has been searching for. What results is a tender love story that begins as a friendship and continues in the local Starbucks, where Audrey begins to heal the wounds that have threatened to hold her captive.

Filled with poignancy and laugh-out-loud moments, FINDING AUDREY gives readers a character they can relate to and a family to embrace. Kinsella’s story tackles serious topics with humor and heart and creates the next YA couple to root for in Audrey and Linus.

I'm a huge Sophie Kinsella fan, so I was SO happy to learn about her venture in to YA books. You can read my review and what I loved about this book here.  

But I'll leave you with my final thoughts: Sophie Kinsella knocks it out of the park with her YA debut, I can't wait to see what she comes up with next. 

Sophie Kinsella is the author of the bestselling Shopaholic series and the novels Can You Keep a Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me?, Twenties Girl, I’ve Got Your Number, and Wedding Night. Confessions of a Shopaholic was turned into a Hollywood movie. She lives in England.

Reviewers praise Finding Audrey

A Publishers Weekly Summer 2015 Best YA Book
One of USA Today’s “25 Hottest Books of Summer”
One of Los Angeles Times’s “30 Summer Books That Kids Will Gobble Up”
One of Seventeen’s “New Books We
A Kirkus Reviews 2015 Best Teen Book

Check out other spots:
July 1: Live to Read
July 2: Dana Square 

WIN A Copy!
One lucky winner will win a paperback copy of the book 
(US only please)

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Summer Reading Check In

Now that summer is in full swing - how is everyone doing?

For me, I'm at a new library this summer, so I'm mostly watching and seeing how things go. The kids are having fun and that makes me thrilled.

I am thinking of ways to make things smoother and change up ideas for the older kids. I'm excited about next year's theme and have already started a Pinterest board with lots of ideas.  I think I'm most excited for the idea of weekly building challenges. 

Friday, June 24, 2016

Review: 11 Things I Promised

Frances isn't adventurous at all, but she promised her BFF that she's participate in the bike tour. She starts training late, not fully committed to the idea. But everything changes when Stella's in an accident.

Now Stella's stuck in the hospital and can't participate. She's angry and hurt and terrified of the future. Frances decides that she's going to ride in Stella's honor.

When she finds a list of ideas Stella created to make the bike ride unforgettable, Frances vows to cross off the items herself - even the ones that scare the bejesus out of her. She might need a little help to make everything happen.
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book -  I liked the slow information coming about Stella and what really happened during her accident and how it changed her. I liked how she tackled the list, how she made friends with her teammates, how she stuck with us even through the really bad moments. I liked how Frances and Stella finally talked about everything. Both characters found strength in the events that happened, they grew while apart from each other, but managed to find their way together. 

Cover Thoughts: Cute
Source; My Library
Library Recommendation: Purchase this one for the summer reading program and/or Stella's permanent injuries

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Summer Time Book Review: Best of My Love

Each summer, I love reading books that make me happy, especially a friends to lovers story.

* Book 20 in the Fool's Gold series *
Shelby wants to learn how to trust men - especially after her childhood. She thinks that if she can become friends with a man, than she could learn how to have a relationship. She think she's picked the perfect candidate in Aidan.

Aidan dates tourists - lots of tourists. He doesn't want any strings attached but when one returns and he doesn't remember her, she makes a scene. So he swears off dating for six months. When Shelby approaches him with her idea, he's not sold on it, but he realizes that something has to change. So he agrees to give it a go.

No one in town believes that they are just friends - but they are, until they're not. Could romance blossom out of friendship?

My Thoughts: I adore this series and this book was really sweet. I loved how their friendship started rocky but grew as they alternated choosing activities - alternating with boy activities and girl ones. It showcased their banter, which was fantastic. I like how they helped each other come to terms with relationships in their lives - family and friends. I loved seeing more about Shelby and the bakery and all her big plans.  And that puppy was really sweet.

Cover Thoughts: Cute
Source: My Library
Library Recommendation: YES to this whole series, it's perfect for your romance readers
Final Thoughts: Another winner in this series - sweet, funny, and perfect to read by the beach this summer.