The Billionaire Bachelor by Jessica Lemmon — 'You may kiss the 'fake' bride'.

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The Billionaire Bachelor (Billionaire Bad Boys #1)
by Jessica Lemmon (Goodreads, Twitter, Website)
Published by Forever on June 28th, 2016
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Chick Lit
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Manwhore. That's what the board of directors-and the tabloids-thinks of billionaire bachelor Reese Crane. Ordinarily he couldn't care less, but his playboy past is preventing the board from naming him CEO of Crane Hotels. Nothing-and no one-will keep him from his life's legacy. They want a settled man to lead the company? Then that's exactly what he'll give them.

Merina Van Heusen will do anything to get her parents' funky boutique hotel back-even marry cold-as-ice-but-sexy-as-hell Reese Crane. It's a simple business contract-six months of marriage, absolute secrecy, and the Van Heusen is all hers again. But when sparks fly between them, their passion quickly moves from the boardroom to the bedroom. And soon Merina is living her worst nightmare: falling in love with her husband...

I'm back, my lovely fellow mischievous readers! Excuse my current review style, I'm a little out of my element. I haven't been back on the blog for three months, so I'm currently struggling with creative writing. I've been writing news summaries all day at work, so I'm going to need to work on lengthy descriptions once again.

When did I ever doubt Jessica Lemmon? NEVER. I can absolutely vouch her writing gets better and better with every release.

Whenever I'm in need of a book with the perfect balance of swoon and ache, Jessica Lemmon is the key.

The Second Chance series author brings the bad boys back in motion; billionaire bachelor edition. Brooding billionaire (think Oliver Queen!) meets passionate and tough as nails heroine and go through one of the best romance tropes ever: fake relationships or in this case, marriage. Reese Crane needs to be CEO, but his manwhore reputation isn't exactly the x-factor his father's company board is looking for. Enter Merina Van Heusen--hurt after her parents sold their beloved Van Heusen hotel to the multi-millionaire hotelier Cranes without her knowledge. Reese has a plan, but he'll need Merina's full co-operation if she wants her family hotel back.

Oh gosh. Lemmon's writing is outstanding as ever—characters, plot and all. I adore Reese's brooding yet flirtatious persona. Strong, and stoic, but a broken hero—a perfect complement to Merina's spirited nature, which I commend the most. Merina is a character who wears her heart on her sleeve but in the typical naive manner, a Lemmon trademark. But don't be fooled. This isn't the rich guy falls for poor girl romance. Merina is a confident, no holds barred business woman—sassy, sexy and passionate. Everything I look for in a heroine.

JL's characters complemented each other, bouncing from flawed to flawlessly perfect when together. I can absolutely argue Reese and Merina are the best couple she's ever written. It's a unique frenemies to lovers romance, featuring hilarious banters and a sh*t ton of eye f*cking. Their romance is incredibly spicy, steamy and oozing with the perfect chemistry. Their relationship—extremely flawed, stemming from a business agreement all for the sake of convenience, but blooms into something raw and tender as past secrets begin exposure. The pacing? Just right. It's the perfect balance of a slow burn and an explosive romance.

Let's not forget how this romance author inserts the most perfect supporting characters aka the Cranes brothers, the next in the Billionaire Bad Boys series. I'm stoked, I tell ya! Lemmon's works are addicting, I always fall in love with every single couple. I'm excited for the next thing this series will bring. Tag Crane, I'm coming for you next.

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Mosquitoland by David Arnold — Odd One Out!

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Mosquitoland
by David Arnold (Goodreads, Twitter, Website)
Published by Headline on March 3rd, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
Edition: Paperback (368 pages)
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"I am a collection of oddities, a circus of neurons and electrons: my heart is the ringmaster, my soul is the trapeze artist, and the world is my audience. It sounds strange because it is, and it is, because I am strange."

After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim Malone is dragged from her home in northern Ohio to the "wastelands" of Mississippi, where she lives in a medicated milieu with her dad and new stepmom. Before the dust has a chance to settle, she learns her mother is sick back in Cleveland.

So she ditches her new life and hops aboard a northbound Greyhound bus to her real home and her real mother, meeting a quirky cast of fellow travelers along the way. But when her thousand-mile journey takes a few turns she could never see coming, Mim must confront her own demons, redefining her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane.

Told in an unforgettable, kaleidoscopic voice, "Mosquitoland" is a modern American odyssey, as hilarious as it is heartbreaking.

