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Outerlands by Jared R. Lopatin

Published March 31, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

We all loved Alice in Wonderland.

In THE OUTERLANDS, a YA novel by Jared R. Lopatin, Wonderland gets a twist.

It’s intense and utterly whimsical!

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BOOK SUMMERY:

Alex didn’t want to die, but he just couldn’t take it anymore. Dwight’s pills seemed to promise escape… and escape is exactly what he gets. He ends up in a world reminiscent of his childhood Wonderland, but nothing is as it was in Alice’s day. The Outerlands are a twisted version of his favorite story, with strange characters and unnatural dangers. Before he can get used to his new home, it’s threatened by an outside force. Will Alex ever find a place where he feels safe?

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EXCERPT:

Death is rarely a choice and, when it is, it’s usually a final choice. After all, for all that most people know, there are no choices after death. Alex certainly thought this would be the case. And he would have been right. If.

If.

Such a small word – barely two letters – that encompasses so much. So much uncertainty. So much dependency. So much…possibility. It was this very possibility that launched one Alexander Carroll Lewis into a Realm of curiosity. This special journey hinged on that two letter word – if. Even in the midst of all of the madness, he knew that was the root of everything. He traced the ifs back through from the recent to the past.

If he hadn’t swallowed the pills.

If he hadn’t bought the pills.

If he hadn’t fought back.

If he hadn’t met Jay.

If he hadn’t gone to that school.

If he hadn’t lived in that town.

If he hadn’t lived at all.

Strangely enough, or perhaps not strangely at all, it was this last if that prompted him toward the first if in the first place. He saw the latter as a solution for the former. What he was about to find out was that there was no solution to the last if because the last if wasn’t a problem that needed solving at all. Eventually, he found his way to the problem and the solution, but that won’t happen until the end of this story.

This is only the beginning.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Jared fell in love with stories at a very young age. This love led him to major in English and Theatre, a decision that brought him many adventures, such as performing in Footloose, Cats, and West Side Story. His first full novel, Rising Sign, was started backstage during a production of South Pacific in Indiana. Five years later, his debut novel was complete and he headed back to school for his Masters in Special Education. By the time he graduated, he had written the following two books in the trilogy, Ruling House and Returning Planet. He used his school experiences as a base for his standalone novel, Let’s Play It By Ear. His newest novels, The Outerlands and The Good Witch are slated for release in 2015. Jared currently lives in New York City with his cats, Benedick and Beatrice. He works during the day as a high school English teacher and theatre director at a Deaf school.

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Book Review: Crossing Abby Road by Ophelia London

Published March 30, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

Crossing Abby Road (Abby Road #2)

Title- Crossing Abby Road

Author- Ophelia London

Publisher- Entangled Publishing

Release Date- March 31, 2015

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BOOK SUMMERY:

Todd Camford went from Marine sniper to owning a beachfront surf shop in Florida, and he couldn’t be happier. Unfortunately, the programming from his training hasn’t quite been eliminated. His ex called him an unfeeling cyborg, but he’s a free-flying, unfettered hawk, damn it. Relationships are out of the question…

And then she comes into his shop.

Everyone knows who Abigail Kelly is—mega rockstar, tabloid fixture. Still, nothing prepares Todd for Abby’s smoky gray eyes or the swift breathlessness of their instant chemistry. He’d be an ass (or possibly insane) to think he can resist her. Just for today, maybe he’ll keep an eye on her to make sure she doesn’t get mobbed. Because really, how much damage could one day with a super-hot, kick-ass celebrity really do?

MY THOUGHTS

“I wasn’t Superman. If I was, though, the girl in my arms was more lethal to me than kryptonite”

I absolutely adored both Todd and Abby in Abby Road and I was very happy to get a chance to read Todd’s side of the story. It also made me like Todd even more than I did before.

It was interesting to read the whole book of a guy’s point of view and I think that Ms. London did a great job doing it. I liked that this story filled in some of the blanks that I was missing before. I also learned a lot about Todd and what he was actually feeling.

If you are interested in reading this book, I do recommend you read the first book beforehand. I think Todd’s story willed in some missing parts, but without reading the first one you might feel that Todd and Abby’s story isn’t finished yet. This book’s time frame is only a day, and I wish it went a bit past a day. I still want to know what was going through his mind at other times too.

