Monday, April 29, 2013

Hello friends,
Are you guys just as excited as we are about Jacqueline Green's debut novel TRUTH OR DARE?
When a simple round of truth or dare spins out of control, three girls find it’s no longer a party game. It’s do or die.

It all started on a whim: the game was a way for Tenley Reed to reclaim her popularity, a chance for perfect Caitlin “Angel” Thomas to prove she’s more than her Harvard application. Loner Sydney Morgan wasn’t even there; she was hiding behind her camera like usual. But when all three start receiving mysterious dares long after the party has ended, they’re forced to play along—or risk exposing their darkest secrets.

How far will Tenley, Caitlin and Sydney go to keep the truth from surfacing? And who’s behind this twisted game?

Set against the backdrop of Echo Bay, an isolated beach town haunted by misfortune, Truth or Dare is a highly charged debut that will keep readers in suspense from beginning to end.

I've been challenged by LBYR (the publisher) to share the most memorable game of truth or dare I've ever played. Well, I gotta tell you, I've played a lot of truth or dare games in my 26 years and many are quite memorable but I'll tell one that involves fermented soy beans...
My friends and I were eating at Genki Sushi one evening. Soon, we began a truth or dare game (mostly dares) of eating sushi we don't usually order. I can eat raw fish no problem and actually love sushi with any kind of raw fish but I've always avoided nattō sushi.
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If you don't know what nattō is, it is fermented soy beans. It is stinky, slimy and after eating it, I found out bitter and leaves a gross after taste in your mouth. Yup, I was dared to eat a nattō. It's an acquired taste and I don't think I'll ever acquire a taste for it.
Now, it's your turn to share your most memorable game of truth or dare or the most memorable dare you've done. Please share in the comments and earn 10 entry points (see Rafflecopter) to win a copy of TRUTH OR DARE by Jacqueline Green!


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Enter now until May 14th (TRUTH OR DARE 's release day). Open to U.S. only. Don't forget to check out author Jacqueline Green's website for more info about the book and find her on Twitter and Facebook.

Good luck,
Michelle

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Hello PNR fans,
Karina Cooper's gritty PNR series, Dark Mission, comes to an end with, One For the Wicked (the fifth book in the series; to be released on April 30th).

To celebrate the release and the end of the series, we interviewed Karina and asked her coffee addiction and about saying good-bye to New Seattle and the characters we've grown to love. Check it out!
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Hi Karina! Welcome to our blog. From your bio, it seems you're a coffee addict. How many cups of coffee do you drink a day?
Hey, Michelle and Leslie! Thanks for having me. I like that you lead right in with a coffee question. It’s so true. I wake up every morning and lead off my Twitter good morning with a hashtag: #coffeezombieshuffle. This pretty much sets the tone for the day. If I can’t shuffle my way over to the coffee pot, we’re looking at apocalyptic conditions.

My coffee mugs are about the size of 2-3 “normal” cups of coffee. I drink from mugs that range from 16oz to 32oz, and I usually get through about four of those a day. On deadline days? I’m looking at six or more.

But it’s not a problem. I can stop anytime I want! ...Ahem.

How was writing ONE FOR THE WICKED knowing it's the last one in the series? Was it emotional for you saying good bye to your characters and New Seattle?
Writing One for the Wicked was kind of bitter sweet. On the one hand, it was fun to really hit the culmination of the plot—unveil and unravel all the betrayals, conspiracies and treachery that infects New Seattle. On the other, it really is goodbye. All that time I spent with the characters and the city was suddenly coming to an end.

To be honest, it’s a mixed bag. There’s this feeling of nostalgia for the series. I look back on it now and think fondly of the whole, and occasionally think, “Maybe I could write this other character’s story, you know, just for fun.” But I firmly believe that all series should end—every story does have an end, after all. For some, it’s a trilogy, for others, it goes on and on, but eventually, it should end. In this case, the Dark Mission saga ends with One for the Wicked.

