There Will Be Lies – Nick Lake

There Will Be Lies – Nick LakeTitle: There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake
Date Completed: January 1, 2015
Publishing Info: January 6, 2015 by Bloomsbury Publishing
Source: ARC sent to me by Bloomsbury Kids -- Thanks!
Genres: Magical Realism, Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Goodreads // Buy from Amazon
Shelby Jane Cooper is seventeen, pretty and quiet. It's just Shelby and her mom, Shaylene, a court stenographer who wears pajama jeans, stitches tapestry, eats ice-cream for dinner and likes to keep Shelby safe. So safe she barely goes out. So safe she doesn't go to school. Because anything could happen, to a girl like Shelby. Anything. When Shelby gets knocked down by a car, it's not just her leg that's broken: Shelby's world is shattered. Her mom turns up to collect her and drives off into the night, like it's the beginning of a road trip, like two criminals on the run, like Thelma and Louise or Bonnie and Clyde. And somehow, everywhere she looks, there's a coyote watching her, talking to her, telling her not to believe.Who is Shelby Jane Cooper? If the person who keeps you safe also tells you lies, who can you trust?

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THERE WILL BE LIES was a really different book for me… BUT not quite in the way I had hoped. I went in expecting an exciting mystery/thriller with some possible psychological twists (it seemed like that could be the case based on the title?) but really what I ended up reading was part thriller, part magical realism. I really wish I had known about the magical realism side — which was a very good chunk of the book. Maybe 30%? More? — because I actually probably would have passed on it. I am very, very picky about magical realism in books because it often times dances too closely on the line of reality which makes it unbelievable to me. In the very beginning of the book, I was actually really interested. It sort of held a Donnie Darko feel to it which really pulled me in but then the cut-aways to the magical realism scenes… just really hard for me to get through.

That being said, I really did like the thriller aspect of THERE WILL BE LIES. Shelby’s fate is essentially told to her (through the magical realism deal here) that “there will be lies” — two lies and then one truth that will change her life forever. Believing that to be true, Shelby embarks upon a mission to figure out what these lies (and truth) might be and it really does take her down a path that she never expected — and one I didn’t expect either! The story was really quite interesting and there were actually a couple of hooks I didn’t see coming which was really fun to read.

The style of writing was very unique as well. The dialogue was written a bit differently (in italics instead of quotation marks) and it tripped me up ever-so-slightly when I first started reading, but it also added a different feel to the book somehow, which I actually ended up enjoying. Later on in the book, the readers find out exactly why the book is written so differently and it was something that I thought was very impressive!

Overall the mystery/thriller side of the book did intrigue me and keep me interested, but every single cut-away to this magical realism side totally took away from my reading experience and once I got to the last portion and I saw why it was included, it felt totally unnecessary. At least to me, it felt like a series of dream sequences or something along the lines of Shelby working things out in her subconscious, and it was something I really felt that I would have connected with more if I had read it as a stream of consciousness or dialogue that she worked out with either herself or someone else. I wonder what my experience with this book would have been like had it not been for those elements. I think I could have enjoyed it so much more!

THE VIEW FROM GOODREADS

“The View from Goodreads” is a featured section in my reviews that I decided to incorporate! I tend to update my Goodreads status a LOT when I read — reactions, feelings, notes — so I thought it would be fun to share the sort of “reading process”! All status updates are spoiler-free (no specific plot points will be revealed) but will contain reactions to certain pages and/or characters!

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Shelby // Character Obsessions: Baseball, her mom, reading.
Shelby was a really interesting character. I’m actually not quite sure why she was having the weird flashes to a dream world…? It wasn’t quite ever reasoned (I guess hence the magical sort of aspect) but clearly she’s also had a sheltered life and quite possibly it serves her as an escape as well. I really enjoyed her personality and admired how she handled situations as the book progressed, though.

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Kept Me Hooked On: Thrillers. The actual plot of this story was quite interesting! I liked where the story went and it really was not something I expected.
Left Me Wanting More: Reality. What was going on in the real world was actually interesting! I just wish the book had spent more time there. I know I would have enjoyed it more if it was more of a straight-up thriller than including the magical elements — and I think the same goes for a lot of other readers too.

