Month: August 2018

Hot Pursuit by Kay Marie Book Excerpt | Blog Tour (+ Giveaway)

Posted August 29, 2018 by Jana in Blog Tour, Book Excerpt, Giveaway / 2 Comments

Hot Pursuit by Kay Marie Book Excerpt | Blog Tour (+ Giveaway)

Welcome to my stop along the blog tour for Kay Marie’s Hot Pursuit, hosted by Xpresso Book Tours! I’m excited to share an excerpt of the book with you today to get you even more excited to read Hot Pursuit, which has been marketed as “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days meets White Collar”. Read more about the book below and make sure you enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card!


Excerpt of Hot Pursuit by Kay Marie

He didn’t want to notice the perfect O her plush lips made as she said her name, but he couldn’t control it…or the immediate reaction his body had at the sight. Nate froze, jaw clenching as he fought to control the blood rush coursing to a very distinct place.

Jo leaned closer, tightening her grip.

His gaze darted to those jade eyes staring up at him, vibrant and sparkling with hidden mirth. He’d always had a weakness for green eyes. And women in barely there red bikinis…

He jerked back, shaking free of her hold.

Jo folded her lips together for a moment, holding back a smile, then licked them slowly. A single brow arched. “You have a name?”

Nate frowned, cleared his tight throat, and nudged his chin in the direction of her jet ski. “I said good day, Miss Carter.”

“No fun,” she sighed with a pout, then smirked. “You know I can find out if I want to, right?”

She can’t seriously be… Nate shook off the thought and pushed his brows together in question. “You wouldn’t be implying what I think you’re implying, would you?”

Her smile widened with an unspoken challenge. “What if I am?”

Nate straightened his spine and crossed his arms over his chest, funneling his disbelief into a stern, scolding expression instead. “Breaking into a government database is a federal crime,” he said calmly, the edge of a threat laced through his tone. “Class B felony, punishable by up to twenty years in prison.”

The flames in the centers of her eyes brightened. “Only if you get caught.”

Unbelievable…she’s unbelievable.

No shame.

No remorse.

No…no…

“Can I tell you a secret, Miss Carter?” Nate murmured, not really sure why he was playing along, but the words tumbled from his lips before he could stop them. Her eager expression intensified. An almost childlike sense of wonder was etched into the grooves of her face as she nodded. He leaned in, just to prove to himself that he could, and forced his rebellious pulse to remain even. Her auburn hair tickled his face as he pressed his lips close enough to feel the heat of her sun-kissed skin. Something in his chest hitched, but he didn’t back down. “Eventually, you always get caught.”

She sucked in a breath. He leaned back just enough to stare into her eyes, not at all liking the defiant golden sparkles dancing at the centers of her irises, flickering like sunshine through a dark forest, brilliant and burning.

The air between them was tense.

A silent battle of wills.

Neither backing down.

Both fighting for the win.

She opened her mouth to speak, drawing his gaze, and—

Static cracked loudly over the two-way radio.

“Parker, Alvarez, do you copy? Are you there? Satellite feed says Carter should be in sight momentarily.”

Nate snapped upright.

Jo didn’t move except to perk one corner of her plush lips, watching him unflinchingly, victory simmering in her eyes.

“Parker, are you there? Do you copy?”

She turned her head toward the sound and shrugged. “You going to get that?”

Nate took a slow step back, eyes never leaving her for a second. His gun was four feet behind, resting next to Leo’s on the control panel. But his phone was on the table, along with his notes. All within reach of her thieving hands.

A pulse of static coursed through the radio again.

Nate lunged for it. Pressing the button to speak, he kept a laser focus on Jolene Carter, trouble personified. “Here, Boss.”

“Parker, do you see Carter?”

A small smile danced across her lips as she mouthed, Parker.


Hot Pursuit by Kay Marie
Series: To Catch a Thief #1
Self-published on August 27, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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All Jolene Carter has ever wanted is to own a bakery of her own. There’s only one problem. Her father, Robert Carter, is a world-renowned art thief and she’s, well, sort of his protégé. But he’s promised her that this next job in New York will be their last, and she won’t let anyone get in the way of her dreams…especially not the distractingly delicious FBI agent hot on her tail.