One of the things I loved best about writing this was the fact I could revisit old characters—like Jessie and Silas—and really give them the resolution that events wouldn’t allow, or they couldn’t give themselves. I got to touch base with all of them: Jessie and Silas, Naomi and Phin, Caleb and Jules, Simon and Parker, and yes, Jonas and Danny. We get to see where they end up, and how they’ve changed. I love that.

When you first started writing the series, did you already know how the overarching story lines would conclude or did that change as you wrote the books? Were there a lot of surprises?
When I first sold Blood of the Wicked and Lure of the Wicked, I had this idea that the plot would unfold in a totally separate way. I was going to actually introduce the Bishop of the Holy Order of St. Dominic, and wrap it around this whole other story. However, right around All Things Wicked—which is Caleb and Juliet’s story—that idea shifted into something both extremely subtle and totally not at all subtle. I can’t say more without spoilering One for the Wicked, but how it played out wasn’t initially planned until the pieces slotted together so perfectly.

I’m a plotter, but my roots are in pantsing, and sometimes, you’re not so much plotting what a character is doing so much as writing out how they’re reacting to events you’ve already shaped. There was some surprise in that, but then, once I worked out the details, it just made sense.

The thing I enjoyed most about the characters in the Dark Mission series was that I didn’t have very many crystal clear good or bad guys. Of them all, I think Phin Clarke was my only inherently “good” guy—the kind of guy you’d see in a white hat in a Western. That afforded me a lot of leeway, because it’s so easy to justify terrible things in the name of a greater cause.


Out of all your characters in the Dark Mission series, which one(s) are you NOT going to miss at all?
Out of everyone, I think I won’t miss Caleb and Juliet very much—but it’s not because I didn’t like them. Rather, I always felt like out of all the coupled, Caleb and Juliet found a kind of resolution that eluded the others. She accepted him for who he was and what he’s done; he found his perfect match in her, and allowed himself to believe that he could be hers. For a lot of couples, it really comes down to that—setting aside the baggage and ego and what-ifs long enough to simply accept each other. I always believed that these two, for all their terrible history and hard decisions, would be just fine.

Okay, now for some "This or That":
When writing, Quiet OR Music: Usually music! Sometimes quiet.

Dog-ear OR Bookmark: Neither! I close the book and remember where I was.

Physical books OR E-books: Both!

A citizen in New Seattle OR Cherry's London: New Seattle. Given my luck, I’d end up a trouble-maker female and cast out to be a dollymop in the east end or something.

Homebody OR Traveler: Traveler. I moved all the time as a kid, and miss those days. I love traveling for cons and such.
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Thank you to Karina for answering our questions and for Avon Books for making this interview possible. 

There's more celebration for the release of One For the Wicked! Mark your calendars for a special Twitter chat:
Avon (@avonbooks) will be having a twitter chat on Monday, 4/29, from 3-4 PM EST, with Karina Cooper (@KarinaCooper), and we’d love for you to participate! It will be using hashtag #WickedOne, and we’ll be chatting about all kinds of things—namely, witches! We’d love it if you shared your favorite witches (from books, movies, TV and beyond), but we’re also keen to hear about your favorite epic endings, favorite moments in the Dark Mission series—and don’t forget, Karina will be answering questions, so please do join us! Here’s the cherry on top of our paranormal Sundae (err…Monday): anyone who tweets using #WickedOne will be entered to win the complete Dark Mission series!
Check out Karina's website for more information about the books in the Dark Mission series and chat with her on Twitter and Facebook.

Happy reading,
Michelle

Monday, April 22, 2013

book coverE-ARC: n/a
Publisher: Poppy
Release Date: April 2, 2013
Source of my copy: publisher
Series: standalone
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
 

If fate sent you an email, would you answer?
When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O'Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds.
Then Graham finds out that Ellie's Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media's spotlight at all costs?



I loved the premise of This Is What Happy Looks Like: A regular girl, Ellie, who lives in a small town in Maine, began corresponding through email with Graham, a very popular teen movie star when Graham accidentally sent her an email meant for someone else. But Ellie didn't know who he was--to her he was just GDL824 and she loves that anonymity of it. They start to fall for each other through their email correspondence.