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 Read some reviews before you try.

This one really wasn’t for me… I think it may come as a surprise to a bunch of people that is has a magical realism element because I surely didn’t know! I’d say check out some more reviews before you decide to commit to it. It’s over 400 pages so it’s a bit lengthy to read if you’re just iffy about it!

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BOOKS LIKE THERE WILL BE LIES

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6) – J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6) – J.K. RowlingTitle: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6) by J.K. Rowling
Date Completed: December 6, 2014
Publishing Info: July 16, 2005 by Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Source: Purchased Hardcover
Genres: Fantasy, Magic, Witches, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Goodreads // Buy from Amazon
Related Posts: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5)
     The war against Voldemort is not going well; even Muggle governments are noticing. Ron scans the obituary pages of the Daily Prophet, looking for familiar names. Dumbledore is absent from Hogwarts for long stretches of time, and the Order of the Phoenix has already suffered losses.
And yet...
As in all wars, life goes on. Sixth-year students learn to Apparate — and lose a few eyebrows in the process. The Weasley twins expand their business. Teenagers flirt and fight and fall in love. Classes are never straightforward, though Harry receives some extraordinary help from the mysterious Half-Blood Prince.
So it's the home front that takes center stage in the multilayered sixth installment of the story of Harry Potter. Here are Hogwarts, Harry will search for the full and complex story of the boy who became Lord Voldemort — and thereby find what may be his only vulnerability
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** There WILL be spoilers for this book (and the final book) so if you haven’t read it yet, BEWARE. You’re gonna get spoiled! ** 

I felt a bit of pressure before starting HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE. It’s been a long time since I’ve re-read all of the books but I always claimed this one as my favorite of the series. After realizing how much my opinion of ORDER OF THE PHOENIX had changed, I was totally unsure of how HBP would go.

Right off the bat, though, I was still in love. I just love how this book really brings everything to the next level — from the plot to the adventure, Quidditch to romances — everything just gets bigger and better in HALF-BLOOD PRINCE. I think one of my favorite things about it is the introduction to Horcruxes. I just really love the layers that it adds to the plot and how it adds another sense of adventure for the characters. I also really, really love that we get to know more about the villain’s past. I LOVE when the reader gets to know more about the villain and his backstory. I think it adds so much to a book and even makes that villain a bit more human — whether that’s by a little or a lot. We all know how amazing J.K. Rowling is at her world building in these books so I guess I should never be surprised but that really is one of my favorite things about the entire series.

I really wasn’t big on many of the romances in this series. For me, Harry Potter was always more about action, adventure, friendship, learning, and well… magic. Movie Ginny kind of ruined book Ginny for me so I was really trying to give book Ginny another shot since I know where this story goes… I felt like she actually wasn’t hugely present in HALF-BLOOD PRINCE still so I didn’t feel like I had the opportunity to be bothered or charmed by her. She did make many appearances at the Slug Club parties and Quidditch matches, etc but for some reason I still felt like she wasn’t a very big character… I’m really interested to see how I feel about her in book seven because so far reading the books, I still don’t feel a lot! I do, of course, love the Ron and Hermione romance. You know I love best friendships turning into something more and this was a long time coming. It’s really interesting to see how this tension has slowly built and comes to its breaking point at the end of HALF-BLOOD PRINCE.

As always, I love the layers upon layers of world building. From getting to know more about Voldemort to the different classes the students take to the different places they visit… I just love getting lost in this world and something about the writing just makes me feel like it’s a real place, just out of my reach. I always love learning more about magic and what the rules are and what the limitations are. The Felix Felicis chapter is still one of my favorites and the cave scene at the end still creeps me out a lot. Then of course we have Dumbledore’s death. I’m not sure why — maybe I know the books/movies too well? — but I never really feel shaken by the deaths in these books (except for probably Fred, oh god, how will I read that) so I really didn’t get too worked up over his death… But I think for Dumbledore, it doesn’t really feel like he’s gone, you know? His portrait is in the headmaster’s office and we know he sort of… appears to Harry in the final book too. It’s Dumbledore. He’s the greatest wizard of all time. He may be dead but only kind of?