Realistic fiction isn't something I regularly pick up, and frankly speaking, I've only read a few, and with just a small number of those added in the 'double thumbs up' pile. My last realistic fiction read, Underwater, depicted a story of a young girl with mental illness. Mosquitoland (although follows the same prospect of a teenager suffering from mental illness) is a lot different. First and foremost, Mim, the main character of David Arnold's coming of age novel, suffers from schizophrenia, but it isn't entirely the highlight of the novel.

Mosquitoland follows Mary Iris Malone, or rather, 'Mim' as she travels alone all the way to Cleveland to see her sick mother. At first glance, Mim sounds like any regular young adult character--a rebellious teenager with anger management issues but there's more depth to her character as a brave soul, which I enjoyed the most, particularly her eccentricities and weirdly hilarious quirks featuring her unapologetic dry humor.

At the beginning, Mim writes a letter to an 'Isabel'. Who she is, no one has a clue but subtle clues pop up randomly as we take a trip with Mim starting from her first board on the Greyhound bus, along with other particularly eccentric characters—from the hippie lady to the creepy poncho man and a incredibly attractive lad with a rockabilly swagger plus an adorable little fella.

Mosquitoland is a roller coaster ride and a burst of realistic yet whimsical adventures, revolving from past to present—perfectly woven through Arnold's writing. There's a short romantic twist involved, which feeds my hungry romantic soul (thank you, David Arnold), which is a perfect addition to balance out the incredible character growth in our young girl, Mim.

This book fueled by love for realistic fiction, with its beauty and hilarious oddity is surely something that will keep you turning page after page. It's of quirky and brilliant nature and will never keep you bored, because honestly, I love adventure I've got four words for you: Pick. This. Up. Now.

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The Distance From A to Z by Natalie Blitt — Enchanté!

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The Distance From A to Z
by Natalie Blitt (Goodreads, Twitter, Website)
Published by Epic Reads Impulse  on January 12th, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Edition: e-Book (352 pages)
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This full-length novel by debut author Natalie Blitt is a pitch-perfect blend of Stephanie Perkins and Miranda Kenneally that proves the age-old adage: opposites attract.

Seventeen-year old Abby has only one goal for her summer: to make sure she is fluent in French—well, that, and to get as far away from baseball and her Cubs-obsessed family as possible. A summer of culture and language, with no sports in sight.

That turns out to be impossible, though, because her French partner is the exact kind of boy she was hoping to avoid. Eight weeks. 120 hours of class. 80 hours of conversation practice with someone who seems to exclusively wear baseball caps and jerseys.

But Zeke in French is a different person than Zeke in English. And Abby can’t help but fall for him, hard. As Abby begins to suspect that Zeke is hiding something, she has to decide if bridging the gap between the distance between who she is and who he is, is worth the risk.

I've finally found a book to get me out of a reading slump, and this is it! If you're a big fan of Stephanie Perkins' Anna and the French Kiss series, or Jenn Bennett's The Anatomical Shape of a Heart or just basically a big sucker for adorable fluffy romance, then this Natalie Blitt debut novel is what you should pick up next on your 'to be read' list.

This book blew me away. Well, no, that's a little extreme, but as someone who's very picky when it comes to Young Adult Contemporary novels (and debut novels), The Distance From A to Z surely knocked me off the wagon and exceeded my expectations.

Blitt's writing is incredible. It's fun and refreshing, filled with witty dialogue and coupled with a romantic twist au francias—definitely out of the ordinary. Her characters are also wonderfully created and undeniably realistic with a tinge of awkward and quirky.

We follow Abby and Zeke at a French summer program at a college where they're practically fetuses as high school seniors surrounded by quasi grown ups in the form of frat boys and high on caffeine undergraduates; and as the only two high schoolers in the class, they're forced to be partners. Basically a teenage romcom with non-stop french conversations, baseball trivia and x-rated French films (woops).

Abby is a French enthusiast and is incredibly in love with its culture. She's an inspiring character who learnt to speak a foreign language through her own means and dreams to one day step foot in the land of immense culture and romance. Funnily enough, she has a hilarious dislike towards anything sports, particularly baseball, which got a tad annoying a few times. Though, imagine growing up in a household which screamed the sport from every single nook and cranny, I'd obviously be sick of the thing. Leaving home for this summer program was a literally a breath of fresh air for Abby. No sports, no baseball, everything French aka Paradise. But her sanctuary of peace gets ruined once she meets her summer partner.