That sounds a lot like one of my favorite movies of all time, You Got Mail and I wanted to read this book yesterday. Unfortunately it didn't quite live up to my expectation but it was still a good read.

The first few chapters of the novel was really great as we read Ellie and Graham's emails and learn more about them. They were both just so cute and sweet and so darn likable. I was really looking forward to when they meet and Ellie learns who Graham really is and how she will react to the news... and then they met.

After that the novel lost some of its luster.

Most of this novel wasn't about Ellie and Graham slowly falling in love like I anticipated. They were already in love when they met. This novel was more about how their relationship will work outside of the emails, especially when being thrust into the media spotlight was the very last thing Ellie wanted--a relationship with Graham will definitely put her in the spotlight.

There was a lot of family drama in this novel and that was what drove the story more than anything else. There's nothing wrong with that of course--it was obviously interesting enough that I finished this novel in a matter of days. But it wasn't what I was looking for when I picked this book up and that was kind of a let down.

However, I still recommend this book for those who enjoyed Jennifer E. Smith's previous novel The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and those who like light contemporary YA in general. I really like the author's writing and her voice. And there's still plenty of cuteness, hand holding, romantic moments and kisses between Ellie and Graham to satisfy the romantics out there. Add This Is What Happy Looks Like to your summer reading list!
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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

I haven't done one of these posts in so long because I haven't really found anything new to covet that I haven't already coveted before. But I have had my eye on this one for a while ever since I laid eyes on that cover.

I covet so much that I pre-ordered it.

book cover
Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she's beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.
The Distance Between Us will be released on July 2, 2013 from HarperTeen. For more info and news about the novel, visit check out the author's website. Click on the cover to go to the book's Goodreads page.

What book(s) do you "covet" this week?
Leave a comment with a link so we can check your WoW of the week too.


"Books I Covet" is a weekly or bi-weekly blog post series we do here every Wednesday. It will feature books we are very excited about reading and plan on buying/borrowing in the near future. It is basically the "Waiting On" meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine, but we just like the title "books we covet" better. We will include the books' blurb, cover art, and/or release date if they're available. 


Sunday, April 14, 2013

New Shelf Additions (23)

Sunday, April 14, 2013 with
Hello everyone,
We haven't done one of these posts for almost a month. We don't really have much in terms of physical books but here's what came:
The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen (unsolicited review book)
Loki's Wolves (Blackwell Pages #1) by by K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr (won)
Summer and Bird by Katherine Catmull (won)
In a Glass Grimmly (A Tale Dark and Grim #2) by Adam Gidwitz (won)
The Last Academy by Anne Applegate (for review)
Replica by Jenna Black (for review)
Angelopolis (Angelology #2) by Danielle Trussoni (won)

The Circle (Engelsfors #1) by Sara Elfgren and Mats Strandberg
[[Michelle will be part of the blog tour for this Danish original making its US debut in May.]]
The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abe
Taken by Storm by Kelli Maine
[[Another blog tour book--look for it in May!]]

3 Harlequin Superromance books (won)
Being Me by Lisa Renee Jones (unsolicited review book)
One Heart to Win by Johanna Lindsey (unsolicited review book)
Barefoot in the Sun by Roxanne St. Claire (unsolicited review book)
A Passion for Pleasure by Nina Rowan (unsolicited review book)
Wrecked by Shiloh Walkers (bought)
Love Irresistibly by Julie James (bought)

These are the print books we received. This is not all of our books but the others are digital books--Michelle have been very busy on Amazon and Audible--but we're not going to list them all because it would be just too much. But for fun, here's Michelle latest library book haul:
#LibrariesRule
Let us know what you got and we'll be sure to visit your blog. Happy reading!

-Michelle & Leslie


Saturday, April 13, 2013

book coverARC: 389 pages 
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: April 16, 2013
Source of my copy: publisher
Series: Body Finder #4
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
 

Violet thought she’d made peace with her unique ability to sense the echoes of the dead and the imprints that cling to their killers…that is until she acquired an imprint of her own. Forced to carry a reminder of the horrible events of her kidnapping, Violet is more determined than ever to lead a normal life. However, the people who run the special investigative team Violet works for have no intention of letting her go.