Agent Nate Parker has been on the Robert Carter case for years, and if the rumors of the aging criminal’s retirement are true, this might be his last chance to nail him. With the legacy of his late father in the back of his mind, the stakes are more personal than anyone realizes. He won’t let anything stand in the way of justice…especially not the red-headed vixen who keeps giving him the slip.

He’s a cop who’d never bend. She’s a con who’ll never break. But all’s fair in love and larceny…


About Kay Marie

Kaitlyn Davis, a bestselling author with over a quarter of a million books sold, writes young adult fantasy novels under the name Kaitlyn Davis and contemporary romance novels under the name Kay Marie. Publishers Weekly has said, “Davis writes with confidence and poise,” while USA Today has recommended her work as “must-read romance.”

Always blessed with an overactive imagination, Kaitlyn has been writing ever since she picked up her first crayon and is overjoyed to share her work with the world. When she’s not daydreaming, typing stories, or getting lost in fictional worlds, Kaitlyn can be found playing fetch with her puppy, watching a little too much television, or spending time with her family. If you have any questions for her–about her books, about scheduling an event, or just in general–you may contact her at: KaitlynDavisBooks@gmail.com

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Top Ten Books With School Supplies On the Cover

Posted August 27, 2018 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 26 Comments

Today’s topic is a back-to-school, learning freebie! I teach in an elementary school, and we started back last Monday. The first week was chaos, as it always is, and today I danced in front of an entire school full of kids for a back-to-school assembly.

Anyway, I’m obsessed with school supplies. When the back-to-school sections start popping up at Target I get all excited. It’s so fun to walk down the rows and look at all the fun pens, notebooks, and art supplies. I want to buy it all! So I’m going to share with you book covers that feature school supplies. I’ve read a few of these books, but most of them are still on my TBR (I put asterisks by the ones I’ve read)! That’s part of the fun for me, and a cool way to feature new books rather than a handful of the same titles each week.

 

By Your Side by Kasie West*
A Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody*
Geek Magnet by Kieran Scott
Neurotica by Eliza Gordon
Holly Freakin’ Hughes by Kelsey Kingsley
Paper Hearts by Ali Novak
Paper Towns by John Green
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

What topic did you choose for this week’s
back-to-school freebie prompt?


Waiting on Wednesday: As She Ascends by Jodi Meadows

Posted August 22, 2018 by Jana in Book Spotlight / 3 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday is the baby of Jill at Breaking the Spine, which I participate in every once in a while. This fun feature allows us to showcase upcoming book releases that we’re excited to read! This week I’m sharing my excitement for As She Ascends by Jodi Meadows, book #2 of The Fallen Isles trilogy. These books are about dragons and greatness and a heroine who fights against obstacles in her way, be them physical or mental. I read and really enjoyed Before She Ignites last year, and can’t wait for As She Ascends‘s release!

As She Ascends by Jodi Meadows
Series: Fallen Isles Trilogy Book #2
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on September 11, 2018
Genres: Young Adult – Fantasy, Romance
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MIRA, THE HOPEBEARER
Mira Minkoba is on the run with her friends after a fiery escape from the Pit, where she’d been imprisoned for defending the dragons she loves. And she wants answers. Where have all the dragons been taken? Why are powerful noorestones being shipped to the mainland? And did the treaty she’s been defending her whole life truly sell out the Fallen Isles to their enemies?

MIRA, THE DRAGONHEARTED
As her connection to the dragons—and their power—grows stronger, so does Mira’s fear that she might lose control and hurt someone she loves. But the only way to find the truth is to go home again, to Damina, to face the people who betrayed her and the parents she’s not sure she can trust.

Home, where she must rise above her fears. Or be consumed.

There’s an exciting pre-order campaign going on right now, so there’s really no excuse to not get reading this series!

Have you read Before She Ignites? What did you think? If you haven’t, do you want to?