Zeke, on the other hand, looks like your typical jock teenager. He's smooth and suave, and a total looker. He's that cute boy with the nice hair and the backwards hat and regularly clad in baseball team shirts; and Abby's French class partner, much to her luck. But don't let the jock-boy tendencies fool you because this lad here is another dedicated French enthusiast and an incredibly charming persona.

Their romance is one of the best I've read in YA books. It's an entertaining slow burn, from a friendship filled with clever banter and a whole lot of flirty-flirt which bloomed to a no holds barred romance. While these two didn't instantly click as friends at the beginning, they exuded amazing chemistry and will make you feel giddy with every turn of a page.

And while the romance was one of my favorites, another thumbs up to Blitt's ingenuity in her writing style was the way she smoothly wove a foreign language into the story, with Zeke and Abby speaking in French about 80% of the time. Don't be confused—the story isn't written in french, but rather coupled with quite a number of phrases patterned into their conversations with English translations, and never did I get confused at all.

The Distance From A to Z is a wonderfully captivating read and will surely keep you hooked until the very end. This book will make you swoon and fill you with butterflies. If you haven't read this book, then what are you waiting for? Get rid of that terrible reading slump with this beaut and get reading!

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Arrows by Melissa Gorzelanczyk — A Valentine Blog Tour!

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HAPPY POST-VALENTINES DAY, MY LOVELIES!

I hope you all had a great valentines! I did have a great time because it was my best friend's birthday. Yep, people make babies in honor of my best friend on her birthday, hah!

Anyway, did y'all miss me? I'm sure you did (humor me). I've been MIA for a couple of days because of a new job (which I'm really enjoying, so yay!) but now I'm trying to manage my time so I don't end up neglecting my blog, so now I'm back with another 2016 debut by Melissa Gorzelanczyk (that's a super mouthful name, I don't even know how to pronounce it)—so cute and filled with fluff, it'll make your heart flutter.

Arrows
by Melissa Gorzelanczyk
Published by Delacorte Press on January 26th, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fantasy


A modern cupid story set in present-day Wisconsin combining the fantastical elements of Greek mythology with the contemporary drama of MTV's Teen Mom.

People don’t understand love. If they did, they’d get why dance prodigy Karma Clark just can’t say goodbye to her boyfriend, Danny. No matter what he says or does or how he hurts her, she can’t stay angry with him . . . and can’t stop loving him. But there’s a reason why Karma is helpless to break things off: she’s been shot with a love arrow.

Aaryn, son of Cupid, was supposed to shoot both Karma and Danny but found out too late that the other arrow in his pack was useless. And with that, Karma’s life changed forever. One pregnancy confirmed. One ballet scholarship lost. And dream after dream tossed to the wind.

A clueless Karma doesn’t know that her toxic relationship is Aaryn’s fault . . . but he’s going to get a chance to make things right. He’s here to convince Danny to man up and be there for Karma. But what if this god from Mount Olympus finds himself falling in love with a beautiful dancer from Wisconsin who can never love him in return?

This fast-paced debut novel explores the internal & external conflicts of a girl who finds herself inexplicably drawn to a boy who seemingly doesn't reciprocate her feelings, touching on the issues of love, sex and responsibility, with a heroine struggling to control her destiny--perfect for fans of Katie McGarry's novels and MTV’s 16 and Pregnant.

This is one of the books I've been looking forward to read this year, because, check out that synopsis though! Just the mention of Teen Mom and Greek Mythology, I was sold immediately. I mean, who doesn't love Greek mythology? It's definitely a nerd's guilty pleasure.

So for today's promo post, I've come up with a playlist I believe that fits the whole "I love-you but apparently I really don't but I've been hit with a love arrow so I can't stop love you but now cupid is apparently in love with me too" shebang. It's a handful, but that's pretty much the gist. So, with my impeccable taste in music, I give you a little bit of songs to pop, lock, swing, and groove to while reading this super-duper adorable book.



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MELISSA GORZELANCZYK

Melissa Gorzelanczyk is a former magazine editor and columnist who loves strong coffee, live music, and arrow jewelry. She lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin, with her husband and two teenage children, one of whom is named after a Greek goddess.


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I Wish You Were Mine by Lauren Layne — Off-limits Romance!

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I Wish You Were Mine (Oxford #2)
by Lauren Layne (Goodreads, Website, Twitter)
Published by Loveswept on February 2nd, 2016
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Chick Lit
Edition: eARC (283 pages)
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Perfect for fans of Alice Clayton and Emma Chase, Lauren Layne’s Oxford series heats up in this story of forbidden desire as a brooding jock hoping for a comeback falls for a woman who’s strictly off-limits.