When someone close to Violet becomes a suspect in a horrific murder, she finds herself pulled into a deadly hunt for a madman with an army of devoted followers. Violet has survived dangerous situations before, but she quickly discovers that protecting those closest to her is far more difficult than protecting herself.


Michelle's Review: (Warning: Some spoilers.)
The three previous books in the Body Finder series were very enjoyable and after the ending in The Last Echo, I was so excited to read Dead Silence. It did not disappoint!

Dead Silence explored the history of Violet's ability and I liked learning more about that. It certainly answered questions I didn't even know I had. I really like the snippets from her grandmother's old diaries and getting a glimpse of her life and her connection to Violet's present. It is also evident in this book how much Violet's character grew in the series.

Like in the previous books, Derting lets us readers see through the eyes of the killer and this guy and his followers were skin-crawlingly creepy but pathetic at the same time. Whenever I'm reading the chapters seen through the killer's POV, I feel like I'm watching a gruesome Criminal Minds episode. There were some really horrifying and shocking moments that were more violent than the what the killers did in the previous books that leaves you at the edge of your seat.

Of course, amidst the creepy stuff there's the romance. I love the best-friend-turned-into-boyfriend (there's nothing more romantic in my opinion) trope so from the beginning I loved Violet and Jay together. There were some bumps in their relationship throughout the series (e.g., their big fight in Desires of the Dead, the Rafe thing, etc.). There were more Violet and Jay scenes in this book than there was in the Last Echo, which made me happy. However, I think there's still some unresolved feelings between Violet and Rafe. But despite the connection between Violet and Rafe, I think she will always choose Jay in the end--they're soul mates and both are incomplete without the other.

But oh, Rafe. I didn't want to like him in the beginning because I didn't want anyone to get between Violet and Jay but I couldn't help liking him anyway. And there was a hint that there might be something there between he and... wait for it... Chelsea! You're probably like, "What?!" Yeah, you're gonna have to read the book.

Well, I think Rafe deserves some happiness and I think the ending was open enough that the author can do a spin off series featuring Rafe.

This book and the series overall were great reading--it has a lot of stuff going for it that keeps me flipping the pages: mystery, romance, humor, psycho killers, just some good ol' fashioned drama... There's really nothing bad I can say about it. The writing is straightforward and very readable. I highly recommend the Body Finder series (you do need to read the books in order to enjoy the series) to everyone!
Dear friends,
The last book in the Body Finder series, Dead Silence, comes out in a couple of days (April 16th to be exact)!

I was so happy to be part of this blog tour to celebrate the release of Dead Silence. I read The Body Finder when it came in out 2010 and it has been a great journey with Violet and Jay--however Dead Silence does not feel like a good-bye-forever type of book. Here's hoping that this isn't the last we will see Violet, Jay and the rest of the characters and Kimberly Derting has plans...

[As you can tell, I have a hard time letting go of characters I really like.]

book coverToday, I am posting teaser quotes of Dead Silence for you and because I love a good Violet and Jay, scene, well, here ya go...

"Remember when you told your parents you wanted to be buried in there?" Jay's voice interrupted her thoughts, and a small smile tugged her lips.

"I remember my dad spent like three hours explaining why I had to be buried in a real graveyard," she said, doing her best to mimic her dad's pragmatic tone. "And why 'proper channels' had to be followed when someone died. He told me that people can't just be buried in their own backyards. He even explained what embalming was, which totally grossed me out. I mean, I couldn't have been more than seven or eight, I think."
And here's another one:
"Did I mention I'm glad it's Friday?" Rolling over, Violet tired to ignore the protesting groan of springs whenever either she or Jay moved, making it sound like they were using his bed as a trampoline. She leaned up on her elbows and stared down at him, her lips curving into a lazy smile as she took in his disheveled hair and uneven grin that met her.
There are also awesome prizes you can win on this tour!
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Look out for my review of Dead Silence, which I will be posting later today [update: read my review]. Let me know what you thought of the teasers in the comments.

