Boost It Tuesday! – March 28, 2017

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Have you noticed that despite ALL of your Facebook “Likes” you are only “reaching” a very small portion of those followers? Does that bother you? It bothers us, and we want to boost each other up. Link up with Every Free Chance BooksIf These Books Could Talk, and Between My Lines.

 

What is Boost It Tuesday, you ask? Well, we want to help each other out. We are a great community of bloggers and authors, and we should be supporting each other. Share your Facebook address below, then visit the Facebook pages, like 3-5 posts, share or comment on 1 or 2 posts. That’s it. You don’t have to “like” the page if you don’t want to, just “like” some posts. Let’s help expand each other’s page reach. Who knows! You may find a new blog or author to follow along the away. Please be aware that any non-Facebook links will be deleted.

 

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Gina’s Review: The Nix by Nathan Hill

The NixThe Nix 
written by Nathan Hill
published by Knopf, 2016

find it here: (affiliate links) Barnes & Noble, AmazoniBooks, Book Depository, Goodreads


Did I enjoy this book: 
This book is an EXPERIENCE. It’s a slow start, but as it progresses it gets better and better. There are a lot of details you have to keep straight, and the cast of characters is a mix of ones you’ll love and ones you won’t. There’s some mystery, and as you uncover more and more of the story, you’ll be excited to piece it together. You’ll get a look into the world of a protesting hippie–it isn’t always pretty, but it feels real. The way Nathan Hill mirrors some of today’s political climate with that of years ago is eerie. It’s truly an awesome book, although it is over six hundred pages, so prepare yourself for a long read.

GOLDEN LINE

“Sometimes we’re so wrapped up in our own story that we don’t see how we’re supporting characters in someone else’s.”

 

 

Would I recommend it: Yes! This is definitely a book I think everyone should try and read.

 

Gina

About the book – from Goodreads: It’s 2011, and Samuel Andresen-Anderson—college professor, stalled writer—has a Nix of his own: his mother, Faye. He hasn’t seen her in decades, not since she abandoned the family when he was a boy. Now she’s re-appeared, having committed an absurd crime that electrifies the nightly news, beguiles the internet, and inflames a politically divided country. The media paint Faye as a radical hippie with a sordid past, but as far as Samuel knows, his mother was an ordinary girl who married her high-school sweetheart. Which version of his mother is true? Two facts are certain: she’s facing some serious charges, and she needs Samuel’s help.

To save her, Samuel will have to embark on his own journey, uncovering long-buried secrets about the woman he thought he knew, secrets that stretch across generations and have their origin all the way back in Norway, home of the mysterious Nix. As he does so, Samuel will confront not only Faye’s losses but also his own lost love and will relearn everything he thought he knew about his mother and himself.

 

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Boost It Tuesday! – March 14, 2017

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Have you noticed that despite ALL of your Facebook “Likes” you are only “reaching” a very small portion of those followers? Does that bother you? It bothers us, and we want to boost each other up. Link up with Every Free Chance BooksIf These Books Could Talk, and Between My Lines.

 

What is Boost It Tuesday, you ask? Well, we want to help each other out. We are a great community of bloggers and authors, and we should be supporting each other. Share your Facebook address below, then visit the Facebook pages, like 3-5 posts, share or comment on 1 or 2 posts. That’s it. You don’t have to “like” the page if you don’t want to, just “like” some posts. Let’s help expand each other’s page reach. Who knows! You may find a new blog or author to follow along the away. Please be aware that any non-Facebook links will be deleted.

 

Here are some tips for Boosting. A big thanks to Kate at If These Books Could Talk for the image!

 
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We will be featuring one blogger or author on the Boost It Tuesday post. We hope that you will visit that blogger or author and give their page a bit of extra BIT attention!