A year ago, Jackson Burke was married to the love of his life and playing quarterback for the Texas Redhawks. Now he’s retired, courtesy of the car accident that ruined his career—and single, after a nasty scandal torpedoed his marriage. Just as he’s starting to get used to his new life as a health and fitness columnist for Oxford magazine, his unpredictable ex shows up on his doorstep in Manhattan. Jackson should be thrilled. But he can’t stop thinking about the one person who’s always been there for him, the one girl he could never have: her younger sister.

Mollie Carrington can’t say no to Madison. After all, her older sister practically raised her. So when Madison begs for help in winning her ex-husband back, Mollie’s just glad she got over her own crush on Jackson ages ago—or so she thought. Because as Mollie reconnects with Jackson, she quickly forgets all her reasons to stay loyal to her sister. Tempted by Jackson’s mellow drawl and cowboy good looks, Mollie is sick and tired of coming in second place. But she can’t win if she doesn’t play the game.


 *I received a review copy courtesy of the author/publisher. This does not affect my opinion or views regarding the book whatsoever.

I don't even question why Lauren Layne's one of my go-to authors, and everytime she's got a new release. This time around, LL brings back the Oxford crew with another hilarious and heartwarming romance that will leave you giggle-snorting and all too giddy.

I must admit, I was hoping the second installment of the Oxford series would be about the unapologetic manwhore extraordinaire, Lincoln Mathis, but it seems Lauren Layne has different plans for him and we’re not getting his story yet until the third book. There was a reason why Jackson was introduced at the very end of the first book, Irresistibly Yours, as the angry sports celebrity bombarded by reporters as they try to get a scoop on his recent divorce.

★ A Scientist walks into a bar while an ex-Quarterback sulks in the corner and...
I Wish You Were Mine follows Jackson's career as a Fitness Editor for Oxford Magazine in New York, post-Football and divorce, and while he gave me the impression of an angry, brooding superstar in the last few pages of Irresistibly Yours, it's apparent that's how he really is as a character which made warming up (to him) a little difficult because of his different personality from LL's usual heroes from the Stiletto/Oxford series.

Of course, it was intentional of LL to create a closed off and stoic character who prefers to keep to himself, especially after having recovered from an unfortunate turn of events in his life that ended his career and his marriage. Jackson was literally a big grumpy bear surrounded by a bunch of hyperactive pups (which, case in point would be the infamously hilarious Oxford crew--Oh, good lord, I so missed them!) as they have been trying to get him into their circle ever since he got on board the Oxford ship.

Mollie, on the other hand, was such a likeable character, although my favorite Oxford lady would have to be Penelope (so far), she was adorable in her own way. She's quirky, hilariously awkward, fun and babbles about biology and animal mating when nervous, hah! Also a career woman (a scientist at that, although I wish her career would've been explored more in the plot). However, with her evil older sister (Jackson's ex-wife) currently in the picture, I surely had a couple of issues, especially about her loyalty towards her sister and Jackson.

Schistosoma mansoni worms for life
This might sound confusing, but apparently, according to Mollie, when worms find their mate, they stay together for life, and if that's not beautiful, I don't know what is.

I love how Jackson and Mollie's relationship progressed from friends to lovers. Their initial relationship, even as ex-in-laws had them acting as best of friends, which led to a sexy and steamy friends with benefits arrangement, which of course, is bound to get complicated because... former sports superstar shacks up with ex-wife's sister, well damn. The romance was a slow burn, even though Mollie's been in love with him for ages, the whole progression was just the right and perfect pace.

★ I pledge allegiance to the flag of the Oxford club
The Stiletto ladies will always have a special place in my heart, but I adore the Oxford crew more. They're funny and dorky for a bunch of sexy men featuring Penelope as the only Maid Marian. Though, we've got only one (?) more bachelor left, and I can't wait to hear Lincoln's story!

Reading I Wish You Were Mine was an emotional rollercoaster. While Jackson and Mollie cannot replace Cole and Penelope as my favorite Stiletto/Oxford couple, I still enjoyed reading about their relationship. Every turn of a page was filled with hilarious banter and witty dialogue that had me cracking up the whole time, and a whole lot of bromance.

If you haven't read anything by Lauren Layne and are a big fan of romance, well, what are you waiting for?! Go! Shoo! Buy her books, you won't regret it!

Read my review of Irresistibly Yours (Oxford #1)

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Long Overdue Book Haul Pt. 2 [Stacking The Shelves #11]

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I know, I know. I haven't done this since August 2015, and I obviously have hoarded more books from that point on. 5 months! Imagine how many books I've bought in that period of time. Don't answer that. That was rhetorical.

