24 November 2015

RELEASE DAY BLITZ: Butterfly Dreams by A. Meredith Walters + Excerpt!

I'm on a New Adult binge right now, and I'm so excited to share with you another NA new release, and I'm totally not gonna deny, that cover is gorgeous! Happy Book Birthday to Butterfly Dreams by A. Meredith Walters!

Butterfly Dreams
by A. Meredith Walters
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
In a powerful romance hailed as “heartbreaking, real, and breathtakingly beautiful” by Stacey Lynn, New York Times bestselling author A. Meredith Walters tells the story of a troubled young woman and the unforgettable guy who teaches her to live—and love—to the fullest.

She’s waiting to die. . . . Corin Thompson is paralyzed by her obsession with mortality. Having lost both of her parents, she is terrified by the idea that she too will die young, and she loses control at any sign of illness. But when Corin connects with someone who has survived a very real brush with death, she begins to see the world in a whole new way.

He’s learning to live. . . . As Corin struggles under the weight of her neuroses, Beckett Kingsley is attempting to rebuild a life that feels all too temporary. With the ever-present threat of heart failure never far from his mind, he just wants to make the most of whatever time he has left. And that means pursuing the girl he never expected to find.

Together, Corin and Beckett finally learn to let go of their fears and take solace in everyday pleasures. Who knows what the future holds? After all, nothing lasts forever—the only promise they have is right now.


“All the feels: poignant, funny, sad, beautiful, and inspiring! Your own belly butterflies will take flight.”—New York Times bestselling author Katy Evans

“A. Meredith Walters is the author I turn to when I want to get sucked into a beautiful story that packs an emotional punch.”—New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett

“Butterfly Dreams is one of the most poignant books I’ve read all year. It’s heartbreaking, real, and breathtakingly beautiful. A. Meredith Walters weaves a story that draws you in from the very first page and refuses to let you go even once it’s finished.”—Stacey Lynn, author of the Nordic Lords series

“The ending nearly killed me, but I survived. I read this book in one sitting, and what a roller coaster of a story. The author did an amazing job. . . . I found myself unable to put the book down.”—The Book Hookup


My doorbell rang.


I looked at the clock and realized it was already 7:30.

So that meant it was Beckett on the other side of the door.


I looked down at my half-naked body.


And then I started freaking out.

“I’ll be right there!” I yelled.

Should I let him in?

But I was practically naked!

I couldn’t let him see me like this!

Maybe I should own it. Shake my hips and let him get a look at the goods.

Like that would ever happen.

Crap, what was I going to wear?

I grabbed a pair of jeans from my floor and wiggled them on, not really paying attention to which ones they were.

I reached into my closet and pulled the closest shirt off the rack. I tied my hair into a ponytail and slipped on a comfortable pair of ballet flats.

I hoped Beckett hadn’t planned on five-star dining because I was dressed more for a McDonalds milkshake before hanging with the bowling league.

“Sorry,” I said, out of breath, opening the door and letting Beckett inside.

“I was starting to think I needed to break in and make sure you hadn’t gotten stuck in the toilet or something.” Beckett looked damn near perfect in a dark pair of jeans and button-up blue shirt the same color as his eyes.

He had even gotten a haircut. Way to make me feel like a total underachiever in the getting ready department, buddy.

“Looks like you cut yourself,” I said, indicating the piece of toilet paper stuck to his chin.

“Fuck. I forgot about that,” he muttered, pulling it off, looking embarrassed.

“You should have left it there. It’s cute,” I teased, putting on my black wool coat.

“You ready?” he asked.

“As I’ll ever be.” I gave him a wide smile and he laughed.

“I’m not taking you to your death by firing squad. You could act a bit more excited.”

I jumped up and down, clapping my hands together. “OMG, Beck! I can’t wait!” I gasped.

“Is that better?” I asked, closing my apartment door behind me and locking it.

“Much.” Beckett leaned down and I swear he was checking out my ass.

“Excuse me, but what in the hell are you doing?” I demanded.

“Are you aware that the Cheshire cat is on your right butt cheek?”

I craned my body to get a look at what he was talking about. And sure enough, there was a bright purple patch with the damn Cheshire cat on my derriere.

“I must have picked up the wrong jeans,” I groaned. These were my hanging-out-doing-laundry jeans. Not meant to be seen by anyone but myself and the cat.

“I was in a rush. I couldn’t figure out what to wear. It was stressful,” I tried to explain, pulling my coat down over my feline-covered bum.

“The last thing I want is to stress you out, Cor-Cor.”

I smacked his arm. “I thought I warned you about using that damn nickname,” I threatened.

“I show up with toilet paper stuck to my face and you have a cat on your butt. I think we make a pretty awesome pair,” Beckett snickered, unlocking his car.




The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary and Paranormal romance including The Find You in the Dark and Bad Rep series as well as the upcoming stand alone romance, Reclaiming the Sand, and a dark new adult series for Gallery Books.

A. Meredith spent ten years as a counselor for at risk teens and children. First working at a Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault program and then later a program for children with severe emotional and mental health issues. Her former clients and their stories continue to influence every aspect of her writing.

