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Review: Bounce by Noelle August

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Title: Bounce
Series: Boomerang #3
Author: Noelle August
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: 25 Aug 20145
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 3.5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

Playing the occasional club gig just isn’t cutting it for twenty-two-year-old cellist Skyler Canby, who’s trying to support herself and her mother back home in Kentucky. Persuaded by her best friend Beth to accompany her on an audition for the first feature film launched by Blackwood Entertainment, she figures why not? Beth’s a shoe-in for the lead, but maybe Skyler’s newly dyed pink hair will help her stand out enough to score a small speaking part.

Never in her wildest dreams does Skyler imagine she’ll land the lead role or that she’ll have her shoes knocked off her feet by the kiss her audition partner, Grey Blackwood, plants on her—a kiss that feels very real and not at all “acted. ”

After throwing a party that causes thousands of dollars of damage to his older brother’s home, reckless musician Grey Blackwood gets roped into working off his debt on the set of his CEO brother’s newest project. Grey spends his days fetching coffee and doing odd jobs around the studio, but he lives for nights when he performs with his band. He knows if he can stay focused, success as a singer is just around the corner. But that’s tough with a distracting pink-haired girl occupying his every waking thought.

Skyler and Grey have every reason to resist each other. But, like a song neither of them can get out of their minds, they have no choice but to go where the music takes them.

REVIEW 

Please remember this is the third book in the series and therefore, the review may contain spoilers for the previous books.

Skyler and Grey have been prominent peripheral characters within this series and I was over-joyed that not only did they get their own book but they were paired together. I am sure I am not the only person to read this series and imagine them together, they just seemed to fit despite Grey’s age.  Both talented musicians and extremely empathetic to others needs, tending to be selfless even if outward appearances would suggest otherwise in Grey’s case.

Both have emotional issues stemming from their upbringing. Grey’s barriers stem from abandonment issues via his birth mother and living in a family of over-achievers. An emotional barrier formed at the tentative age of 5 is a sizeable and deep-rooted problem to overcome. The authors do an amazing job of showing happiness is a choice within the narrative; finding something to channel your energy into and receiving fulfilment and contentment as a reward. I really loved seeing Grey’s eyes open to becoming hopeful.

Whereas, Sky has taken on a care-taker role within her family, emotionally and financially. She is utterly selfless although it borders on martyrdom at times. Initially, she is the epitome of pessimism; worrying about anything and everything while creating negative scenarios within her imagination. No wonder she struggles emotionally not having had anyone to take care of her. Although Grey is younger than Sky by a few years, he provides the level of care and attention Sky desperately needs and deserves.

The theme of identity plays an important role within Bounce delving into how we view ourselves as opposed to how we feel others view us; these contradictions within our minds can play a large part in our actions and subsequent consequences, as clearly portrayed with Grey and Sky. Realising your own worth is one of the foundation steps of making your own road to happiness.

It was a joy to see the continuation of the other characters from the previous books and follow Beth’s burgeoning relationship alongside the fireworks caused by Grey and Sky. Although I have to say I did not understand Brookes at all and am wondering if he is going to  get his own story?????

Garrett is an amazing minor character within Bounce, he adds sass to the story in an adorable camp fashion. He is sincere in his friendship with both Sky and Grey. undertaking the role of mentor and confidant with his idiosyncratic personality.

Body image issues make an ugly appearance within the narrative, as can be expected within the highly competitive and media focused world of acting. It was disturbing to discover fashion designers restrict the sizing of the clothes they manufacture aiding in the size zero culture promoted at presetn. Playing on people’s insecurities and requiring desperate measures in order to squeeze into the fashion/body image perception box that has been placed on women especially.