 
 

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Jaclyn’s Review: What’s Left of Us by Amanda Maxlyn

What's Left of Us (What's Left of Me, #2)What’s Left of Us
written by Amanda Maxlyn
published by Amanda Maxlyn, LLC, 2014

find it here: (affiliate links) Barnes & NobleAmazon, iBooksBook Depository, Goodreads

Did I enjoy this book: Yes! This one was another good read! I like the idea of following up on characters after the end of a story I enjoy, so I’m a big fan of sequels. This one definitely delivered. This book kept things (mostly) light and happy, with enough drama to keep the story moving forward. It became a little predictable–around the middle of the book, you could tell how it was going to end. This book is also just as steamy as the first book–whew!

You can read my review of the first book, What’s Left of Me, here.

 

Would I recommend it: Absolutely. This was a quick and easy read. Like the first book, this leaves you feeling connected to the characters and happy at the end. Sometimes it’s nice to read a book that doesn’t make you think too hard and just lets you happily escape into someone else’s world–this is that book.

 

jaclyn

 

About the book – from Goodreads:

The heartwarming conclusion to What’s Left of Me.

Love found me three years ago.

I’m cancer free, happily married to the love of my life, and working toward my dream career.

Our life is complete. Perfect, really.

Or is it?

I’ve always wanted a family of my own, but never dreamed I could have one. Now Parker’s ready to make my dream our reality.

But sometimes our dreams are haunted by our deepest fears. Fears of failure, having a child, and in our case … death. How do I help the person I love get over his fear when I’m still trying to overcome that same fear myself?

Together we must learn What’s Left of Us.

 

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Jaclyn’s Review: The Next by Stephanie Gangi

The Next 
written by Stephanie Gangi
published by St. Martin’s Press, 2016

find it here: (affiliate links) Barnes & NobleAmazoniBooks, Book Depository, Goodreads

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
This one is tough. I love the plot of this book–I love the idea of it. The first 1/3 of this book was written SO WELL. This book frequently switches voices/perspectives, so you’ll see the same scene played out through the eyes of different characters. I love this approach to writing. This was especially great at the beginning of this book, since Joanna is dying of cancer and doesn’t speak–you get her inner monologue as well as the external view of the situation from her daughters.

 Unfortunately, the writing really dragged down the plot of the story for the rest of the book. Once Joanna dies, you get her perspective as a ghost (not a spoiler, since this book is described as a “ghost story”). The writer spends so much time describing mundane details and, essentially, whining through Joanna’s voice–the book just gets difficult to read. The plot is still good, and I think it was a good decision to keep part of it told through Joanna’s voice–it just wasn’t executed well.

 

All in all, this book was OK. I wanted to like it more than I did.

 

Would I recommend it: I struggled with this, but I would not recommend this book. I would return to this book night after night, but not to find out what happens next–only to get to the end.

 

jaclyn

About the book – from Goodreads: Is there a right way to die? If so, Joanna DeAngelis has it all wrong. She’s consumed by betrayal, spending her numbered days obsessing over Ned McGowan, her much younger ex, and watching him thrive in the spotlight with someone new, while she wastes away. She’s every woman scorned, fantasizing about revenge … except she’s out of time.

Joanna falls from her life, from the love of her daughters and devoted dog, into an otherworldly landscape, a bleak infinity she can’t escape until she rises up and returns and sets it right―makes Ned pay―so she can truly move on.

From the other side into right this minute, Jo embarks on a sexy, spiritual odyssey. As she travels beyond memory, beyond desire, she is transformed into a fierce female force of life, determined to know how to die, happily ever after.

 

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Melissa’s Review: Caught Between Two Curses by Margo L. Dill

Caught Between Two Curses
written by Margo L. Dill
published by Rocking Horse Publishing, 2014

find it here: (affiliate links) AmazonBook Depository, Goodreads

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
I’ll be honest with you: If I’d have seen the cover of this book before I started reading, I’d have given it a pass. I know, I know, you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but yeesh. So yeah. It’s . . . cute, I guess. Utterly predictable but fun. Maybe I’d have enjoyed it more if I was a baseball fan.

 

Would I recommend it: Not really.

