BLOG TOUR: Love, Lucas by Chantele Sedgwick- Review, Interview & Giveaway


Love, Lucas by Chantele Sedgwick
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Release Date: May 5th 2015
Rate: 4 STARS! 

Synopsis: When Oakley Nelson loses her brother, Lucas, to cancer, she thinks she’ll never recover. Between her parents’ arguing and the battle she’s fighting with depression, she feels nothing inside but a hollow emptiness. When Mom suggests they spend the summer in California with Aunt Jo, Oakley isn’t sure that a change of scenery will alter anything, but she’s willing to give it a try.

In California, Oakley discovers a sort of safety and freedom in Aunt Jo’s beach house. Once they’re settled, Mom hands her a notebook full of letters addressed to her—from Lucas. As Oakley reads one each day, she realizes how much he loved her, and each letter challenges her to be better and to continue to enjoy her life. He wants her to move on.

If only it were that easy.

But then a surfer named Carson comes into her life, and Oakley is blindsided. He makes her feel again. As she lets him in, she is surprised by how much she cares for him, and things get complicated. How can she fall in love and be happy when Lucas never got the chance to do those very same things?

With her brother’s dying words as guidance, Oakley must learn to listen to and trust herself again. She soon realizes that second chances are ways to learn from the past, and you don’t always have to leave the past behind to find happiness in the future.

"I miss you when you go home for the night. I'll never tell you that to your face, since'd you'd stay as long as I want you to, but it's true. I miss you when you leave. You're the one I'm fighting for."

Love Lucas, to sum it up, is a brilliant, quick paced, emotion filled book with the power to break your heart, and somehow, piece it all together again.

The synopsis tells you everything you need to know, and so the only thing I can tell you is if you love books with ALL THE FEELS, then Love, Lucas should DEFINITELY be your next read. The characters are brilliantly developed, especially Oakley. And Lucas. And Carson. Okay, everyone. I love how their fears and problems are portrayed, how they're each struggling with something different, and how they realize that they need each other, and will always remember each other- because that's what love is.

Eternal. And Chantele Sedgwick does it SO perfectly, that even though the book was so fast paced, it had me catching my breath at so many places and tearing up my eyes at so many others.

So, GET YOUR HANDS ON THIS BOOK. NOW.
We would love to know more about you:

1. Five fun facts nobody knows about you:
 Most people don't know I play the harp,
I was in the show choir in high school (Yes, I was a choir girl), 
I have a phobia of grass, 
I line up my M&M's by color and eat them in order from Brown through the color of the rainbow, 
I'm a list maker. :)

2. What does it feel like to actually have your book out there? 
Every time I let a book out into the world I have a mini panic attack. Reviews can be brutal. But I learned a long time ago that you can't please everyone. So, happiness is one feeling and relief that another book is finished and out of my hands is another. It's a bitter-sweet feeling.

3. The cutest/ most romantic thing that has ever happened to you:
Hmmm...I'd say when the hubby proposed. Dinner, sandy beach, beautiful ring and an amazing guy. *sigh* What could be more romantic? :)

4. Tell us a little about Love, Lucas- your inspiration, your characters, your world: 
My inspiration for Love, Lucas happened really different than any of my other books. I had a thought come to me one day about a brother writing letters to his little sister. I wrote some of the letters down, which actually made it into the book, and then it all started from there. Lucas was the protective and popular older brother and his best friend was his sister. Oakley came to life after that and it all just fell into place. I've never written a book as fast as this one, but it was so easy for me to write. It flowed from beginning to end, the letters especially. It was a pleasure to be able to write their story, and I'm so happy with how it turned out. Lucas has my heart forever.