For more Dead Silence blog tour goodness, go visit CBB Book Promotions. Happy blog touring!

Love,
Michelle

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

book coverHardcover: 64 pages 
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Release Date: 4/16/2013
ISBN: 9781402275838
 
Source of my copy: publisher
Series: none
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
 

In the Garden of Thoughts is a gift book that reduces the complexities of life into simple universal truths. It is a collection of short and poignant thoughts widely embraced by my readers and accompanied by whimsical and delightful illustrations to capture a reader’s imagination.


Michelle's Review:
I'm not usually a fan of gift books but the review pitch for In the Garden of Thoughts came at a time when I was feeling down in the dumps. I needed some positivity in my life right then and I really liked the look of In the Garden of Thoughts (ItGoT), so I decided to check it out.

And I'm glad I did--it is such a cute book. By the time it arrived, I wasn't so down anymore but when I read Dodinsky's messages, some did bring a smile on my face and made me think.

There are about fifty (if I counted right) inspirational messages in this book and each are accompanied by an illustration--sometimes a large one spanning two pages. There were some inspirational quotes in the book that I just want to rip out from the book and frame so that I can read it everyday. Like this one:

But there were also a few that left me scratching my head, like this one that goes "The horizon, to remind you of your courage, sends its gentle waves of confidence to kiss your feet." Huh?

My favorite part of ItGoT were the watercolor illustrations which were beautifully done by Amanda Cass. They are just so whimsical (sometimes bordering on weird but still pretty cute) and brought a smile to my face. This one is my favorite:

Although many of the messages can be appreciated by both men and women, I do think this gift book is more aimed towards women. 

Overall, if you are a fan of gift books for your self or you're thinking of giving one to your girl friends (it can be given in almost all special occasions), look no further than ItGoT--it is full of positivity, lovely illustrations and nicely bound with a [heavier] glossy paper.

Friday, April 5, 2013

book coverARC: 309 pages 
Publisher: Forever
Release Date: 3/26/2013
ISBN: 9781455574858
 
Source of my copy: publisher
Series: The Secret #1
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
 

A rule-breaker with a fiery attitude, Ella always wore her heart on her sleeve. Then she left everything behind to go to college, where she transformed into someone who follows the rules, keeps everything together, and hides all her problems. Now it's summer break and she has nowhere else to go but home. But once there, Ella fears that everything she's worked so hard to bury might resurface-especially with Micha living right next door.

Smart, sexy, and confident, Micha can get under Ella's skin like no one else. He knows everything about her, including her darkest secrets. If he tries to tempt the old Ella to return, he will be impossible to resist. But what Ella doesn't realize is that when she left, she took a piece of Micha's heart with her. Now he's determined to win back the girl he lost, no matter what it takes.


Michelle's Review:
I am a sucker for the friends turned to lovers trope and The Secret of Ella and Micha is just that. Ella and Micha are next door neighbors and best friends since they were little. Both are not from happy homes-- especially for Ella who had a mom with bipolar disorder who killed herself and a dad who is drunk all the time. Ella's biggest fear was that she'll turn into her mom and after a crazy night where she almost followed her mom's footsteps, Ella needed to get away.

She packed her bags and left without telling anyone where. Micha was devastated--he's in love with his best friend. Eight months later, Ella is back and she's a different girl. She's no longer the heavy eyeliner-wearing, studs in her clothes, fiery adrenaline junkie girl who's not afraid to take on anyone and anything. But beneath her new look and calm personality, Micha can see that the old Ella is still in there and he's determined to bring her out and convince her that they are right for each other.

I liked the story of Ella and Micha. Right from the beginning, I was sucked in their messy lives and all the drama. The drama and the angst were very addicting. I liked Ella and Micha's friendship--they are soul mates and they really complete each other. I rooted for both of them. Their road to realizing that they are meant to be together was deliciously tension-filled and very steamy (but nothing too graphic).