The great news is that HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE still stands as my favorite of the series so far! I was never able to place my love for the final book so it’ll be interesting to see where I come out on this re-read!

Ranking after re-read of book #1: [1] // [6, 4, 5, 7, 3, 2]
Ranking after re-read of book #2: [1, 2] // [6, 4, 5, 7, 3]
Ranking after re-read of book #3: [3, 1, 2] // [6, 4, 5, 7]
Ranking after re-read of book #4: [4, 3, 1, 2] // [6, 5, 7]
Ranking after re-read of book #5: [4, 3, 1, 5, 2] // [6, 7]
Ranking after re-read of book #6: [6, 4, 3, 1, 5, 2] // [7]

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“The View from Goodreads” is a featured section in my reviews that I decided to incorporate! I tend to update my Goodreads status a LOT when I read — reactions, feelings, notes — so I thought it would be fun to share the sort of “reading process”! All status updates are spoiler-free (no specific plot points will be revealed) but will contain reactions to certain pages and/or characters!

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Lavender Brown // Character Obsessions: Frivolous things, Won-won, kissing, giggling.
I kind of love Lavender Brown a little bit. She’s SO ridiculous but I really do like what she adds to the story. Without Ron & Lavender’s relationship, I don’t think Hermione’s jealousy would have escalated enough to FINALLY hit Ron over the head about their feelings for each other. Lavender was a little bit necessary for that so thank goodness for her, huh?

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Kept Me Hooked On: Felix Felicis. Can you imagine what a day would be like with Felix Felicis? I can only picture what one perfect day would be like… I loved that chapter when Harry took it! It was so interesting to see how things magically fell into place.
Left Me Wanting More: Ron & Hermione. They are JUST STARTING to realize what they actually mean to each other. GO FORTH, KIDS. Go forth and love!

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RE-READ IT!

Well, re-read if of course! This is still one of my favorites and I still highly recommend re-reading this whole series.

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BOOKS LIKE HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE

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Book and a Beverage [89] – Nicole from Feed Your Fiction Addiction

 

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Welcome back to BOOK AND A BEVERAGE!

In case you don’t know the deal about Book and a Beverage, it’s a very simple yet fun feature: We read books, we drink beverages, we take pictures of them and then I share your photos and a little about you to the blogging world!

Give a big welcome to Nicole from Feed Your Fiction Addiction!

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1 Name & Blog Name: Hi! I’m Nicole from Feed Your Fiction Addiction
Tell us a little about your blog! My blog is very aptly named because sometimes I do think I’m a little obsessed with books, and blogging definitely helps feed that addiction! I post a mix of reviews—lots of paranormal, fantasy and contemporary, both YA and NA (with some other genres and age ranges thrown in occasionally). I also love to write discussion posts and feature author interviews, giveaways and more! Feed Your Fiction Addiction has something for everyone (at least that’s my goal)!
What’s been your favorite post you’ve written so far? (Link us up!) Oooh, this is such a tough question! One that definitely stands out was my April Fools’ review of the dictionary. I’ve never had so much fun writing a post! At the time, it didn’t say April Fools’ in the title, and lots of people were fooled (at least at first). I think one of my favorite discussion posts was Let’s Discuss: I’m a Disorganized Blogger. Thank goodness I was able to join your 2015 Book Blogger Organization Challenge, Brittany!
Got anything special coming up we should know about? Right now, the thing I’m most excited about is the 2015 Book Blog Discussion Challenge that I’m co-hosting with Shannon from It Starts at Midnight. Already in January, we have more than 50 discussion posts linked up, and I’ve loved talking books with my fellow bloggers! Sign-ups are open all year long, so come join us (or, at least come check out all of the discussions you’ve been missing out on!).