Top Ten Books to Pull You Out of a Reading Slump

Posted August 20, 2018 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 23 Comments

The dreaded reading slump. We’ve all been there. Now, this isn’t a hangover. A book hangover is the sick feelings you get when you think about picking up another book after the crazy amazing one you just read. Eventually you move on and the hangover passes and you’re fine. But when it never passes and you can’t find anything to read that you’re even remotely interested in… and the books you’ve been soooo excited about sit on your shelf collecting dust even though you so wish you could be reading them. If you want to be reading, but are completely incapable of doing so and enjoying it, then you know you’re in a reading slump. You probably look like this:

These slumps can last a LONG time. I think my longest one lasted for a year, and I almost died. It’s a very serious matter. When this happens, you need an amazing book that you just can’t help but love. A book that is not too complicated, and grabs you from the very first page. Hopefully today’s prompt can help the silent sufferers out there. We’ve got you.

Top Ten Books to Pull You Out of a Reading Slump

1. A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas
Sometimes you need to travel to a really magical world. Be careful with these… A Court of Thorns and Roses was the reason I fell into a reading slump that lasted a year. But oh my, it was amazing. And A Court of Mist and Fury is even better. But seriously, BE CAREFUL.

2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Maybe you need the magic of young love in the city of light. This book is pure joy. It’s light and fun and there’s a cute Parisian boy.

3. The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron
A change of pace can often help. This book is just so different from my typical reads that it totally enthralled me. The writing and the atmosphere are captivating. I highly recommend listening to the audio. It’s perfect.

4. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Do you need to remember how to love words again? This book will make it happen.

5. The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas
My reading slumps frequently have me turning to TV instead. Reading a book spin-off of a favorite TV show is the perfect way to get you back to your regular reading ways. Plus, this Veronica Mars mystery was awesome.

6. Stolen: A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher
Maybe you need to feel uncomfortable. This book is so wrong, and it makes you feel all kinds of weird things. Like sympathy for the sick-in-the-head psycho guy. I flew through this and was at the edge of my seat the entire time.

7. Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan
Sometimes you just need a crazy mystery that grabs hold of you and leaves you with no choice but to read and discover what’s going on.

8. Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare
Or MAYBE you need a really swoony historical romance that takes you away from this life.

9. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Perhaps falling in love with a sparkly vampire is all you need. This book reawakened my love of books after being dormant for over a decade, so… epic reading slump crusher.

10. Your favorite book.
Sometimes an old friend is all you need when nothing else is working for you. Re-reads are good for the soul.

What’s a book you guarantee is a reading slump crusher?


A.J. Pine’s Summer Reading Recs | Forever Summer Reading Blog Event (+ Giveaway)

Posted August 15, 2018 by Jana in Blog Tour, Book Spotlight, Giveaway, Guest Post / 0 Comments

A.J. Pine’s Summer Reading Recs | Forever Summer Reading Blog Event (+ Giveaway)

A.J. Pine’s Summer Reading Recs

During the months of the school year, I’m a high school librarian. I’m also a mom of two fabulous kiddos. Add writing into that, and you probably wonder where I find time to read. The answer? Audio books! I get to “read” while doing other things like driving…or less enjoyable activities such as laundry, emptying the dishwasher, or blow drying my hair (yay earbuds!). Also, I just plain love audio books, so here are a few of my recent listens that you should definitely add to your audio list!