Book Review: Untimely by J & L Wells

Published March 29, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

Untimely (An Untimely Romance, #1)

Title- Untimely

Author- J & L Wells

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BOOK SUMMERY:

Heather Richardson is a seventeen-year-old British girl whose life quickly becomes an emotional roller coaster when she meets Ruben Brown, a twenty-year-old man who works for her father at Freesdon Manor. As much as Heather wants to love Ruben, the cracks in their relationship begin to show as her eighteenth birthday draws nigh. In a surprising turn of events Heather is confronted by Frank, an intriguing man from a past that dates back to the nineteenth century. His untimely presence changes everything. When she’s thrown back in time by an unrelenting force, Heather realizes that her life is not what it appears to be. Her future has already been written, and it seems she cannot escape her fate, a fate determined by a love lost long ago. In her struggle to find herself, Heather must chose her destiny amidst a dangerous love triangle, vengeful lovers, and passions controlled by the hands of time.

MY THOUGHTS:

I first read J & L Wells’ writing when I read Disturbingly Beautiful, and that was my first time travel read. When I saw Untimely on Netgalley I knew I needed to read this story as well!

Heather Richardson is 17 and has never truly had much experience with boys, but then she meets Ruben, she is smitten! Right away she was telling her parents about her new boyfriend Ruben. I thought it was a bit odd that they went out one night and all of a sudden he was her boyfriend, but he also right away was sending her texts that said that he loved her. Then one day a boy from her past came into the picture, Frank, there’s something about him that Heather can’t shake. This is when Ruben begins to become possessive and in my opinion emotionally abusive. The more Heather learns about both Frank and Ruben the more she is confused, because she keeps see ghostly figures and has travel back in time.

Heather was a very naïve character and I don’t think she really knew what was going on in her relationship with Ruben. Ruben was someone I could not stand in the least bit! I think he was horrible to Heather and his relationship with Beth wasn’t too healthy either. I did enjoy Frank I wish he was in the book a bit more, but he kept going back to his time period, leaving Heather with Ruben.

I liked going back in time to the nineteenth century where customs and things were different, it was interesting to see both Frank and Heather adjusting each time they traveled in time.

I now need to get my hand on the next book in the series, Untimely Return!!!

Sizzling Saturdays: 10 Years by Bethany Lopez

Published March 28, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

10 Years (Time for Love, #5)

Title- 10 years

Author- Bethany Lopez

Publisher- Smashwords

Amazon-   http://goo.gl/SybnCP

BOOK SUMMERY:

A lot can happen in 10 years, and Gwen and Craig have been there for each other through it all, from meeting on the playground to juggling college finals. But their long-standing friendship hasn’t been without its challenges.

Gwen keeps her emotions locked down tight, and when someone hurts her, she shuts down and shuts them out. Craig has always been her hero, but when one night leaves her broken, she realizes he has the power to hurt her the most.

Unable to get past Gwen’s emotional barriers, Craig focuses on baseball and reaching for his dreams, but he misses his best friend. He wonders if he’ll ever have the same relationship he did with the girl he met ten years ago.

When the barriers finally come down and their true feelings are revealed, will they finally become the couple everyone says they’re destined to be, or will the darkness from Gwen’s past tear them apart forever?

*Warning* This book contains some scenes that may be hard to read. This story is meant for readers 18 and older.

MY THOUGHTS:

“ I had no idea how much she was going to mean to me, and how close I’d come to losing her forever.”

10 years is about Gwen and Craig, they met 10 years ago while hanging out with their siblings and had been best friends ever since. That is until something happens and Gwen shuts herself down, until she is forced to figure out her feels they cannot be friends or so she thinks.

This is the first book in the Time for Love series that I have read and after reading it I know want to go and read the rest, to learn about all the characters I met in this book. This book was wonderfully written and I could not put it down. Thankfully it was a short read that I was able to read it in one sitting. I think the length of the book was just perfect; it wasn’t too short or too long.

This was such a great group of friends and I wish I read the previous books so I could have known more about them. They seemed to all care so much about each other, family by choice and not by blood (well some of them by blood).