Although the romance is an integral part of Bounce for me it was the character development that really made the story. If you take anything away fro this remember HAPPINESS IS A CHOICE ♥

Spotlight: Fatal Beauty by Nazarea Andrews

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Note from the Author

I am so excited to bring you guys the cover of Fatal Beauty! It’s been a very long time since I was this excited about a book. Charlie and EJ showed up one day, all arrogant bitchy demands for me to write their story. And they never shut up. So I wrote it. I like writing in different genres—zombies and scifi and dystopian and fairytales, and contemporary. Even the odd mafia romance here and there.

But this—it’s like nothing I’ve ever written before. It’s dark and twisty and I love it. I hope you do too—it’s a crazy ride. 😉

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 Title: Fatal Beauty
Author: Nazarea Andrews
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enre: Adult Thriller
Release Day: October 6th 

About Fatal Beauty

Charlotte was a good girl. Sweet and innocent, a debutante with her Daddy’s credit card and a fiancée who doted on her.

She was destined for a perfect picture life in Charleston.

Until everything goes wrong.

EJ grew up with everything she could ever want, and bored as hell. Nothing surprises her and nothing ever changes, and she wants out—whatever it takes.

Getting involved with Anthony Jacobs is probably the worst idea she’s ever had—and that makes it irresistible.

Until Charlie needs her.

New Orleans. Los Angles. Vegas.

Beautiful girls who know just how to get exactly what they want.

It’s all fun and games, sexy nights and wild parties.

But you can only manipulate your way out of so much, and when their past catches up, not even a pretty fucking smile will get them out of trouble this time.

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Nazarea Andrews (N to almost everyone) is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. Which means she writes everything from zombies and dystopia to contemporary love stories. When not writing, she can most often be found driving her kids to practice and burning dinner while she reads, or binging watching TV shows on Netflix. N loves chocolate, wine, and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, spoiled cat and overgrown dog. She is the author of World Without End series, Neverland Found, Edge of the Falls, and The University of Branton Series. Stop by her twitter (@NazareaAndrews) and tell her what fantastic book she should read next.

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Books I’ve Read: Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist by Kay Marie

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Title: Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist
Series: Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist #1
Author: Kay Marie
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: May 2015
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 3/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

My name is Skylar Quinn. I just moved to New York with my best friend Bridget, and I have a confession. Well, more than one. Okay, quite a few really. Fine, here goes!

Confession #1: I’m a sex columnist. Hold on, that’s not really the confession. You see, I’m sort of a virgin…sex columnist.

Confession #2: I’m kind of in love with Bridget’s older brother, Oliver. No, I was. No, I am. Wait, was? Am? Crap.

Confession #3: I’ve been avoiding Oliver for four years. Or I was until today, because he just moved in. Yes, you read that correctly. He’s my new roommate. So that night we’ve both been pretending never happened, well, we might not be able to keep it a secret any longer.

And trust me, this is only the beginning.

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I love the cover of this one and was hoping it would be along the lines of The Virgin Romance Novelist which is so ridiculously funny I still snort whenever I think about it. Alas it was not meant to be, I think The Virgin Romance Novelist has ruined me for all books like this LOL. I feel as if I have to apologise to Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist because I entered the story with a preconceived idea of how I wanted it to be and was disappointed when it didn’t fit into the little box I had put it in.

That isn’t to say the story itself isn’t without merit. On one hand it may not contain the same level of life observation and twisted humour as The Virgin Romance Novelist BUT the main character, Skylar (Skye), is delightful socially inept and a book-worm to boot (always a good thing). Stuck with a case of unrequited love for her best friends brother, Oliver (Ollie) adds to the character dynamics within the plot. Skye is adorably clueless as to other people’s feelings for her, she constantly over-thinks things and gets stuck in her own head. Something I can completely relate to. The chapter heading each start with a small confession which feels like a direct address to the reader providing a deeper level of connection with both the story and the characters.

The plot concentrates on the relationship between Skye and Ollie; mixing in a lifetime of memories they share along with subtle references to an incident 4 years previous that wiped away all the happy times between them. The reader is left to jump to their own conclusions regarding the incident that altered their friendship for a large part of the story.