 

 

Melissa

 

About the book – from Goodreads: Seventeen-year-old Julie Nigelson is cursed. So is her entire family. And it’s not just any-old-regular curse, either-it’s strangely connected to the famous “Curse of the Billy Goat” on the Chicago Cubs. Julie must figure out this mystery while her uncle lies in a coma and her entire love life is in ruins: her boyfriend Gus is pressuring her to have sex, while her best friend Matt is growing more attractive to her all the time. Somehow, Julie must figure out how to save her uncle, her family’s future, and her own love life-and time is running out!

 

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Melissa’s Review: Book of Immortals: Disciple by Kassandra Lynn

Disciple (Book of Immortals, #1)

Book of Immortals: Disciple
written by Kassandra Lynn
published by CreateSpace, 2014

find it here: (affiliate links)  AmazonGoodreads

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
I did. It took me a few pages to get used to the reserved, almost detached way Celine narrates, but it makes sense given the setting. After re-reading the teaser blurb, I must admit it wasn’t clear to me that Celine was dead. I guess I thought, especially once she found another person in her situation, that it was going to be some sort of “and then I woke up from my coma six months after the plane crash” ending. So I guess my question is this: if Celine is really dead, and Shann is Celine’s reincarnation, why doesn’t Shann think she’s in a real place? Why does she assume the people she interacts with aren’t real? She can accept reincarnation and immortality and living underwater for 49 days in a world that appears to be based on the last book she read, but she can’t fall for her senior apprentice because he’s not a real person? It was just a bit inconsistent to me.

This book is weird. Like, GOOD weird. It’s got a Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon meets Magic: The Gathering vibe, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Don’t let my confusion deter you–this book is really, really cool.

 

GOLDEN LINES

“Even luck is a type of strength.”

“I’m merely carrying out my heart’s deepest wishes without the influence and pressure of other people.”

 

 

Would I recommend it: Yes. Go for it.

 

Melissa

 

About the book – from Goodreads: Librarian’s note: Alternate cover edition of ISBN 9781500641573.

Following her death in a plane crash, Celine discovers that neither heaven nor hell is an option for her. Miraculously, she’s transformed into the antagonist of the book she’d read prior to her demise. Now she must navigate this strange new immortal life, knowing that the antagonist’s journey won’t end well. Between covering up her devil ancestry in an immortal school and trying to understand her feelings for a senior apprentice, can Celine circumvent her impending doomsday to create a favorable plot twist?

 

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Boost It Tuesday! – February 28, 2017

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Have you noticed that despite ALL of your Facebook “Likes” you are only “reaching” a very small portion of those followers? Does that bother you? It bothers us, and we want to boost each other up. Link up with Every Free Chance BooksIf These Books Could Talk, and Between My Lines.

 

What is Boost It Tuesday, you ask? Well, we want to help each other out. We are a great community of bloggers and authors, and we should be supporting each other. Share your Facebook address below, then visit the Facebook pages, like 3-5 posts, share or comment on 1 or 2 posts. That’s it. You don’t have to “like” the page if you don’t want to, just “like” some posts. Let’s help expand each other’s page reach. Who knows! You may find a new blog or author to follow along the away. Please be aware that any non-Facebook links will be deleted.

 

Here are some tips for Boosting. A big thanks to Kate at If These Books Could Talk for the image!

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Melissa’s Review: Girl Underwater by Claire Kells

Girl Underwater

Girl Underwater
written by Claire Kells
published by Dutton, 2015

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
I loved this book. I couldn’t put it down. It’s possible I shunned my parenting duties, asked Husband to order takeout, and spent the entire evening sitting in my favorite reading spot. I think the kids slept in their clothes last night . . . But I digress.

I can’t say enough good things about this book. It’s got perfect flow–the right amount of back-and-forth, the right intensity. The story doesn’t come together too quickly or too slowly, and though it’s pretty obvious which man Avery will end up with, the hows and whys are less predictable. The prose is lovely. The characters can be a bit cliche at times (I mean, Colin ought to have SOME flaws, right?), but it didn’t bother me too much. In sum: this is the best book I’ve read in a long while.