  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng: I read this book for my summer book club, and it blew me away. I could talk about this book for days—and have. There’s so much to discuss, and I can’t do it justice without spoiling it, but what a fascinating exploration of self vs. projected image we let others see; of how parents see their children and vice versa; of how prejudice can so easily blind someone to the truth; and of what it truly means to be a mother.
  • Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton: Dual timelines, dual narrators, forbidden love, exile from Cuba, family secrets—this book has so muchAnd that cover??? STUNNING. A must read!
  • It Happened on Love Street by Lia Riley: I’m a sucker for small town romance. And men who are good with animals. So a southern veterinarian hero and a heroine who is—shall we say—dog averse? Puh-lease. You had me at Rhett Valentine and Pepper Knight.
  • Burning Up by Jennifer Blackwood: Sometimes I just need a good romcom, and Jennifer Blackwood’s humor always has me legit laughing out loud. As an educator myself, I love a strong school teacher heroine. And I mentioned before my penchant for men and their dogs. Even sexier—a man who’s a good dad. Did I also mention he’s a firefighter?
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi: I just started listening to this one but know it’s going to be spectacular. Bahni Turpin is one of my favorite audio book narrators, plus the story has fantasy, magic, and romance yet also a storyline that deals very much with the reality of the world we live in. I’m sure I’ll be flailing about this one on social media when I’m done!

 

A librarian for teens by day and a romance writer by night, A.J. Pine can’t seem to escape the world of fiction, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. For more on A.J. and her books, please visit AJPine.com.

 

 


Tough Luck Cowboy by A.J. Pine
Book #2 in the Crossroads Ranch series
Published by Forever on August 28, 2018
Genres: Adult – Contemporary, Romance

The only girl he ever wanted was the one he could never have.

What’s the saying, bad luck comes in threes? If so, Lily Green is due for something good. First, her divorce is finalized—on her birthday, no less. Then the first job she lands for her catering company turns out to be for her ex-husband’s wedding. To top it off, she’s stuck working the event with Luke Everett, the sexy-as-hell best man who’s never been able to stand her. When can a girl catch a break?

For years, Luke has kept his feelings for Lily safely hidden. Hitting on his best friend’s ex-wife would definitely break the cowboy code of honor. But ever since an injury sidelined his rodeo riding, the two of them keep getting thrown together. It’s only a matter of time until his true feelings come to light. When that happens, it will either be the biggest mistake of his life, or a sign that his luck is about to change.

 


Ten of My Favorite Bookish Websites

Posted August 13, 2018 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 25 Comments

This week’s topic isn’t book-related, but it’s definitely bookish! I thought it would be fun to share our favorite book blogs and/or bookish websites (besides Goodreads because duh…) because I know I’d love to find some more blogs to add to my reader and great bookish resources to bookmark.

1. What Should I Read Next?
This fun website has you entire the title of a book you loved. The website analyzes your pick and then spits out the title of another book you’ll probably love, too.

2. BookBub
How would you like an email of free and discounted ebooks sent to you everyday? You even get to choose the genres you love.

3. Hoopla
Check out digital books, audibooks, and music with your library card (provided your library participates)!

4. Off the Shelf
If you love Top Ten Tuesday, you’ll love this place. Sooooo many bookish lists!

5. Omnivoracious
Amazon’s book review.

6. BookRiot
An awesome blog for bookish news, reviews, and merchandise.

7. Epic Reads
HarperTeen’s community and blog for young adult book lovers. They post some really fun stuf like infographics and book quizzes.

8. The Literary Gift Company
All the bookish things we need to own!

9. Hot Dudes Reading
Ok, it’s not a site… It’s an Instagram account. But I honestly think it should count in this situation.

10. The Literary Cat
It’s a Tumblr devoted to pictures of cats and books! What’s not to love?

What are some of your favorite bookish blogs and websites?


Author Interview with Sara Raasch | These Rebel Waves Blog Tour

Posted August 6, 2018 by Jana in Author Interview, Blog Tour / 4 Comments

Author Interview with Sara Raasch | These Rebel Waves Blog Tour

Welcome to The FFBC’s blog tour of Sara Raasch’s These Rebel Waves! As one of the brand new co-owners of The Fantastic Flying Book Club, I get the exciting privilege of hosting Sara’s welcome interview here on my blog! It’s a day late, but oh well! We’ve had some craziness going on over at The FFBC with life stuff and me being added to the team only recently, so we’re still ironing things out. Without further ado, here’s Sarah!