5. Do a Love, Lucas description (one adjective for each letter of the title!)
Lonely
Oceanic
Vast
Encouraging
Likeable
Understood
Calm
Adventurous
Strong
“A deeply moving tale of unimaginable loss and the redemptive power of love. Sedgwick masterfully delves into the painful details of losing a loved one, breaking your heart even as her beautiful words stitch you back together. Romance and friendship, true growth and authentic healing, this story blew me away. It takes a special book to bring tears to my eyesand make me swoon... Love, Lucas? Yeah, this book is special.” —Rachel Harris, New York Times bestselling author

“An emotional summer of love, hope, and healing! Love, Lucas is easy to adore with Sedgwick’s real relationships, sweet romance, and tale of renewal.” —Lizzy Charles, author of Effortless With You

"Chantele Sedgwick navigates the dark waters of grief with a deft hand and plenty of heart.Love, Lucas will drag readers under before bringing them back to the surface for a life-saving breath of hope." —Amy Finnegan, author of Not In the Script


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Chantele Sedgwick is a YA author, harpist, wife to one and stay-at-home mom to four. She loves happy endings, Kit Kats and judging by her book shelves, buys way too many books.





Release Day Blitz: An Ember in the Ashed by Sabaa Tahir + GIVEAWAY


I am so excited that AN EMBER IN THE ASHES by Sabaa Tahir releases today and that I get to share the news, along with a special introduction from Sabaa herself!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Sabaa Tahir, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a signed copies of the book and some of those awesome sword letter openers we’ve seen around courtesy of Sabaa, Penguin Teen, and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

A letter from Sabaa Tahir.


Dear Readers,

Today, my “baby” AN EMBER IN THE ASHES is finally out in the world! From inception to pub
date, this journey took eight years. And what a journey it was: writing, rewriting, revising, editing, querying, submitting; Meeting other debuts, bloggers, booksellers and librarians, and hearing their thoughts on EMBER. There aren’t enough superlatives to describe the radness.

And now, the book is here! I am so excited to see it in the hands of readers. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. To celebrate release day, I’m giving away two signed, first-edition hardcovers of the book. Details below!

All my best,
Sabaa

Title: AN EMBER IN THE ASHES
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Pub. Date: April 28, 2015
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 464
Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It’s a story that’s literally burning to be told.

LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel
Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

ELIAS is the academy’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a
ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor.

When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.


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About Sabaa:
Sabaa Tahir grew up in California’s Mojave Desert at her family’s 18-room motel. There, she spent her time devouring fantasy novels, raiding her brother’s comic book stash and playing guitar badly. She began writing An Ember in the Ashes while working nights as a newspaper editor. She likes thunderous indie rock, garish socks and all things nerd. Sabaa currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.








Giveaway Details:

2 winners will receive a signed hardcover of AN EMBER IN THE ASHES. US Only.

3 winners will receive a hardcover of AN EMBER IN THE ASHES and a Sword Letter Opener! US
Only.

Ends on May 9th at Midnight EST!


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Release Day Blitz: Omega City by Diana Peterfreund





Coming this April 28th, Diana’s first book for readers eight and up is a thrilling adventure story, perfect for people who like their books with a side of rocketships and hidden treasure. Find out what secrets are hidden beneath the Maryland countryside in…

Omega City


OmegaCityGillian Seagret doesn’t listen to people who say her father’s a crackpot. His conspiracy theories about the lost technology of Cold War-era rocket scientist Dr. Aloysius Underberg may have cost him his job and forced the family to move to a cottage in the sticks, but Gillian knows he’s right, and plans to prove it.

When she discovers a missing page from Dr. Unerberg’s diary in her father’s mess of an office, she thinks she’s found a big piece of the puzzle–a space-themed riddle promising to lead to Dr. Underberg’s greatest invention. Enlisting the help of her skeptical younger brother, Eric, her best friend, Savannah, and Howard, their NASA-obsessed schoolmate, Gillian sets off into the ruins of a vast doomsday bunker, deep within the earth.

But they aren’t alone inside its dark and flooded halls. Now Gillian and her friends must race to explore OMEGA CITY and find the answers they need. For while Gillian wants to save her dad’s reputation by bringing Dr. Underberg’s secrets to light, there are others who will stop at nothing to make sure they stay buried…forever.