 

GOLDEN LINES

“As he pretends to doze, the snow sneaks through cracks in the roof, settling on our heads and shoulders. It reminds me of a finely tuned performance: nature’s silent display of beauty, wonder, and merciless power.”

“He must’ve brushed his teeth after that coffee, which I know is a weird thing to think right now, but it streaks across my mind anyway, a grain of comfort in the chaos.”

“Or maybe it’s just the accumulation of things, the dutiful progression of time marked by the dutiful collection of meaningless possessions.”

 

 

Would I recommend it: Absolutely.

 

Melissa

 

About the book – from Goodreads: An adventurous debut novel that cross cuts between a competitive college swimmer’s harrowing days in the Rocky Mountains after a major airline disaster and her recovery supported by the two men who love her—only one of whom knows what really happened in the wilderness.

Nineteen-year-old Avery Delacorte loves the water. Growing up in Brookline, Massachusetts, she took swim lessons at her community pool and captained the local team; in high school, she raced across bays and sprawling North American lakes. Now a sophomore on her university’s nationally ranked team, she struggles under the weight of new expectations but life is otherwise pretty good. Perfect, really.

That all changes when Avery’s red-eye home for Thanksgiving makes a ditch landing in a mountain lake in the Colorado Rockies. She is one of only five survivors, which includes three little boys and Colin Shea, who happens to be her teammate. Colin is also the only person in Avery’s college life who challenged her to swim her own events, to be her own person—something she refused to do. Instead she’s avoided him since the first day of freshman year. But now, faced with sub-zero temperatures, minimal supplies, and the dangers of a forbidding nowhere, Avery and Colin must rely on each other in ways they never could’ve imagined.

In the wilderness, the concept of survival is clear-cut. Simple. In the real world, it’s anything but.

 

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Chrissy’s Review: Sugar and Ice by Aven Ellis

Sugar and Ice (Rinkside in the Rockies #1)
written by Aven Ellis
published by RJM Publishing, 2016

find it here: (affiliate links) Amazon, Goodreads

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
I loved it. Of course I did. I read it every free chance I had. I didn’t want to put it down!

Josephine is a baker who loves her job testing recipes for Bake It! Magazine, but she’s looking for more. Cade is a forward for the Denver Mountain Lions hockey team with a reputation for being fierce. They are both passionate about their jobs, and when they meet due to a faulty oven, sparks fly. Ms. Ellis knows how to write a relationship that will make you happy and giddy and hope for the two main characters to find their happily ever after. I just smiled and giggled and did a few happy dances throughout this story. It is one of my favorites from Ms. Ellis. Truly.

I can’t wait for the next Rinkside in the Rockies book!

 

 

Would I recommend it: Do you have to ask? Of course! Read it! Read every book by Ms. Ellis. =)

 

Chrissy

 

About the book – from Goodreads: Sugar and Ice is the first full-length novel in the Rinkside in the Rockies Series by Aven Ellis!

Josephine Rossi has recovered from a broken heart, but has vowed that she’s all about the desserts now as a recipe tester for Bake It! Magazine. Cheesecake never breaks your heart. Unless it cracks on the top, but still, it tastes amazing if you bake it just right. She knows what to do in the kitchen as far as making luscious desserts. Men? Apparently she’s not so good at figuring them out, so she refuses to bother. Josephine knows it is safer to stay in the kitchen than to take another chance with her heart.

Denver Mountain Lions forward Cade Callahan is passionate about hockey, but is also about finding love. He thought he had it once, but a disastrous romance last holiday season has him keeping his heart in check. While he’s fearless on the ice, he’s guarded with his heart. Cade is determined history won’t repeat itself again. He won’t let his guard down until he’s certain he’s met The One.

However, Cupid’s arrow might just strike when these two least expect it. When an oven goes out, and a cheesecake for testing has to be baked, and Cade just happens to live in the same building with a working oven…Well, things other than cheesecake might just heat up in the kitchen. Can these two passionate people learn to trust their hearts again? Can love override fear for Josephine and Cade? And will they find the combination of sugar and ice is the sweetest one of all?

 

 

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