Interview with Sara Raasch

Hello Sara! We are super excited to talk to you about THESE REBEL WAVES and to have you on tour with us 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

1. Favorite Book?
At the moment? Such a mean question! But I always love PRINCE’S GAMBIT by CS Pacat, the second out of her Captive Prince trilogy. It’s…well, let’s just say yummy and surprising. 

2. Favorite TV show?
Parks & Rec! I could rewatch it forever. 

3. Favorite movie?
I rewatch the Shrek movies an embarrassing amount. 

4. Favorite Song?
Welcome to the Black Parade by My Chemical Romance – I listened to it nonstop while writing THESE REBEL WAVES! 

5. Favorite Food?
Dark chocolate. 

6. Name 3 fictional places you would move to in a heartbeat.
Sharon Shinn’s Gillengaria from her Twelve Houses series; also, her country of Welce in her Elemental Blessings series (basically any world Sharon Shinn has created); and the world of Warehouse 13 from the Syfy show 

7. What were your favorite books growing up?
I LOVED the Felicity the American girl series. All of my earliest writings were inspired by Revolutionary War America/Felicity. 

8. Favorite Quote?
“Keep Moving Forward,” by Walt Disney. 

9. What do you find yourself “fangirling” over?
Captive Prince by CS Pacat. Avatar: The Last Airbender. ZUTARA. 

10. Name a recent book you read that you would recommend to our YA fans?
SEAFIRE by Natalie C Parker! Futuristic female pirates? SO GOOD! 

ABOUT THE BOOK: 

1. Could you tell our Book Addicts a little bit about THESE REBEL WAVES?
THESE REBEL WAVES is a YA fantasy inspired by the Golden Age of Piracy and the Spanish Inquistion. It takes place on the fictional island of Grace Loray as well as the country that used to own said island, Argrid. There’s botanical magic and post-war struggles and politics and romance. 

2. Do you have any fave books/movies/tv shows that feature pirates?
I just barely started Black Sails—it’s so intense! The actors are AMAZING too. I’m also in love with Natalie C Parker’s SEAFIRE, another YA fantasy about pirates coming out this August! 

3. What 3 hashtags would you most associate with your book series? (Could be a word or phrase or anything that would instantly make you think of THESE REBEL WAVES).
#rebels #raiders #revolution 

4. Tell us your favorite quote from THESE REBEL WAVES.
It’s a funny line between Vex (the pirate character) and Lu (the ex-soldier girl) where she’s been constantly correcting what Vex calls her, and he finally snaps. 

 He beamed at her. “Wicked princesa.” 

“Politician.” 

“I don’t know why you keep bragging about that.” 

5. Is there a specific scene that you had the most fun to write?  Or which part was the most difficult to get through?
Every scene between Lu and Vex was so much fun! They banter nonstop, and pick at each other, and it’s just hysterical. Ben’s scenes were always difficult to write because he’s hiding so much from everyone around him that it made it difficult for me to get at the root of his motivations.  

6. If you had to pick one song to be the Theme Song for THESE REBEL WAVES– Which one would you pick?
Welcome to the Black Parade by My Chemical Romance. I have a whole music video planned in my head! 

7. Are there any recommendations you could give your readers to be in the “perfect mood” to read THESE REBEL WAVES (specific music, snacks…)? 
Preferably sit in a lush garden, humidity thick on the air, surrounded by the smell of greenery and dirt and maybe, just maybe, a hint of magic. 

8. What’s next for you? 
The sequel to THESE REBEL WAVES comes out next summer, and I have a few other projects lined up that I can’t talk about yet. But hopefully I can share soon! 

Thank you so much for everything, Sara! 

Thank YOU! This was such fun!! 


These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch
Series: Stream Raiders #1
Published by Blazer + Bray on August 7, 2018
Genres: Young Adult – Fantasy
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Adeluna is a soldier. Five years ago, she helped the magic-rich island of Grace Loray overthrow its oppressor, Argrid, a country ruled by religion. But adjusting to postwar life has not been easy. When an Argridian delegate vanishes during peace talks with Grace Loray’s new Council, Argrid demands brutal justice—but Lu suspects something more dangerous is at work.