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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING


  • “With seamless writing, a thrilling plot, lots of engaging science puzzles, and remarkable characterization, Peterfreund's exciting tale keeps the adventure solidly in the foreground. Young readers looking for a page turning quest should get into this planned series on the ground floor." — Booklist *Starred* Review

    "Peterfreund's focus on character development is complemented by the equal attention she gives to the vast underground city itself. Gillian’s instincts to protect her friends and clear her historian father’s tarnished name are admirable, but Peterfreund gives every character the opportunity to grow, revealing themselves for who they really are."Publishers Weekly

    “With nonstop action, sly humor, and nothing short of the end of the world at stake, Omega City is the alpha book in a new series that mashes up mystery, scifi, and action/adventure into a thrilling novel you’ll want to devour in one sitting. I did, and I can’t wait to read what comes next!”Peter Lerangis, New York Times Bestselling author of the Seven Wonders series

    “Peterfreund’s boundless imagination takes on a new and exciting adventure!”Jessica Day George, New York Times Bestselling author of Tuesdays at the Castle”

    “Diana Peterfreund takes us to an underground city that’s utterly mind-blowing, yet disturbingly possible. A knockout of a story that will have readers cheering straight through to the final, shocking, twist.” — #1 New York Times bestselling author Gordon Korman

THE AUTHOR:



DPeterfreund-smallpicDiana Peterfreund has published ten novels for adults, teens, and kids, including the four-book Secret Society Girl series (Bantam Dell), the “killer unicorn novels” Rampantand Ascendant (Harper Teen), For Darkness Shows the Stars (a post-apocalyptic retelling of Jane Austen’sPersuasion), and Across a Star-Swept Sea (inspired by the classic series The Scarlet Pimpernel). Her newest novel, OMEGA CITY, is a contemporary adventure novel for younger readers set in a secret bunker city somewhere under modern Maryland.

Her works have been named to the New York Public Library’s Books for the Teen Age list, the Capitol Choices (metro DC-area) reading list, and the Texas Lonestar List, as well as having been named to Amazon’s Best Books of the Year. In addition, she’s written several critically acclaimed short stories and a variety of non-fiction essays about popular children’s literature. Diana lives outside Washington D.C., with her family.

COVER REVEAL: Neophyte's Tale by CK Dawn

Title: Neophyte’s Tale
Author: CK Dawn
Publication Date: May, 2015
Blurb Description: Abbey Thorne hears voices. Well, one voice repeating one word, over and over again. Soft and sweet with the promise of power, it calls to her. The twelve-year-old has no idea that the tender little word is actually a catalyst that serves to reveal a world hidden to most humans. Abbey has yet to discover that following the word’s call to its origin will change the course of her life forever.

Abbey and her mother don’t have much, and depending on the day, sometimes they don’t even have a roof over their heads. She wants more out of life than just wondering where her next meal will come from. So she shouldn’t be wasting her time daydreaming about going on a selfish quest… or should she? Does she have the strength to leave behind what little she has? Will she have the courage to break through the illusions surrounding her and lift the cloak of shadows?

Author Bio:
Coffee lover, gamer girl, Sci-fi enthusiast, and overall crafty individual, CK Dawn graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in Interior Design and a minor in Architecture (I know, right?). Loving to be creative but feeling stifled by invoices, custom orders, and curtain patterns, she decided instead to follow her favorite philosophy: if you do what you love you'll never work a day in your life. So, a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... she finally decided to pick one of the stories that had been bouncing around in her head and boom, Cloak of Shadows came to life.
CK lives with the love of her life John, his cat Scout, her cat Hagrid, their mutually adopted and socialized feral kitten Pepper (yes, cats have favorite humans. It's a thing), and their dog Diesel (aka Methane-- Please, don't make her explain).
She credits her mother for the strong independent woman she is, her father for her inner peace and beautiful outlook on life, and the summers of sweaty, manual labor on her grandparents' farm for her strong work ethic.
In writing, CK has truly found her bliss. Stay tuned, because there will be a lot more to come in her Netherwalker series. Seriously, things have only just begun.