When not writing (or being tortured with all manner of beauty products at the hand of her very imaginative and extremely girly daughter), she is eating chocolate, watching reality television that could rot your brain and reading a smutty novel or two.

A. Meredith is represented by Michelle Johnson with the Inklings Literary Agency.

22 November 2015

Enamor by Veronica Larsen — "Enemies. Lovers. Roommates."

Enamor (Hearts of Stone #3)
by Veronica Larsen (Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook)
Self published on November 19th, 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Edition: eARC (279 pages)
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He’s infuriating on purpose. She’s too irresistible when she hates him.

The first step in solving a problem is recognizing there’s one to begin with. Here’s mine. My new roommate is a conceited, womanizing jerk. He pushes my buttons and drives me so crazy I want to strangle him daily.

There’s a million reasons why I should stay far away from him, the most obvious of which being that I hate him with the fire of a thousand suns. Except that I don’t hate him.

I sometimes wonder if this back-and-forth between us is all just pretend. All part of a diversion, a line of defense against the heat we generate whenever we are near each other.

It's a reckless game we're playing, treading the edge of an attraction so intense it might as well be a grenade.

What I adore about this author's writing style is the absence of repetition and redundancy in her romance novels. Veronica Larsen's writing style has grown tremendously from her debut novel, Entangle, which is followed by the heroine's younger sister's story in Entice, and in spite of her soon-to-be released novel being a somewhat prequel; Enamor can stand on its own and definitely outdid its predecessors.

[In this novel] Larsen takes us through her own take of a fun yet blazing "How I Met Your Mother" story with Julia and Giles (introduced as Alex's couple friends in Entangle), from frenemies truces to best friends falling in love. A common story plot it may be but Veronica Larsen's takes you deeper through an emotional roller coaster from Julia and Giles's stories as individuals to the progression of their relationship.

"It's the worst kind of torture, realizing you're hopelessly in love with your best friend."

Juliajust like the rest of the ladies of the Hearts of Stone seriesis a strong heroine. She's a feisty one but her fierceness is perfectly balance with a massive vulnerability which gives her so much depth, a perfect fit for Gilesboth lost souls, in need of patching up. They're both headstrong characters that appear to clash head on at first, however, in spite of their rocky beginning, the chemistry between [Julia and Giles] is definitely undeniable, even though these two hated each other's guts from the moment they first met.

Who'd have thought that the person who infuriated you so much was the person fall in love with in the end?

"You do realize I hate you..."
"I know."
"I'd strangle you if I had the energy."
"I don't doubt it."

Don't get me wrong, this book is not full on emotional drama. Sure, there's a whole lot of steamy, sexy, and a deep level of angst, but what I enjoyed the most is the friendship that bloomed between the two, which, as funny as it sounds, stemmed from their distaste of one another. The dynamic between Julia and Giles is incredible, especially during their 'frenemies' phase as they try to drive each other crazy with their hilarious antics, and ridiculous tricks and schemes that will leave you giggle snorting.

"Love does make you stupid, [...] but it's the good kind of stupid. [...] It's naive and a little crazy. But it feels so damn good."

Veronica Larsen definitely outdid herself (and a lot other New Adult books) with Enamor. It's a lighter feel from her previous works, but it doesn't stray too far from her usual style. [Enamor], by far, is the best book this author has ever written. It's a beautiful, heartwarming, emotional, and hilarious best friends to lovers romance that will make your heart clench and soar. Let's not forget the giggle snorting and will also probably give you diabetes from the sweetness overload.

Just make sure you've got some medication ready. Hah!

*I received a review copy courtesy of the author/publisher. This does not affect my opinion or views regarding the book whatsoever.
**Quotes are taken from the uncorrected copy of the novel and are subjected to change. 

Check out my review of the other books of the Hearts of Stone series: ENTANGLE and ENTICE

08 November 2015

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett — "With art, there is love." + Giveaway!

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart
by Jenn Bennett
Published by Feiwel and Friends on November 3rd, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
Format: eARC (304 pages)
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Artist Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she's spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Leonardo da Vinci’s footsteps, she's ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospital’s Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down.

Jack is charming, wildly attractive . . . and possibly one of San Francisco’s most notorious graffiti artists. On midnight buses and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who Jack really is—and tries to uncover what he’s hiding that leaves him so wounded. But will these secrets come back to haunt him? Or will the skeletons in Beatrix’s own family’s closet tear them apart?

Jenn Bennett blew me away with The Anatomical Shape of a Heart (alternate title: Night Owls). A story of love and art, [this book] instantly grabs you from the very beginning and leaves you awestruck with its incredible writing and captivating storylinetwo misunderstood artists who fall into an adventurous romance filled with sweet and heartwarming moments that will leave you addicted and intrigued with every turn of a page.

"Feeling alive is always a risk."