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Book and a BeverageWhatcha reading? Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Where did it come from? (Library, purchased, publisher, etc) I got this book at BEA back in May (and was able to get it signed! Yay!).
Any special reason you chose to feature this book? I recently did a Top Ten Tuesday feature on the 2014 releases I hadn’t gotten to yet, and this was one of them. It inspired me to get going on those books! I’ve already read another book on the list (Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins), and so I decided to pick up this one next. (I’m also reading Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, which is awesome, but that one’s on my Kindle and, let’s face it, a picture of my Kindle just isn’t nearly as exciting.)
What’s important that we should know about this book? Would you recommend it? Honestly, I just started reading it, so I haven’t gotten very far. But I’ve heard amazing things about the book, so I have very high hopes! Check out my blog in a week or two to see my review!

beverageWhatcha drinking? A white chocolate mocha from Starbucks! (And, later, Evolution Fresh orange juice.)
What’s your favorite thing to drink while reading? I drink coffee first thing in the morning, and then usually just switch to water for most of the rest of the day. Ironically, I just started drinking coffee a few months ago. Before that, I hated it, but I decided that I needed the caffeine (I’m not a morning person!), so I forced myself to start drinking it.
Favorite beverage of all time. Go! Cheggnog (an eggnog chai latte) from Starbucks! I discovered this drink over the Christmas season this year, and I LOVE it!

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What are your top three books you would recommend to other people? Oh, Boise! These questions are so hard! Okay, I’m just going with the first three I think of, and I’m going to try not to overthink it. Let’s see, in the NA category, I’ve been raving about Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover ever since I read it last year. If someone’s a fan of dystopians, I always recommend the Unwind series by Neal Shusterman because it’s AMAZING and doesn’t get as much attention as a lot of other YA dystopians. And for sci-fi/fantasy, I always push the Starbound series by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.
What’s your proudest blogging/reading/writing moment? I think my proudest moments have been when authors have reached out to me about my reviews of their books. I honestly LOVE spreading the word about books that I love, and it’s exciting when an author acknowledges that! Oh, and meeting authors and tons of other bloggers at BEA—that was a fantastic experience!
Anything else you’d like to share? Not specifically, but I SO appreciate the chance to hang out on your blog, Brittany! Thanks for hosting this awesome feature!

Thanks, Nicole!! I REALLY need to read These Broken Stars SOON. I definitely want to get to it in early 2015!! Thanks SO much for joining the Book Blogger Organization Challenge too! :) :)

I hope you enjoyed getting to know Nicole! Connect with her at the links below!
Blog // Twitter // Facebook // Pinterest // Goodreads

And don’t forget! You can participate in Book and a Beverage at any time! Got a book? Got a beverage? Just tweet or post your photo on Instagram using the hashtag #bookandabeverage and I’ll retweet or repost your photo!

Sign-ups are once again CLOSED (you guys sign up so quickly!) and I am booked through May 2015! It will be a long wait, but keep your eyes peeled for sign-ups to reopen in the spring!

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Discussion: On Changing Ratings

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I realized I hadn’t done a discussion in a while — not for lack of desire but when things get hectic, I usually have less time to sit down and THINK about things and write them up — so after mentioning this on Twitter, Estelle happened to comment and ask for my thoughts on her review of I Was Here by Gayle Forman, which was both related and unrelated all at the same time. She thought our opinions differed a little bit and wanted to see my reaction about her thoughts, and after reading Estelle’s post (and general reflection on my feelings about the book once again), I decided to change my rating.

Now this isn’t something I normally do. Usually my feelings are best assessed immediately upon finishing a book. Everything is fresh in my mind — both feelings and plot — and so I can make a very informed and confident decision. But there are some books that need a little more time before I can put my final rating on it and I Was Here was one of them. I actually DID wait to write my review (and not just because I was lazy — because I was actually unsure of how I felt) and when I finally did post it, it was much longer than I anticipated… But going back to what I wrote really felt like I was justifying my rating instead of simply relaying my thoughts on the book. Why??? Yes, it’s true that I made this decision after I read reviews from other people and yes, it’s true that they pointed out things that I maybe hadn’t noticed BUT that’s not the reason I’m changing my rating. They were all only saying things that I already felt but almost tried to cover up and convince myself weren’t a big deal.