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Audiobook Release Blitz: Compulsion by Martina Boone & Giveaway


Release Date: 10/28/14

Narrated by: Joell A. Jacob

Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins 
Simon Pulse/Tantor Audio
448 pages

Summary from Goodreads:
Three plantations. Two wishes. One ancient curse.

All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead--a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.

Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family's twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.

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Praise
for Compulsion:
"Skillfully blends rich magic and folklore with
adventure, sweeping romance, and hidden treasure . . . An impressive start to
the Heirs of Watson Island series." —Publishers Weekly
     
"Eight Beaufort is so swoon-worthy that it's
ridiculous. Move over Four, Eight is here to stay!"  —RT Book
Reviews
, RT Editors Best Books of 2014

"Darkly romantic and steeped in Southern Gothic
charm, you'll be compelled to get lost in the Heirs of Watson Island
series." —JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT, #1 New York Times bestselling
author

"A fresh twist on the Southern Gothic --
haunting, atmospheric, and absorbing." —CLAUDIA GRAY, New York
Times
bestselling author of A Thousand Pieces of You and
the Evernight and Spellcaster series 
    
"A stunningly magical debut with a delicious
slow burn to be savored. I want to live in this story world!" —WENDY
HIGGINS, USA Today and New York Times bestselling
author of the Sweet Evil trilogy



"Beautifully written, with vivid characters, a generations-old
feud, and romance that leaps off the page, this Southern ghost story left me
lingering over every word, and yet wanting to race to the compelling finish. Compulsion is
not to be missed." —MEGAN SHEPHERD, author of The Madman's
Daughter


Book Two:

PERSUASION (HEIRS
OF WATSON ISLAND,
BOOK 2) 
Beautiful
Creatures meets Gone With the Wind
As reporters chasing rumors of a stolen shipment of Civil War gold descend on Watson Island,


Barrie Watson discovers more is buried at Colesworth Place than treasure. A mysterious, magical man claims the key to the Watson and Beaufort gifts and the Colesworth curse also lies beneath the mansion, and Barrie has no option but to help him find it. While she and Eight Beaufort struggle to make sense of the escalating danger and their growing feelings for each other, Barrie must decide not only whom to trust, but which gift is more reliable—Eights or her own. 

With the fate of the founding families at stake, she has to choose between what she feels deep in her heart and what will keep her loved ones safe.
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About the Author
Martina Boone was born in Prague and spoke several languages before learning English. She fell in love with words and never stopped delighting in them.

She’s the founder of AdventuresInYAPublishing.com, a Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers site, and YASeriesInsiders.com, a site devoted to encouraging literacy and all this YA Series.
From her home in Virginia, where she lives with her husband, children, and Auggie the wonder dog, she enjoys writing contemporary fantasy set in the kinds of magical places she’d love to visit. When she isn’t writing, she’s addicted to travel, horses, skiing, chocolate flavored tea, and anything with Nutella on it.

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Death Wish by Megan Tayte- Review, Interview and Giveaway

Title: Death Wish
Author: Megan Tayte
Publication Date: February 7th 2015
Part of A Series?: Part 1 of 5 of the Ceruleans Series
I Got A Copy Through: The Author:)

Blurb Description: IN SEARCH OF THE MEANING OF DEATH, SHE’LL FIND THE MEANING OF LIFE. 
Seventeen-year-old Scarlett Blake is haunted by death. Her estranged sister has made the ultimate dramatic exit. Running away from school, joining a surfing fraternity, partying hard: that sounds like Sienna. But suicide? It makes no sense.

Following in her sister’s footsteps, Scarlett comes to the isolated cove of Twycombe, Devon, with grand plans to uncover the truth. Alone. But she hasn’t reckoned on meeting two boys who are determined to help her. Luke: the blue-eyed surfer who’ll see the real Scarlett, who’ll challenge her, who’ll save her. And Jude: the elusive drifter with a knack for turning up whenever Scarlett’s in need.

As Scarlett’s quest for the truth unravels, so too does her grip on reality as she’s always known it. Because there’s something strange going on in this little cove. A dead magpie circles the skies. A dead deer watches from the undergrowth. Hands glow with light. Warmth. Power.