Imagine meeting someone who suddenly turns your life upside down: Beatrix "Bex"; peculiar, odd, and incredibly talented with a strange fascination for the human anatomy, meets charming and dashing Jack on a late night bus, who also happens to be the notorious anonymous graffiti artist who's been vandalizing the city with intriguing single words (that carry such an emotional impact) in golden paint. It's like that Journey song about strangers and late nights and boulevards, just throw in some spray paints, cadaver art, prismacolors, HB pencils, anatomical shapes of bodily organsmatched with some midnight rendezvouses and hyped adrenalineand you've got yourself a unique yet classic romance between two artistically headstrong yet wise for their age teens.

"That sounds dangerous." [...]
"The best things in life are."

Bennett's characters are undeniably amusing, and realistic, with immense depth which immediately strikes you from the beginning. [This author] isn't one to toss in superficial characters and cliche plot lines, but ratherother than realistic teens that lie deep beneath willful personasa number of witty and delightful dialogues coupled with a little bit of flirty-flirt and smooth moves (by dashing Jack), mysterious family secrets, and heartclenching plot-twists that will surely keep you on your toes.

Bex is another addition to my favorite heroines. She's a determined, quick-witted oddball, with her eyes set on the prize inspite of certain shortcomings, which is a greatly admirable trait. Plus, she's the smart and sensible kid of the family. Jack, mysterious yet incredibly charming, will capture your heart the moment he's mentioned [in the book], but deep down, he's got secrets he's terrified to share underneath his rockabilly swagger, which will make you feel for him more.

[This book] will turn you into an emotional sap and make your heart flutter at the same time. A total page-turner and an addicting novel, The Anatomical Shape of a Heart is a read you should never miss out on (and this is a recommendation coming from a reader who rarely likes YA novels). Rest assured, you won't regret it. If you've read I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios and loved it, then all the more reason to pick this one up!

*I received a review copy courtesy of the author/publisher. This does not affect my opinion or views regarding the book whatsoever.
**Quotes are taken from the uncorrected copy of the novel and are subjected to change. 



Jenn Bennett is the author of the Arcadia Bell urban fantasy series with Pocket and the Roaring 20's historical paranormal romance series with Berkley. She lives near Atlanta with one husband and two pugs.



05 November 2015

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas — "There is always a beast in anything beautiful."

A Court of Thorns and Roses
by Sarah J. Maas (Goodreads, Website, Twitter)
Published by Bloomsbury Children's on May 5th, 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Fantasy, Retelling
Format: Paperback (432 pages)
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A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it... or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

I just can't wait for the day I would speed through a fantasy novel and not spend a month and a half trying to crawl my way out. Truth be told, I'm not a fantasy reader. I may or may not have been in the ohmygod vampires werewolves angels holy shit paranormal reader phase a few years back, but contemporary has taken up so much room in my heart and soul, that I can barely fit fantasy in, but boy, did I manage to, and I'm so glad I did.

A Court of Thorns and Roses is not like any Beauty and the Beast retelling I've ever read (though I haven't really read many). The only consistency to the original story line were the basics; the maiden, the scarred prince and the curse, and Maas has brought to life a beautiful yet grotesque romantic fantasy. Do not mistake this for the classic. In fact, do not even compare these because they are of different worlds, and unless you're looking for singing and dancing silverware and a Gaston wannabe, you most definitely won't find that here.

"Be glad of your human heart, Feyre. Pity those who don't feel anything at all.”

Sarah J. Maas introduced her heroine, Feyre, as a crude, pitiful character—fueled by hatred and anger towards the world, and at the same time, love and selflessness for her family. A strong, willful character; she woud do whatever it takes for the sake of a loved one: a strength and a weakness. Frankly speaking, Feyre is not fearless; she's vulnerable and terrified for her life and her loved ones, but what amazes me is how strong her determination and perseverance is.

Her beast, Tamlin, isn't exactly described as a gigantic furry animal, per se, however, his magic does allow him to shapeshift into a beast-like creature. Maas created her own beast, in the form of a High Lord Faerie and in which the cause of the curse is not by his wickedness but by an evil form.

The romance, although a la Beauty and the Beast is more intense rather than romantic, which I truly enjoyed reading about and definitely takes a different turn from the typical PG romance. It's steamy, sexy and raw. It's not all magic and dancing and starry nights. Feyre and Tamlin's happy ever after isn't something they can walk away with, whistling a happy tune. There's bloodshed, pain and torture (and I'm totally not talking about BDSM, just to clarify, so get your head out of the gutter).

Sarah J. Maas is an author I'm not very acquainted with, but her large fanbase has encouraged me to pick up a book of hers, and A Court of Thorns and Roses was it, and this author has earned a quasi-fan in me. Granted, this book may not have been able to grasp my full attention but past the slow burn, it grabs at you, unsuspectedly, especially with certain characters that will surely grab your full attention *cough*diabolical Rhysand and sassy Lucien*cough*.

I'm a little late to the party, but nonetheless, this novel is not something to be taken lightly—there are cliches, unfortunately, but A Court of Thorns and Roses will keep you intrigued—but is definitely a highly recommended novel. If you haven't read this, you need to pick this up before the next book comes out, fantasy addict or not.