You see, I’m a HUGE Gayle Forman fan. Her If I Stay and Just One Day duologies are some of my ALL-TIME FAVORITE BOOKS EVER. I was afraid with Just One Day that I wasn’t going to love it as much as If I Stay and Where She Went and I really felt the pressure to fall in love with a new book from my favorite author. I felt a teensy bit unsure when I finished because Just One Day was different in its own ways and yet I KNOW that I fell in love with the characters, with the setting, with the plot, and all of the book’s little nuances, so when I finished I Was Here, I was sure that it was the same situation. That little sliver of doubt was just the fact that the book was different, I told myself. It was more plot-heavy than character-driven and that’s why it felt so different. Well yes, that’s true, but REALLY looking back on the book? I didn’t love it. I still liked it plenty and Gayle’s writing is always impressive, but I really and truly was missing those personal connections to the characters — both the personality connection with the main character and the swooning connection with the love interest. They were both there but not quite enough for me to totally fall in love. Deep down, I really did know it but I just didn’t want to admit that I didn’t LOVE a book by one of my all-time favorite authors. I Was Here is still pre-ordered and I will still treasure my copy, but I can tell that it does need a bit of a rating adjustment.

So how do I need to know if I should change my rating? It’s not something I take lightly because I don’t want to believe I was influenced by someone else or something else other than my level of enjoyment as I was reading and how I felt afterwards. Here are a few questions I’ve started to ask myself as I’m gathering my thoughts to write my review:

DID I HAVE EXPECTATIONS?

I mean, of course before I start ANY book, I have expectations but were they high? Were they low? Did this book fail to live up to what I thought it was going to be and therefore rated too harshly? Or did I rate it higher because I WANTED it to live up to those expectations? Or was I MORE impressed because it surpassed my expectations?
RATING CHANGED FOR: I Was Here (bumped down from 4.5 stars to 4 stars)

DID I GET CAUGHT UP IN THE HYPE?

Let’s face it. Being a book blogger sometimes means reading hugely anticipated titles before or right around the release day. Any books that are by favorite authors or sounds unique or exciting automatically get hyped, even without the readers meaning to do so. That means that any of these big titles can get quite intimidating and I feel the pressure to agree with all of the amazing reviews and opinions floating around.
Sometimes if I read a book that was seriously hyped, I feel like I SHOULD have loved it, even if I didn’t. It’s stupid, right? I don’t need to fluff up my rating just to agree with the masses. I think, “Oh, I really did enjoy that. YOU’RE RIGHT” and I ended up giving a half star more than I might, here or there. Even looking back now, I really did enjoy The Winner’s Curse and even looking back on The Winner’s Crime… I really, really enjoy CRIME but the fact that I didn’t love CURSE still hung over my head. I stuck with my 4-star ratings on CURSE, but I think I’m bumping my rating down for CRIME. I bumped it up a quarter star due to the ending but the ending can’t save the book every time!
RATING CHANGED FOR: The Winner’s Crime (bumped down from 4.5 stars to 4.25 stars)

DO I FEEL THE URGE TO RE-READ THE BOOK?

This more applies to the higher ratings than anything, but actually anywhere between 3.75 and 4.5 stars are the hardest ratings for me to pick and the ones that tend to get changed the most! If I rate it two or three stars, chances are there are very solid reasons why and that rating isn’t going anywhere. My rating scale varies from the “traditional” scale so anything above a 4 means there’s a chance I’ll re-read and 4.5 to 5  is definite re-read material. Do I REALLY want to re-read I Was Here? Maybe someday but it’s not an immediate pull that I’ve had with other books so that tells me it should be more of a 4.25 rating than a 4.5.
RATING SOLIDIFIED: The Start of Me and You (4 stars)


So what are your thoughts, friends? Do you ever change ratings? If you have, what are the reasons why you decided to make the change? Were they any of the same thoughts I had here? I’d love to hear your feedback! What prompts you to re-assess your feelings on a book?

Top Ten Tuesday – January 20, 2015: My Top Ten Fantasy Books (So Far)

 

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TOP TEN TUESDAY
January 20, 2015

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic was a freebie so I chose: My Top Ten Fantasy Books (so far)

I’ve only somewhat recently gotten into fantasy. For the longest time I thought they just weren’t for me… until I picked up the RIGHT books and then slowly eased into the genre. It seems silly that I didn’t used to enjoy them because now fantasy novels make up some of my all-time favorites and I have a hunger for them that I currently cannot satisfy! (And okay, it’s much MUCH more than ten.)

Because fantasy for me is a bit more of a recent thing, I wanted to spend this week’s Top Ten Tuesday sharing a few of my favorites all in one place!