Now let me get to Gwen and Craig! They were both so perfect. I understand where Gwen is coming from by shutting down the way she does. It all stems from one thing in her past and I am so glad it was mentioned in the book, even though it was before Craig and Gwen met. Also it was so adorable how they met and young Craig was such a little charmer! Craig had such a huge heart and never understood why Gwen shut him out when all he wanted to do was be there for her.

There are some scenes in this book where I would say that this is for mature young adult readers. With that warning I would completely recommend this book to them and any New Adult fans!

Book Review: The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

Published March 27, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

The Start of Me and You

Title- The Start of You and Me

Author- Emery Lord

Publisher- Bloomsbury USA Childrens books

Release Date– March 31, 2015

BOOK SUMMERY:

Brimming with heartfelt relationships and authentic high-school dynamics The Start of Me and You proves that it’s never too late for second chances.

It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for two years, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live?

MY THOUGHTS:

“When it all closes in, there are only two kinds of people: best friends and everything else.”

This was a great light-hearted story about deals with losing people close to you and how the people that have your back get you through it all. This story was mostly about friendship, Paige and her group of friends had each other’s back through; death, break ups and family let downs no questions asked. Then they added Ryan and Max to their little group and just like the girls, they were there for each other through thick and thin. Everyone needs a friend once and while and that is what this book show, I think plenty of young readers will read this and see their group of friends with in it. I also like that all the drama was very appropriate and things that can happen while in high school.

Every character in this book had a bit of charm and there wasn’t a single person I didn’t like. I did love the banter between Max and Paige and how they were able to open up with each other. They were both nerds at heart and that is what connected them from the moment they became friends.

I would defiantly recommend this to young readers that are from seventh grade up. Most YA readers might not like it as much due to the sweetness to the story!

Cover Reveal: Six Years by Stephanie Witter

Published March 27, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog
Title: Six Years
Author: Stephanie Witter
Category/Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Standalone novel
Cover Designer: Jo Raven
Release Date: June 9th
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Blurb:
They hadn’t seen each other in six years. 
She’d always had a crush on him. 
He’d only ever seen her like a little sister. 
And now…he’s back.
Brooklyn
I thought that he was a part of a distant past. I thought I didn’t feel anything for him now, but I was not so sure anymore. Having him back in my life, for however long it was, was making me see things differently. So many things had changed in the last six years and somehow I’d lost myself and forgotten all about my dreams.
My home life was still a mess, my personal life was nothing to boast about and when I see how successful he is, how everything he’d always wanted came true, I couldn’t help but feel lacking in a lot of ways. But he’s back and he needed me. I knew I was the only one who understood that part of his life, the only one he’s willing to share it with. My heart is still beating too hard and too fast for him and this time around, I was as much an adult as he was.
Having a six year age gap didn’t mean shit.
Nolan
Being back in Riverdale was harder than I thought. I’d turned my back on that life, but there had always been that one girl in my head. Little B. Now she’s nothing like the twelve year old girl I’d last seen. She’s a young woman, gorgeous and sexy. I couldn’t stay away. There’s something drawing me to her and it goes beyond my need to reconnect with her, to have her back in my life and fill the hollow part of my chest. But I couldn’t forget the little girl she had been; I shouldn’t forget the little girl she used to be.
Growing up with a junkie mother and nobody else, my neighbor, Brooklyn, had been my only happy place. I had taken care of her, and when I had left, I had to leave behind a huge part of me. I couldn’t do it again. I needed her. Once again, she’s the only person I want in my life, but I wasn’t sure if it was for all the right reasons.
Were there too many obstacles in the way?

About the author:

Stephanie Witter is a French dreamer. She started learning English at three, and fell in love with the language. Always with a book, or two close by, she started reading in English when she couldn’t wait any longer for Harry Potter to be translated in French. After a while, reading wasn’t enough. She started writing Young Adult and New Adult Contemporary novels and PATCH UP is her first New Adult Contemporary novel.
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Deep Blue Eternity by Natasha Boyd

Published March 26, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog
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Deep Blue Eternity by Natasha Boyd
(Deep Blue Eternity #1)
Publication date: March 26th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Synopsis:

Livvy is on the run. And she’s escaped to the one place nobody will ever find her.

But the isolated cottage isn’t empty. Her refuge is home to a troubled stranger, Tom, there for reasons of his own.