Devereux is a pirate. As one of the outlaws called stream raiders who run rampant on Grace Loray, he pirates the island’s magic plants and sells them on the black market. But after Argrid accuses raiders of the diplomat’s abduction, Vex becomes a target. An expert navigator, he agrees to help Lu find the Argridian—but the truth they uncover could be deadlier than any war.

Benat is a heretic. The crown prince of Argrid, he harbors a secret obsession with Grace Loray’s forbidden magic. When Ben’s father, the king, gives him the shocking task of reversing Argrid’s fear of magic, Ben has to decide if one prince can change a devout country—or if he’s building his own pyre.

As conspiracies arise, Lu, Vex, and Ben will have to decide who they really are . . . and what they are willing to become for peace.


Sara Raasch has known she was destined for bookish things since the age of five, when her friends had a lemonade stand and she tagged along to sell her hand-drawn picture books too. Not much has changed since then — her friends still cock concerned eyebrows when she attempts to draw things and her enthusiasm for the written word still drives her to extreme measures. Her debut YA fantasy, SNOW LIKE ASHES, the first in a trilogy, came out October 14, 2014 from Balzer + Bray. It does not feature her hand-drawn pictures.

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Top Ten Tuesday Link-Up: August 6, 2018

Posted August 6, 2018 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 12 Comments

This week’s topic was submitted by Rissi at Finding Wonderland, and is “Books You’d Mash Together (pick two books you think would make an epic story if combined)”! Which books would you love to smush together and read the resulting story? Or maybe you don’t want to mash-up the entire story, just certain elements or characters? Maybe you loved the world in one book and the characters in another and want to put the best of both books together. Whatever the case may be, I’m excited to see which books you’d like to mash together this week!

Unfortunately, life got ahead of me and I was unable to put enough time and thought into this topic, which is a whole lot harder than I thought it would be! I’m sorry! I promised myself I’d never let this happen! I am, however, posting the Linky so that you can still link-up and bounce around to other blogs.

Tell me some of your book mash-ups in the comments!
Also, tell me how you balance real life with blogging life because I got so behind this week!


Dance of Thieves Mood Board | Blog Tour

Posted August 6, 2018 by Jana in Blog Tour, Mood Board / 1 Comment

Dance of Thieves Mood Board | Blog Tour

I’m delighted to be on the official blog tour for Mary E. Pearson’s Dance of Thieves, hosted by Macmillan! I LOVE Mary, and I love Mary’s books, and this next journey to the world of the Remnant Chronicles is not to be missed! You can expect the same beautiful writing, lovable characters, and lyrical descriptions that Mary has always provided her readers. My tour stop today features my mood board for Dance of Thieves. I selected each picture for a very specific reason. Those who have read it will understand why, and hopefully it pushes others to read it as soon as it comes out tomorrow!


My Dance of Thieves Mood Board


Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson
Series: Dance of thieves #1
Published by Henry Holt & Company on August 7, 2018
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A new novel in the New York Times–bestselling Remnant Chronicles universe, in which a reformed thief and the young leader of an outlaw dynasty lock wits in a battle that may cost them their lives—and their hearts.

When the patriarch of the Ballenger empire dies, his son, Jase, becomes its new leader. Even nearby kingdoms bow to the strength of this outlaw family, who have always governed by their own rules. But a new era looms on the horizon, set in motion by a young queen, which makes her the target of the dynasty’s resentment and anger.

At the same time, Kazi, a legendary former street thief, is sent by the queen to investigate transgressions against the new settlements. When Kazi arrives in the forbidding land of the Ballengers, she learns that there is more to Jase than she thought. As unexpected events spiral out of their control, bringing them intimately together, they continue to play a cat and mouse game of false moves and motives in order to fulfill their own secret missions.