But seriously though, jobless I may be, I still manage to keep squeezing book money from my monthly allowance (thank you, parentals. I owe my first salary to you--I mean, of course, duh), and I can imagine how my folks would just sigh out loud and chant in their heads, "at least it's books, not drugs."

I've got a massive collection, ranging from Fantasy to Contemporary, to Romance, paperbacks and hardcovers, physical and digital copies, and all I can say is this is going to be a looooong, looooong post.


Drown by Esther Dalseno (Thank you, Esther!)
Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover (Reviewed - 5 Stars!)
Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover (Reviewed - 4.5 Stars!)
The Heat of Betrayal by Douglas Kennedy & The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins (Thank you, Daddy!)
Vicious by V.E. Schwab
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Illuminae by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (FINALLY!)
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo


November 9 by Colleen Hoover
Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Mosquitoland by David Arnold
The Rest of Us Live Here by Patrick Ness
Night Film by Marisha Pessl
Fairest by Marissa Meyer
Landline by Rainbow Rowell


Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling
More Than This by Patrick Ness
Burying Water series by K.A. Tucker

EBOOKS

The Distance from A to Z by Natalie Blitt
Montana Men series by Jennifer Ryan
The Girl Who Fell by Shannon M. Parker
Underwater by Marisa Reichardt (Reviewed - 5 Stars!)
I Wish You Were Mine by Lauren Layne
Arrows by Melissa Gorzelanczyk
Where You'll Find Me by Natasha Friend
Hopeless and Maybe Not by Colleen Hoover
F*ck Love, The Opportunist, Mud Vein and Marrow by Tarryn Fisher
Touch Me Not by Apryl Baker
Mechanics of Love series by Megan Erickson
Emmy and Oliver by Robin Benway
The Score by Elle Kennedy
Big Rock by Lauren Blakely
Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry
The Game Plan by Kristen Callihan
Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson


It's a lot... I know. And I'm not even sure when I'll be able to pick up any of these books, because I keep buying more and more and I seriously have no respect for book buying bans.

So, let's chat! 
Are any of these books familiar to you? (Okay, no dumb question). Help a girl out, and if any of these reads are a big thumbs down, WARN ME!!!

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Mischievous Reads' Most Anticipated Releases in 2016

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I remember saying this back in 2015 when January rolled in: "More books. Woopsies!" I can't believe I'm saying the same thing again, this 2016which is no surprise, actually. 

We've got tons of debuts which people have been raving about all over the blogosphere and on Twitter and sequels everyone's been itching to get their hands on after waiting for so long, and I'm one of those itching to get their hands on these soon to be released reads of various genres I've taken a liking to: Fantasy superstars writers Sarah J. Maas and Maggie Stiefvater. Add in V.E. Schwab and some of my auto-buy Romance authors whom I'd literally grovel over: K.A. Tucker, Lauren Layne, Jessica Lemmon and Kylie Scott.
I've read the first of the Raven Cycle series and I loved it. Hopefully within the year, I would get to read on to the next books, so I can get on to The Raven King and I'm looking forward to it!

I also read A Court of Thorns and Roses last year, and it's actually the one of the two three Fantasy books I read last year, and for a Sarah J. Maas first-timer, my experience was not bad at all. I look forward to reading more of her books, particularly the Throne of Glass series, which I have not yet tackled. 

To be frank, I haven't read any V.E. Schwab novel, but I've heard so many good things about her work. According to a lot, she's one of the greatest young adult fantasy writers out there, so I'm excited to get my hands on her books. So far, all I have is Vicious, although still unread and is sitting pretty on my bookshelf.

Kylie Scott's Dirty is one of my highly anticipated reads this year. After having read all the books to her latest series, Stage Dive, and loved every single one of them, especially the audiobook versions, because let me tell you, Andi Arndt is one of the greatest audiobook narrators I've ever heard (and the only one that made me stick and listen attentively as I've got the attention span of a five year old loaded on sugar). 

Also with Jessica Lemmon and K.A. Tucker, two of my newly discovered romance writers who are amazing with their works, these two just popped out of nowhere and took me by surprise. If you want romance, Lemmon's your girl, and if you want a little dash of suspense, K.A. Tucker is here to the rescue. Her upcoming novel, He Will Be My Ruin is her most suspenseful book so far, and I'm so excited!

I've been lucky enough to be granted ARC copies of I Wish You Were Mine and Arrows (Thank you, Penguin Random House!) and thank you to Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books for my Passenger giveaway win! It's on its way to my mailbox and I'm very excited to get my hands on it!