In the intimacy of the abandoned cottage, and the remote wilderness of the island, the electrifying connection between them is impossible to ignore. Both running from their histories and shielding dark secrets, their pasts catch up with them and collide in an unimaginable way.

Deep emotions and powerful chemistry face a painful battle with the tangle of lies, and scars of the past. When the truth emerges, hearts will be shattered.

“A captivating, heart-wrenching, beautifully written story about those who scar us and those who help us heal. I could not put it down and am still thinking about it!” – Mia Sheridan, New York Times Bestselling author of Archer’s Voice

“Boyd skillfully navigates the scorching physical desire and personal insecurities of her protagonists, crafting a relationship that is tense, torrid and sure to keep the pages turning.” ~ RT Book Reviews

“Fans of the Sea of Tranquility or Mia Sheridan will absolutely love this story.” ~ MissIngrid’s reviews.

“I can’t recall ever reading a novel that made me laugh, smile, cry… just, feel as much as this one did.” ~ Books over Bros Reviews

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Q & A with Natasha Boyd

Tell us about your current release release?

My new release is DEEP BLUE ETERNITY. I am so excited about this book. It’s a definite departure from the world of EVERSEA but no less true to my writing style. Formerly known as The Cottage (and funnily enough the cottage in the book is almost like an additional character in the story, bearing witness to the love story), my UK publisher felt that Deep Blue Eternity, a phrase used in the book to describe love would be a better fit. And I agree! Why didn’t I think of it first?

What genre would you say the book is?  

Contemporary definitely, as it is present day. And of course romance. However, there is a suspenseful and gothic undertone to the story as it is set in an area rife with superstition.

If you had to sum your book up in 30 or less words, what would you say?

DEEP BLUE ETERNITY is a deeply emotional book and while it deals with some tough issues, it’s about the aftermath and recovery of those things in our past. It’s about forgiveness and it’s about how falling in love changes us.

Is there an Author that you would really like to meet? 

Darynda Jones. I love her sense of humor. I think we’d be besties.

Do you prefer eBooks, paperbacks or hardcover?

My son says the books he reads that he holds in his hands stay with him longer. I might be inclined to agree. But in the end, I just love books. For ease of transport and instant gratification (1-click buy anyone?)  – eBooks.

Is there a particular movie that you preferred over the book version?

Great question! This doesn’t happen very often, does it. I’m so glad they turned outlander into a show so we could keep the detail that made the book so extraordinary. The Beach, The Princess Bride, Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers – oh, and Fifty Shades of Grey!

So what are you working on next?

Aaaah the age old question.  I’m actually working on several projects. But hopefully the next thing that will be ready, finally, is a spin off of the Eversea series featuring the heroine’s best friend Jazz.

White wine or red?

White

Coffee or tea?

Tea

Vanilla or chocolate ice-cream?

Swirl

What are 4 things you never leave home without? 

Book, Kindle, phone (with kindle app), pen and paper for inspiration, updated inspiration playlist.
Your thoughts on receiving book reviews – the good and the bad – ?

In the beginning of my writing career I felt like I had bipolar, one review would make me high, the next would cut me down so hard I wouldn’t want to ever write again.  But than fully that phase was short-lived. If you do all you can to make sure it’s your best work  – then bad reviews have to be ‘water off a ducks back’… But seriously, bad reviews probably bother you most when you know deep down you could have done something better.  That’s probably a backwards way to look at it… but I guess that makes me backwards J Good reviews?  Aaaah, good, honest, unexpected reviews… there’s nothing like it.  And the reviews where someone lets you know that reading your book got them through a tough time, or started a new love of reading? Well, that makes it all worth it!
Where is one place in the world that you would really love to visit someday?

Macchu Picchu in Peru.

One of your favorite quotes –  

Man will never discover new oceans, unless he has courage to lose sight of the shore – André Gide.

AUTHOR BIO:
Natasha Boyd is an internationally bestselling and award-winning author with a background in marketing and public relations.  Her debut novel Eversea was a finalist in the 2013 Winter Rose Contest for Contemporary Romance and won the 2014 Digital Book Award for Adult Fiction.  She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Georgia Romance Writers and Island Writer’s Network in coastal South Carolina where she has been a featured speaker on book marketing.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and lives with her husband, two sons and the cast of characters in her head.

Author links:
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http://www.natashaboyd.com