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I have a LOT more fantasy to catch up on but I’m slowly making my way through everything I’ve missed! Let me know which are your favorites and what I should look out for!

When Joss Met Matt – Ellie Cahill

When Joss Met Matt – Ellie CahillTitle: When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill, Liz Czukas
Date Completed: December 5, 2014
Publishing Info: February 24, 2015 by Random House Publishing Group
Source: egalley approved by publisher -- Thank you!!
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Find it on the web: Goodreads // Buy from Amazon
    Ellie Cahill is poised to coin the term “sorbet sex” with her charming twist on the age-old ‘friends-with-benefits’ story.
    Dating can be fun, but it can leave a nasty taste in your mouth. For Joss, ever since her longtime boyfriend cheated on her, she doesn’t want her last memory of a guy to be that jerk. Enter her college friend, Matt. They come up with a theory: after a bad break-up, a person needs to cleanse the palate with a little sorbet sex. Lovers for a night, but always back to being friends in the morning. The two can handle it because they have a contract: rules they wrote, rules they follow and rules they can sometimes bend. The arrangement works: everyone needs a little sorbet now and again … until it starts to be the only thing you want. And then Joss breaks the one rule they never wrote down: don’t fall in love.

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I love Liz Czukas (sorry, I mean Ellie Cahill *wink*) and so I knew I would love WHEN JOSS MET MATT but I didn’t realize how MUCH I would love it. Her debut novel, Ask Again Later, totally won me over but WHEN JOSS MET MATT had me totally falling head over heels for these characters, the story, and how much I connected with absolutely everything (and I already have it pre-ordered).

WHEN JOSS MET MATT is everything I want New Adult to be. Always. We first meet the two during Joss’s first years of college and when a good relationship goes bad, she leans more and more on her new friend Matt who also helped her coin the new idea of “sorbet sex” (having sex with someone else after a bad encounter to wipe the slate clean). I’m not shy around sex in books but there are quite a few times in the new adult books that I’ve read that the sex scenes become tawdry and over-the-top and unrealistic, so although there is plenty of sex in WHEN JOSS MET MATT (hey, that is the whole concept of the book…), it never felt silly or awkward to read (well, except when it was supposed to be)!

The characters were fantastic too. I LOVE Joss and have been in her shoes so many times. I just really connected and although I may not have been in the exact same predicaments, everything was just so incredibly relatable no matter what it was. She and Matt are both just totally normal people. No one is over the top sexy or hunky but there’s enough attraction between the two to flirt with that line of best friends vs something more (MY FAV) and see how the two end up.

Books with flashbacks/flashforwards are often “take it or leave it” for me but I loved the back and forth in WHEN JOSS MET MATT. We start to get to know Joss & Matt in college but the story constantly flashes back and forth between their past and their present day (which also made me VERY NERVOUS but in a good way). It takes a great author to really make those scenes fit together plot-wise even though they’re not chronological and I love the way Ellie Cahill handled them.

But really my favorite part was just the overall feel. I loved that it took place in Wisconsin since I’m from Illinois (and one scene in Chicago!) and I felt that Midwestern vibe, which may not be much different than any other setting, but it really helps me connect that much more. Everyone is very down-to-earth and the situations these two ended up in felt like they could happen to me — or HAVE happened to me. The book was funny yet serious, sexy and sweet, and I absolutely love love loved the ending. If you’re not a fan of new adult, PLEASE try this book! I absolutely adored it and it’s one that I think could easily appeal to YA, new adult, and adult fiction lovers alike.

THE VIEW FROM GOODREADS

“The View from Goodreads” is a featured section in my reviews that I decided to incorporate! I tend to update my Goodreads status a LOT when I read — reactions, feelings, notes — so I thought it would be fun to share the sort of “reading process”! All status updates are spoiler-free (no specific plot points will be revealed) but will contain reactions to certain pages and/or characters!