What are your anticipated reads this 2016?

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#IfThisWasAMovie: The Girl Who Fell by Shannon M. Parker Dreamcast + Giveaway!

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I'm a very big fan of movies, and I'd definitely consider myself as a movie junkie. Just give me a bag of popcorn (cheese flavored, of course) and sit me on a comfy couch or on my bed, propped up with tons of soft, fluffy pillows and I'm good to go! 

But as an avid book reader, I love to imagine every part of a book into a movie scene, from the location setting all the way to the camera angles. In fact, I've got the whole screenplay panned out! And of course, let's not forget the actors and actresses, which I pick out to fit every single character in said novel. Sometimes I even imagine the characters into my favorite actors/actresses (most of the timeparticularly the time I got so hooked with Olicity (Oliver and Felicity from, Arrow, the popular superhero hit TV show from the CW, I visualized them as every couple in every romance book I read... and moving on). 

 So, in lieu for my promo post for a blog tour, I've created the feature, If This Was Movie, where in I create a dream cast for a book I've read, with me, as the director, of course, because, duh.

So for my first ever guinea pig, Shannon M. Parker's upcoming Young Adult Contemporary novel, The Girl Who Fell, which will be released on March 1st, so stick around to check out my "movie casting" and get a chance to win a giveaway!

The Girl Who Fell
by Shannon M. Parker
Expected publication on March 1st, 2016 by Simon Pulse
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary


His obsession. Her fall.

High school senior Zephyr Doyle is swept off her feet—and into an intense relationship—by the new boy in school.

Zephyr is focused. Focused on leading her team to the field hockey state championship and leaving her small town for her dream school, Boston College.

But love has a way of changing things.

Enter the new boy in school: the hockey team’s starting goaltender, Alec. He’s cute, charming, and most important, Alec doesn’t judge Zephyr. He understands her fears and insecurities—he even shares them. Soon, their relationship becomes something bigger than Zephyr, something she can’t control, something she doesn’t want to control.

Zephyr swears it must be love. Because love is powerful, and overwhelming, and…terrifying?

But love shouldn’t make you abandon your dreams, or push your friends away. And love shouldn’t make you feel guilty—or worse, ashamed.

So when Zephyr finally begins to see Alec for who he really is, she knows it’s time to take back control of her life.

If she waits any longer, it may be too late.

LIGHTS. CAMERA. ACTION!


Zephyr "Zee" is our main heroine! She's seventeen, and is in senior high. Athletic teen and is co-captain of the school hockey team! Young Nina Dobrev is definitely a perfect fit, because of her bright personality, aye? 


Here's Gregg, who's one of Zephyr's best friends and neighbour. Gregg's a loyal best friend, but also a total ladies man. He's funny, athletic and one of the popular kids in school. Check out that Kellan smirk though!


Here's Alec, the new boy in town, and Zephyr's new beau, and a mysterious handsome boy. I definitely think The 5th Wave's Alex Roe is the perfect Alec (because Alex = Alec, duh?). Also, who's excited for The 5th Wave?!


Another of Zephyr's best friends, there's Lizzie, the school journalist. She's seen all the time with a camera, and writing for the school paper. If she gets wind of anything juicy, best believe it's going to be out on the bulletin! Easy A's Emma Stone is the total sassy and hip, free-bird high-schooler character and the perfect fit for Lizzie!


Of course, a YA novel isn't complete without the parentals, especially the main characters. We've got Zee's mom. Sweet lady, that she is. And Zephyr's dad, although he's not in the picture most of the time, as Zee's parents are divorced, he does play a vital role in the book. This couple from Switched at Birth are definitely the perfect parents for Zephyr!





So there you have it! I pretty much have the core characters casted. To those who's had the opportunity to read The Girl Who Fell, can you visualize the movie yet? 'Cause I can totally see it now! High school, lockers, skating rink, hockey jerseys, locker rooms! I'm so stoked!

The Girl Who Fell comes out on March 1st! Pre-order the book now!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR



SHANNON M. PARKER

Shannon Parker lives on the Atlantic coast with a house full of boys. She’s traveled to over three dozen countries and has a few dozen more to go. She works in education and can usually be found rescuing dogs, chickens, old houses and wooden boats. Shannon has a weakness for chocolate chip cookies and ridiculous laughter—ideally, at the same time. The Girl Who Fell is her first novel. Find her at www.shannonmparker.com


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Underwater by Marisa Reichardt — "I believe in you." + Giveaway!