About Mary E. Pearson

Mary E. Pearson is the NYT bestselling and award-winning author of eleven YA novels and one novella. Her works include the completed trilogy, The Remnant Chronicles, which in a starred review, Publisher’s Weekly called “masterfully crafted.” Her favorite activities as a child were climbing tall trees imagining she was a hero in some fantastical world, or running along fence tops and roofs pretending she was a spy with a bagful of amazing gadgets. She was rarely herself. Amazingly, she never broke a bone until she caught a basketball in gym class. Catching real balls was not her forte. These days she continues to live in make-believe worlds she creates in her books. Her latest 2-book series, Dance of Thieves, allows her do all kinds of dangerous things without breaking any bones. So far.

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Have you read The Remnant Chronicles? If not, you should!
If you have, are you excited to revisit this world in Dance of Thieves?
(It’s not mandatory that you read The Remnant Chronicles trilogy to enjoy this book, but you’ll enjoy it more if you do!)


Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren | Book Review

Posted August 2, 2018 by Jana in Book Review, New Adult / 3 Comments

Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren | Book ReviewJosh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
Published by Gallery Books on September 4, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: From the publisher through Edelweiss
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4 Stars
Hazel Camille Bradford knows she’s a lot to take—and frankly, most men aren’t up to the challenge. If her army of pets and thrill for the absurd don’t send them running, her lack of filter means she’ll say exactly the wrong thing in a delicate moment. Their loss. She’s a good soul in search of honest fun.

Josh Im has known Hazel since college, where her zany playfulness proved completely incompatible with his mellow restraint. From the first night they met—when she gracelessly threw up on his shoes—to when she sent him an unintelligible email while in a post-surgical haze, Josh has always thought of Hazel more as a spectacle than a peer. But now, ten years later, after a cheating girlfriend has turned his life upside down, going out with Hazel is a breath of fresh air.

Not that Josh and Hazel date. At least, not each other. Because setting each other up on progressively terrible double blind dates means there’s nothing between them...right?

After reading and enjoying Roomies earlier this year, I was excited to jump into another Christina Lauren book! I loved the characters that this author duo created in that story, and I hoped that they would deliver another wonderful group for me to fall in love with. I wasn’t disappointed in the least! As always, my main points are bolded.

1. I’m just going to jump right in here and say that I LOVE Hazel. She’s hilarious and bubbly and eccentric and full of life. She’s exactly the kind of wild, uninhibited, self-confident person I wish I was. She dances through life and if you can’t handle her, she doesn’t even care. She doesn’t even notice. She reminded me so much of Jessica Day from New Girl that I was actually picturing Jess the entire time. She loves animals, she’s a school teacher, she has so much energy, and she makes everyone who knows her happy. I SO need a friend like her in my life.

2. I loved Josh as well. He is the sweetest, most caring best friend a girl could ask for. He tolerates Hazel until she worms her way into his very soul, and then he’s 100% the devoted and loving best friend. Can I have a Josh in my life as well? He’s seriously the cutest. He’s all order and organized. I loved how warm and open and accepting he was of Hazel’s eccentricities. He makes her feel perfect, and every girl should feel that way.

3. These two are so perfect together. She decides she wants to be his best friend, so she makes it happen whether he wants it or not. They end up with this very flirty, witty, tender friendship that is just so unique and special. Their whole “not dating” thing works for a while as they set each other up on blind dates for their double date nights, but then they end up having more fun with each other than they do with their actual dates. Josh lets Hazel live with him when her apartment floods and internally gripes over her messiness, but secretly loves it at the same time. Her dog ADORES him. They have inside jokes and cute pet names (Josh is Korean and his real name is Jimin, so she calls him Jiminy and other silly things. He calls her Haze, which is adorable.). It’s just such a perfect combination of two completely different people.

4. I really love the best-friends-turned-lovers trope, and this romance was particularly swoony and sweet, with some interesting twists and turns. Neither wants to ruin their friendship with possible unrequited feelings, so that underlying tension creates so much depth and interest.

All in all, I loved this story! I loved the characters and the sweet romance. There’s so many other gems in this story as well, including a few crazy awkward college moments between Josh and Hazel before their reunion years later at a party, and some yummy-sounding Korean food. I highly recommend this Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating to anyone looking for a cute rom-com with a lot of depth and feeling below the surface.

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