The pacing has a lovely, steady flow to it and the narrative has an ease that draws the reader in. Kay Marie cleverly weaves the jungle that is the dating world for a 20+ professional. I feel there is little hope for a 40+  singleton then 😉  I enjoyed the way in which the story played out BUT having been under the impression the story was a stand-alone, the cliffhanger at the end left me a little disheartened.

Spotlight: Life After Falling by Alyysa Rose Ivy

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About LIFE AFTER FALLING

One tangled cassette tape. Two tangled lives.

Cassidy snaps. She quits her job and fiancé all in the same day and ends up on her parents’ doorstep. In the midst of everything she is determined to fix a broken cassette tape that she thinks holds the key to rediscovering happiness.

On her quest to fix the tape she meets Leo, a guy as down on his luck as she is lost. What starts with curiosity leads to something resembling a relationship and maybe a chance at love.

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About Alyssa Rose Ivy

Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.

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Review: Together We Heal by Chelsea M Cameron

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Title: Together We Heal
Series: Fall and Rise #4
Author: Chelsea M Cameron
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 18 Aug 2015
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 3.5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

Trish Grant is not a romantic. Okay, so she may read her share of romance novels, but that doesn’t mean she thinks that some fellow with a six pack is going to ride up on a horse and sweep her (literally) off her feet. Romance like that just isn’t for her. It belongs on the page.

Max Greene noticed Trish at his cousin’s funeral, of all places. She was hard to miss with her citrus-colored hair, violet contacts and fiery attitude.

Trish is just as captivated by Max. He makes her laugh, which is rare, and it doesn’t hurt that he rocks blue hair and isn’t put off by her resting bitch face.

On the outside, their relationship seems sweet and perfect, but that’s a lie. To say that Trish’s childhood was rocky is an understatement. She’s a mess of scars and hangups and is convinced that there’s no way Max is going to stick around. He’s determined to prove to Trish that she’s a girl worth loving, flaws and all.

Will she let Max in? Or will she give up her potential fairytale to protect her already-scarred heart from further damage?

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REVIEW 

Please bear in mind this is the 4th book in the series and it may be impossible to review without spoilers to the previous books.

I love this series so much, although I have to say Zan is still my favourite ♥

Trish has been an integral part of the series from the very first book, with her funky appearance and quirky characteristics you cannot help but want to dig below the surface to uncover all of her secrets. Of which there are a number of deep, dark events alluded to within the narrative – heart breaking in their revelations. She is very guarded and emotionally withdrawn. Although her upbringing is hinted at for the majority of the story the reader is left with their very vivid imagination.

The story unfolds with a very fast paced dual narrative.

I adore Max in all his blue haired geekiness. While his personal situation isn’t as disturbing as Trish’s he isn’t without his own problems.

The support and acceptance Max and Trish give each other is wonderful to observe and fuels the desire that all relationships should contain the same level of give and take.

Adorable geekiness abounds within the narrative not just from Max and Trish but from the inclusion of all the wonderful, idiosyncratic characters Chelsea creates so well.  Again Zan is still my favourite 😉

Chelsea captures the theme of identity brilliantly; making your own way in he world, overcoming the traumas you may have encountered along the way and creating your own family from the people that fit your life the best.

The use of therapy and self-reflection played an important part within the plot and ingeniously showed just how powerful these tools are. Although I am truly awful at writing anything to so with self-reflection, I tend to be very introspective but highly critical of myself which does not bode well for documentation :) Although I like to think I am self-aware. I also liked the inclusion of negativity breeding negativity, thinking positive is a lifestyle choice :)

The ongoing development of the other characters from the previous books played a huge part in Together We Heal and I have to say some events took me a little by surprise. Yet added to the overall feeling of family and contentment within the story. I love the way in which they all come together, the Friends reference within the narrative certainly fits these guys. I cannot wait to see what he future holds for all of them – I would love a book of short stories for each of the couples set 10 years in the future ♥