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Underwater
by Marisa Reichardt
Expected publication on January 12th, 2016 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
Edition: eARC (288 pages)



Morgan didn't mean to do anything wrong that day. Actually, she meant to do something right. But her kind act inadvertently played a role in a deadly tragedy. In order to move on, Morgan must learn to forgive-first someone who did something that might be unforgivable, and then, herself.

But Morgan can't move on. She can't even move beyond the front door of the apartment she shares with her mother and little brother. Morgan feels like she's underwater, unable to surface. Unable to see her friends. Unable to go to school.

When it seems Morgan can't hold her breath any longer, a new boy moves in next door. Evan reminds her of the salty ocean air and the rush she used to get from swimming. He might be just what she needs to help her reconnect with the world outside.

Underwater is a powerful, hopeful debut novel about redemption, recovery, and finding the strength it takes to face your past and move on.


 *I received a review copy courtesy of the author/publisher. This does not affect my opinion or views regarding the book whatsoever.

Realistic fiction is something I don't read often, because of the rarity of proper execution by the author. They either get it, or they don't, and just pretentiously assume they do, especially when it's about a tough or controversial topic not everyone is willing to read out of their comfort zone. There's a whole collection of realistic fiction with sensitive subjects out there, in which mostly falls under mental illnesses.

Underwater is a mental illness book, for those unaware. Although the main character, Morgan, has severe anxiety, it doesn't solely focus on her illness alone. Marisa Reichardt's brilliant voice as Morgan captured mental illness to a tee, particularly her anxiety. Confusion hits you at first upon meeting Morgan, and introduced with a backstory that's filled with friendships and ambitions: what happened for her to become the girl she is now, never leaving the house, terrified of the world?

"You shouldn't stop living your life just because you're scared."

Reading [Underwater] in Morgan's perspective was like being in her brain as a spectator, watching in the sidelines as her illness strikes out of the blue. It's completely random, no preparations, and just leaves you confused and baffled especially to those who are lucky to have not experienced anxiety first hand and are unaware of the weight of the attacks. Paranoia has become Morgan's greatest enemy, striking like taunting gun to the head. playing with your head as a matter of life and death. Anxiety is like a game of Russian Roulette—except the gun isn't loaded, but your mind likes to think it is, despite the assurance that it's an empty barrel. 

"What's the point of wasting all your time worrying about something that might never happen?"
"Because that's what people do."
"No, it isn't. I don't. That's what crazy people do."

But don't get me wrong, this whole book isn't about Morgan suffering from anxiety 24/7 with no hopes of recovery. As a matter of fact, her steps to recovery is one of the reasons why I adored this book so much, mainly, the characters. Everyone else mentioned in the book plays a vital role in Morgan's gradual journey to recovery: her new next door neighbor, Evan, who eventually becomes a love interest, but a friend first, her therapist, Brenda, her family, particularly her mom and little brother, Ben. 

One of the characters that struck me the most was Morgan's mom, I couldn't help but get emotional. Most parents in Young Adult books are often molded as the bad guy, or if not, just a nice parent in the background, offering words of wisdom in at least a single page when the youngster has boy problems or whatsoever. But not this mother. Her character was always present for Morgan and incredibly supportive, and redefined parenthood in young adult novels in a different way. 

"I think you want to get better. I think you will get better.[...] When you're ready. I believe in you."

Reading Underwater turned me into an emotional sap, and touched my soul, especially as someone who could relate to Morgan, although not wholly. Marisa's writing is straightforward, blunt, and edgy, and not to mention, incredibly satisfying and remarkably touching . A little bit of romance is present, but not considered as part of the main focal points of the novel. The characters are well shaped, filled with complexities and immense depth, and definitely keeps you engaged with every turn of a page. If you're looking to read books with sensitive topics, or even attempt to step out of your comfort zone, you have to give Underwater a go! (Don't forget to have tissues handy!)

*Quotes are taken from the uncorrected copy of the novel and are subjected to change. 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR



MARISA REICHARDT

I'm a SoCal native and high school writing instructor. I currently live in Los Angeles and can usually be found huddled over my laptop in coffeehouses or swimming in the ocean.  

My debut YA contemporary novel, UNDERWATER, will be out 1/12/16 from Macmillan/FSG and 4/7/16 Macmillan Children's UK. 

I love all books and all genres. While I do keep track of all the books I've read here, I generally don't do ratings or reviews.


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Rescuing the Bad Boy by Jessica Lemmon – "I'd rescue you in a heartbeat."