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Joss // Character Obsessions: Friendships, her job, her cat, Matt, sexy underwear.
Joss is just your girl next door. And I absolutely loved her for that. She’s not what you’d necessarily define as traditionally beautiful but she’s still a normal-looking girl and has a normal life. I loved her little quirks — especially her love for sexy underwear (because let’s be honest. It makes us all feel super sexy even if no one sees it) — and I just totally clicked with her. She has a great sense of humor and may say a little TOO much sometimes but I loved that she reminded me of a combination of both myself and a few of my friends.
Matt // Character Obsessions: Family, friendship, dating, Joss.
OH MATT. I loved him. He was a great best friend, so funny, so nice, and yet still a “typical” guy. He was so funny and had really great chemistry with Joss. Also infuriating at times, but hey, that’s what happens with both guy best friends and when you’re interested in your guy best friend. I just loved how relatable he seemed as well!

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Kept Me Hooked On: New Adult. YAYYYY this is what I want all new adult to be! I know the “typical” thought about NA is that it’s sexed up and well… this definitely has a lot of sex in it but it isn’t overly-explicit and I really think that extends its appeal to so many more readers. It’s not just a romance novel — it’s so much more.
Left Me Wanting More: Of this book! I didn’t want it to end. I just loved every second of this book and it was so, so perfect.

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BUY IT!

No, seriously. BUY THIS BOOK. If you’re a fan of YA or NA or Adult contemporary, you should definitely read this. And buy it. And hug it. I loved it!

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BOOKS LIKE WHEN JOSS MET MATT

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Rule of Three: Fight for Power Blog Tour

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Welcome to the blog tour for
FIGHT FOR POWER by Eric Walters!

Firstly, a big thank you to Macmillan for putting this blog tour together! I’m always so excited to be a part of these tours and so grateful I get to participate!

If you’re not familiar with FIGHT FOR POWER, it’s the second book in the RULE OF THREE trilogy by Eric Walters. Here’s a bit more info on the book itself before we head on over to the blog post:

FIGHT FOR POWERPublishing Info: January 20th 2015 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Genre: Young Adult (Apocalyptic)
Find It Online:  Goodreads // Amazon // B&N

   “The world keeps getting darker in this second reality-based survival adventure in the Rule of Three trilogy 
After sixty-six days of a catastrophic global blackout, life in the suburbs is not what it used to be for Adam and his fortified neighborhood of Eden Mills. Although an explosive clash has minimized one threat from outside the walls, Adam’s battle-hardened mentor, Herb, continues to make decisions in the name of security that are increasingly wrenching and questionable. Like his police chief mom and others, Adam will follow Herb’s lead. But when the next threat comes from an unexpected direction, nobody is ready for it. And someone is going to pay the price—because of Adam’s mistakes and mistaken trust.” — From Goodreads

GUEST POST FROM ERIC WALTERS
So who’s your favorite character that you write?

In the Rule of Three trilogy the story is told first person through the eyes of Adam.  I have certainly embedded a great deal of myself into his actions and thoughts.  It’s strange though how my chief protagonist is often not my ‘favorite character’.   Don’t get me wrong, I like Adam, but the character who most fascinated me is Herb.  Herb is Adam’s retired next-door neighbor.  He’s not the sort of guy who yells at you for being on his lawn.  Mostly he’s just a nice, friendly guy, but occasionally there are flashes, something in his eyes that makes you think you really don’t want to ‘mess’ with this guy.  He’s a retired government employee – he says he was ‘just a paper pusher’ who worked at U.S. embassies around the world.  As the crisis develops it seems that Herb is always a step or two ahead of everybody else.  It turns out that Herb was more than just a paper pusher.  He worked for the C.I.A. in Clandestine Ops – sometimes called Black Ops.  He’s been around the world, has seen things happen and knows what to do.  Even more than that, he’s not afraid to do what needs to be done.

Throughout the novels there is a continuous interaction between Adam and Herb.  Adam is changed by the situations confronting him and tutored by Herb in the steps that need to be taken.  At the same time Herb is transformed by the thoughts and actions of Adam.  He learns not only who he is, but what he really believes in.  He is the character who seems to most have the answers to what is going on around them, but still he continues to evolve internally.  It is that internal journey of Herb that truly made him fascinating for me to write and continues to be fascinating to read.


 A big, big thank you to author Eric Walters for taking the time to write up this guest post for me! I really love that your main protagonist doesn’t necessarily equal favorite character!

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