Micha is ridiculously HOT!! I'm really digging the new adult (NA) male love interests--they're not as hot-and-cold as YA ones.

But the ending... it's an HEA for now kind of thing (happy and satisfying, but open-ended) so I can't wait to read The Forever of Ella and Micha!

I'm on a huge NA kick and I read Ella and Micha immediately after finishing and loving Easy (Webber)--while it was hard to top Easy (one of my favorite NA novels), this novel will more than satisfy your appetite for new adult if you're like me and reading NA like it's potato chips.


Thursday, April 4, 2013

Dear friends,
If you read my previous post, you all know I'm in a new adult kick. Well, I recently just finished The Secret of Ella and Micha and I enjoyed it! Check out my review tomorrow.

The Secret of Ella and Micha was originally self-published but it was picked up by Forever, with a brand new cover. Never heard of Ella and Micha? Here ya go...

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A rule-breaker with a fiery attitude, Ella always wore her heart on her sleeve. Then she left everything behind to go to college, where she transformed into someone who follows the rules, keeps everything together, and hides all her problems. Now it's summer break and she has nowhere else to go but home. But once there, Ella fears that everything she's worked so hard to bury might resurface-especially with Micha living right next door.

Smart, sexy, and confident, Micha can get under Ella's skin like no one else. He knows everything about her, including her darkest secrets. If he tries to tempt the old Ella to return, he will be impossible to resist. But what Ella doesn't realize is that when she left, she took a piece of Micha's heart with her. Now he's determined to win back the girl he lost, no matter what it takes.


 Want more? Here's a short teaser to whet your appetite:
Damn Micha. He's killing me with his touches and longing gazes and now he's going to sing. I've always had a soft spot for his voice. We'd sit on his bed and he's strum his guitar while I sketched. Those were some of the perfect moments of my life.

"Ella, what's the matter with you?" Lila asks with an accusation. "You look flushed."

I sip my latte and realign the holder in the center of the table, so I can't see my reflection in the stainless steel. "It's just a little hot in here. That's all."

"Yeah, sure it is." She won't stop looking at me, like she's trying to crack open my head.

As Micha steps onto the stage not too far from our table, my heart starts to chant unspeakable words.

Sitting on a stool with his guitar on his lap he puts his lips up to the microphone, nibbling on his lip ring. "This one's called 'What No One Ever Sees'."

He strums a chord with his eyes locked on me...

You want to read more, right? Well, the paperback and the e-book are now available for purchase from your favorite store.

And to celebrate the release of The Secret of Ella and Micha at Forever, we are giving away a copy of The Secret of Ella and Micha to one lucky reader of this here blog!

Enter below for a chance to win a copy. Ends April 20th and open to U.S. only. **Come back and enter everyday to increase your chance of winning.**
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Good luck!

Happy reading,
Michelle

Monday, April 1, 2013

book cover Hardcover: 403 pages 
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: July 31, 2012
ISBN: 9780373210493

Source of my copy: Harlequin Teen Panel
Series: Pushing the Limits #1
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
 

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.

Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.


Leslie's Review:
I really enjoyed Pushing the Limits; it was a good balance between a light and a heavy read. The plot was very interesting, well-paced and well-written. There were so many highs and lows all the way to the ending. By then I was tearing up, and that's saying a lot because I'm one of those "robot" readers--hardly any books had ever moved me to tears.

The characters were great, especially Echo and Noah. Both were so damaged and tortured yet brave, stubborn, and strong. Their demons and afflictions made them very interesting and three-dimensional. Although I couldn't relate to either of them as much as I wish I could have, I rooted for Echo and Noah individually and as a couple.

I recommend Pushing the Limits to anyone wanting a heavy contemporary read in which the characters were driven by personal conflicts and a heated relationship. Even though I really enjoyed this book, I'm not sure if I'll be reading the companion books because they feature Noah's friends Beth and Isaiah, and I wasn't really fond of both characters in Pushing the Limits.... but it is likely that curiosity will get the better of me. I am definitely looking forward to reading more by Katie McGarry.