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Rescuing the Bad Boy (Second Chance #2)
by Jessica Lemmon (Goodreads, Twitter, Website)
Published by Forever on May 26th, 2015
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
Edition: eBook (424 pages)
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NOT ALL SCARS HEAL

For Donovan Pate, the lake town of Evergreen Cove is a minefield of tough memories—including the day he had to let go of Sofie Martin. Years later, he still can’t forget the taste of her lips and the feel of her killer curves. He knows he’s too damaged, that he should stay away for her own good. But what the head says and the heart wants are two very different things…

Seven years ago, Donovan broke Sofie’s heart. Now her career depends on playing nice in order to pull off the charity fundraiser of the decade. She vows to keep things professional…yet working by his side every day doesn’t make it easy to fight temptation, and it isn’t long before she finds herself falling for this bad boy all over again. But loving Donovan means helping him face his past–so they can fight for a future together.

What is it about Jessica Lemmon that just grabs me every time? To be honest, I haven’t been exposed to much of her books, except for Bringing Home the Bad Boy and her Lovestruck Imprint rewrite, If You Dare, and I absolutely enjoyed these books! Now, I realized I’ve put off the rest of her Second Chance series for quite a long time, and being in a food-induced coma from the Christmas feast, I’ve decided to pick up the series where I left off.

Rescuing the Bad Boy, though this time is a book I expected to love (because hello? Jessica Lemmon, need I say more?) ignited so much feelings. I’ve been a huge sucker for second chance romances, and though the series is about finding another chance at love, this book was the “you-broke-my-heart-once-and-now-you’re-back-to-do-it-again” kind of romance, and usually, those stories bring on the water works (though I definitely did shed quite a lot of tears with the previous book); and this was no exception.

Sofie Martin and Donovan Pate happened seven years ago, and it was definitely a one-time thing, with the way he ran off immediately after, and crushed her heart, and now he’s back to claim the family mansion left behind by his late grandmother, and boy, does he have plans for the home he despised growing up in. (Un)fortunately for him, Sofie needs in on the mansion for the yearly charity event for the abused kids of Evergreen Cove, and as much as she loves hates being around Donovan after he’d ruined her years ago, she’s got nowhere else to turn to.

I absolutely can never not enjoy Jessica Lemmon’s writing. It’s simple yet always so incredibly written, from the plot to the characters. Lemmon’s characters are always so realistic, you would definitely relate to them to an emotional level. Seven years ago, Donovan and Sofie were young and stupid, but with his sudden return, a lot has changed in the past years, but definitely not their repressed feelings.

At the beginning, younger Donovan 'Donny' was a bastard and he’s definitely not the guy you’d think to root for. Honestly, I was appalled by what he did, but I had to give his character the benefit of the doubt, and I needed to find out why he acted that way. And I was right, because Donovan’s story which hailed from a terrible childhood filled with scars and a whole lot of emotional baggage, was heartbreaking to read about and it made me felt for him so much. Despite his stoic and impassive demeanor, he was a total sweetheart on the inside and I just couldn’t hold a grudge against his character. I may have adored Evan from Bringing Home the Bad Boy, but I’m going to say this. Donny is now my favorite from the two (and also, another tattooed bad boy, yas! Plus the name Donovan just sounds sexy, rolling off the tongue. Come on, give it a try! *winks*).

Sofie, on the other hand, made mistakes as someone who was young and blinded by infatuation, but her character was amazing and absolutely relatable, especially as she had grown into a mature woman. Once again, Lemmon hasn’t failed to impress me with her female characters, and how strong and realistic they are. I love how Lemmon tackled body insecurities with Sofie and her curvaceous figure, but it wasn’t to the point that it was obnoxious and over the top. Sofie was a confident woman; smart, sexy, and sassy, but she wasn’t 100% confident, as how every woman is. However, being with Donovan, she grew to love her body as it was.

Rescuing the Bad Boy is a read you’d definitely want to snuggle up with, especially during the holiday season. Lemmon doesn’t disappoint, with a story so simple yet blooms beautifully into a heart melting story. It’s not exactly fast paced but it's absolutely engaging with every turn of a page. The romance is extremely sexy and steamy, it just gets hot all over (hah!). Although it’s not a very light hearted read as one would want to pick up for supposed cheerful season, it would definitely make your heart flutter, and I almost forgot to mention, not only will Donny make you fall in love, but a special lovely rescue will capture your heart as well!

Give this a series a shot, and Jessica Lemmon will be one of your go-to and auto-buy authors in no time.

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