What transpires is a summer of discovery. Of what it means to conquer fear. To fall in love. To choose life. To choose death.

To believe the impossible. 


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We Would Love To Know More About You:

1. The strangest thing that has ever happened to you:
I was in Nice, in the French Riviera, with my husband, having a lazy day on the beach. I went in for a paddle, but went under. It was probably only a minute or so that I fought to get upright again, but it felt like an eternity. When I did finally get on my feet, I realised I was only a few metres from the shore, and all around me people were playing quite happily in the water. Children, even. My husband, nearby, was totally bemused as to why I was in a state. ‘Look at the depth here,’ he said. ‘You could have just stood up.’ But the weird thing was, I couldn’t – I really couldn’t, and for a short while I knew the fear of drowning. I used that strange and unsettling experience in the first chapter of Death Wish, when Scarlett ought to be able to swim in the ocean, but somehow can’t.


2. The cheesiest line someone has ever fed you:

‘Do you like raisins? How do you feel about a date?’ Answer to the literal question: Yes, and yeurk. Answer to the figurative question: Yes, and yeurk.

3. This or That:

--Dresses or Pants
I’d love to say dresses. I have a mental image of myself always wearing bright, colourful, flowing dresses with funky, chunky jewellery. But the honest answer is pants, every time. Jeans, usually. (Incidentally, had I interpreted your question strictly in British English, my answer would have had to be dress. I try to avoid going out and about just in my underpants…) 

-- British Accents or American Accents
I’d have to say British – Scottish – out of loyalty to my husband, who hails from a town outside Glasgow. I’ve always loved his Ewan McGregor-esque accent, and along the way I’ve picked up some of his turns of phrase – I say ‘wee’ and ‘aye’ a fair bit. Still, I don’t always understand his lingo. When we first met he took to calling me tumshee which, I assumed, was a term of endearment. Later, I discovered its Scots for turnip.

-- Horror or Chick Flicks
Chick. Definitely. I learnt in my mid-teens I can’t take any level of horror. I watched The Shining on a sleepover and was a wreck afterwards. I’ve still never got to the end of Jaws, or – ah-hem – Gremlins… But chick flicks are as comforting as cocoa and fluffy pjs. The more romantic, the better, although I love funny ones too. Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmaids makes me belly laugh.

And now, onto your masterpiece:

4. Tell us a little about your books, and your characters:
The Ceruleans series explores one big question: If the might of the heavens were in your hands, would you be sinner or saint? The Ceruleans are regular people with an amazing power: to preserve life, or to take it, with a single touch. With such power comes a whole host of potential, but also, as the characters discover, responsibility and limitation.
It’s a story of light and darkness, heaven and hell, life and death; and at its heart is a girl, Scarlett, coming of age. Falling in love. Fighting for love. Fighting for truth. Believing in herself, and those she loves. Believing in the impossible.

5. What was your inspiration to start writing them:
The Ceruleans series began life as four discrete ideas that I planned to make into four discrete books. Then one day as I was walking (something I do when I’m looking for inspiration) the ideas knitted together, and from there the overall story arc of the series took form.
There are many inspirations for the book. The story is quite personal to me, based on a mix of experience and fiction woven from my imaginings and ponderings. The setting – in a part of coastal Devon where I spent every summer as a child – was a key inspiration. But the story is based on my own efforts to make sense of a world in which people close to you can die; in which being true to yourself can be incredibly difficult; and in which love – for people, for places, for a way of being, for a passion and an ethos – is the only reason to hold on.

6. Describe Death Wish (one adjective for per letter)
Dark. Enigmatic, Agonising Twisting, Hopeful
Wistful, Intimate, Soulful. Heartfelt

**MY REVIEW**
Without her, I was simply a shadow no one could really see, let alone love.”

Scarlett Blake was the quiet one. The one in the shadows, covering from her sisters too bright light. Sienna was the star. The social one. The one with a whole posse of boys. The one with the confidence, the friends, the attitude. She has everything.

Well, had. Because Sienna Blake, on one fine day, walked into the ocean, and never walked out.

Death is nothing at all… I have only slipped away into the next room… I am I, and you are you… Whatever we were to each other, that we still are.”

But suicide? For a girl so full of life, and joy for the living? For a girl who saw everything as an opportunity; an adventure; A girl happy to play life's games? How could she? Why did she? And so, Scarlett Blake is in the town that she died in. To find answers. To learn the truth.

To find Sienna. 

But along the way, in this beautifully told book, she finds herself- With friends who would take a bullet for her, the ocean and all the peace a tiny town can bring her, and two very special boys. 

And though my feet were planted firmly on stone that had stood solidly for centuries, in that moment I fell. I fell for him, I fell in love. I fell, and I didn’t want to be saved.”

But what does a living person do, in the search of death?

“Blackness. It’s consuming, and I do fight it, sis, you know I’m a fighter, but I can’t hope to win. Such a rush! Such power! All these years of prison, now I’m free – now I’m something. The end is coming; no escape. But I mustn’t fear it, we mustn’t fear it”

Death Wish is a brilliant, first book in a planned series of five. This one is kore contemporary than paranormal, with a cliff hanger ending, leaving you pining for the next- and wanting it RIGHT AWAY! The characters were brilliant, relate-able, and SO swoon worthy! I couldn't give it a higher recommendation!

BLOG TOUR: Lies Like Love by Louisa Reid- Review and Giveaway


Title: Lies Like Love
Author: Louisa Reid
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Penguin
Format: Paperback
Published: July 3rd 2014
Summary: LIES 'There were a few problems . . . bullying . . . a fire . . .'

LIKE I think she's verging on psychosis . . . now she's lashing out.

LOVE She's got no one else to fight for her.'

Sixteen year-old Audrey just wants to be normal. She's trying to fit in. But what happens when the person closest to you suffocates you with their love? What happens then?



 Author Information
Louisa Reid is a writer and teacher living on the Fen Edge. Her debut novel, BLACK HEART BLUE was published in 2012 by Penguin and was shortlisted for the North East Teen Book Award and longlisted for the Carnegie and Branford Boase awards. Her second novel, LIES LIKE LOVE was published in July 2014 by Penguin.

Author Links: Website || Twitter || Facebook || Goodreads


Tour Schedule
Tuesday 21st April Hyper Ashley || Writing from the Tub
 Wednesday 22nd April Ya Yeah Yeah || Uncorked Thoughts
Friday 24th April Books for Birds || Bookish Outsider
  Saturday 25th April Tales of Yesterday || The Little Munchkin Reader
 Sunday 26th April The Book Moo || Serendipity Reviews


There is a tour wide giveaway during the tour.
The prizes include;
One Signed Lies Like Love, One Signed Black Heart Blue, One Bundle of Swag

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**MY REVIEW**


This is Louisa Reid's second book that I've read. And it's just as brilliant as the first- no. It's better than the first...

Lies Like Love is a story. A heart breaking, gut wrenching, slow paced, exciting story, filled with all the feels a mortal heart can take. 

Audrey has always had problems. Bullying, a fire. Audrey's mother has spent her life, energy and money taking care of her- herding Audrey and her baby brother Peter all over. But now, she wants things to change. Or wants to try. In this new town, where nobody knows anything about who she used to be, and the things that happened. On this new town where she can be whomever she chooses.

Except, that's easier said than done. Teenagers are hard to get to know, but even more so when you're terrified of them. But Audrey meets a boy. A boy who can see past her glasses, and her awkward exterior. A boy who wants to get to know her. The real her.

Louisa Reid is a BEAUTIFUL writer. Her characters are so complicated and brilliant, With so may layers and so many sides to them. There is this hint of instability in Audrey's writing, that makes the reader question whether to believe her, or what her mother says; this hint of paranoia, or that she's making it all up or that's she's exaggerating- that keeps you guessing, and in a book like this- it was the best part!

A bit slow paced, but a book worth reading all the same!