[Book Tour] Review: Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer

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[Blog Tour + Giveaway] Excerpt + Book Review: Chasing Forever Down by Nikki Godwin

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Title: Chasing Forever Down (Drenaline Surf #1)
Author: Nikki Godwin
Date of Publication: March 14, 2013
Genre: contemporary YA romance with sports

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Acquisition: Oops! I Read Again Tours

After seventeen-year-old Haley Sullivan meets a mysterious stranger who plays by his own rules, she’s more than determined to learn every trick of the trade from the master himself. But her dream-chasing mentor disappears after that night, and according to the local newspapers, he’s been dead for years. Knowing he’s very much alive, Haley enlists best friend Linzi to join her on a scavenger-hunt-style road trip that ultimately lands them in the surf town of Crescent Cove, California. Mystery guy is no mystery here, though – he’s Colby Taylor, the west coast’s biggest professional surfer.
If Haley wants to talk to the wave rider again, she’ll have to get past his four intimidating bodyguards who are highly skilled in the business of sending starstruck fangirls back to where they belong. Haley is up for the challenge if it means chasing her dreams and escaping the perfectly corporate future that’s been planned for her. But dealing with these bodyguards isn’t exactly what Haley imagined it’d be. Sure, being thrown off a jet ski sucks, but falling in love with one of them might just be worse.

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Book Review: Summer and the City by Candace Bushnell

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PLEASE NOTE: This is a review for a sequel in a series. I try avoiding spoilers as much as I could, but I cannot guarantee that I could avoid giving out too much. You may jump to the end of the review to see my summary and rating. You can also check out my review on the first book, The Carrie Diaries.

One more note: I did not like this book very much so the review’s not going to be pretty. I don’t write a lot of negative reviews, but there are just some books that make me do so.

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Title: Summer and the City
Author: Candace Bushnell
Publication Date: April 1, 2011
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Series: The Carrie Diaries #2
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Acquisition: Bought

Purchase at: Amazon

Summer and the City brings surprising revelations as Carrie learns to navigate her way around the Big Apple, going from being a country “sparrow”—as Samantha Jones dubs her—to the person she always wanted to be. But as it becomes increasingly difficult to reconcile her past with her future, Carrie realizes that making it in New York is much more complicated than she ever imagined.
With her signature wit and sparkling humor, Candace Bushnell reveals the irresistible story of how Carrie met Samantha and Miranda, and what turned a small-town girl into one of New York City’s most unforgettable icons, Carrie Bradshaw.

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Book Review: The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell

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Title: The Carrie Diaries
Author: Candace Bushnell
Publication Date: January 1, 2010
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Series: The Carrie Diaries #1
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Acquisition: Bought

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Meet Carrie Bradshaw before ‘Sex and the City!’
The Carrie Diaries is the coming-of-age story of one of the most iconic characters of our generation.
Before Sex and the City, Carrie Bradshaw was a small town girl who knew she wanted more. She’s ready for real life to start, but first she must navigate her senior year of high school. Up until now, Carrie and her friends have been inseparable. Then Sebastian Kydd comes into the picture, and a friend’s betrayal makes her question everything.
With an unforgettable cast of characters, The Carrie Diaries is the story of how a regular girl learns to think for herself, and evolves into a sharp, insightful writer. Readers will learn about her family background, how she found her writing voice, and the indelible impression her early friendships and relationships left on her. Through adventures both audacious and poignant, we’ll see what brings Carrie to her beloved New York City, where her new life begins.

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Book Review: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

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favoriteTitle: Hopeless
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publication Date: December 17, 2012
Publisher: Colleen Hoover
Series: Hopeless #1
Format: Kindle
Acquisition: Bought

Purchase at: Amazon

Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…
That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.
Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.
Recommended for readers 17+ due to sexual content, harsh language and heavy subject matter.

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Book Review: Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover

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favoriteTitle: Finding Cinderella
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publication Date: October 14, 2013
Publisher: Atria Books
Series: Hopeless #2.5
Format: Kindle Edition
Acquisition: FREE download on Amazon

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This novella is a companion novel to the Hopeless series, but can be read as a standalone. 
A chance encounter in the dark leads eighteen-year-old Daniel and the girl who stumbles across him to profess their love for each other. But this love comes with conditions: they agree it will only last one hour and it will only be make-believe.
When their hour is up and the girl rushes off like Cinderella, Daniel tries to convince himself that what happened between them only seemed perfect because they were pretending it was perfect. Moments like that with girls like her don’t happen outside of fairytales.
One year and one bad relationship later, his disbelief in insta-love is stripped away the day he meets Six: a girl with a strange name and an even stranger personality. Daniel soon realizes the way he pretended to feel about Cinderella and the way he really feels about Six may not be so different after all. Especially when the two loves of his life end up being one in the same.
Unfortunately for Daniel, finding Cinderella doesn’t guarantee their happily ever after…it only further threatens it.

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ARC Book Review: More Than Jamie Baker by Kelly Oram

WARNING: This is a review for a second book in a series so spoilers are a possibility. You can read my review on book 1, Being Jamie Baker, here. You may also skip to the OVERALL and rating part.

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Title: More Than Jamie Baker
Author: Kelly Oram
Expected Publication: October 15, 2013
Publisher: Bluefields
Format: ARC ebook
Series: Jamie Baker #2
Acquisition: From the author

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Jamie Baker, the only girl in the world with superpowers, has now accepted who she is and learned to control her power. Not to mention she has the best boyfriend on the planet. Life is finally looking good. But the day she witnesses an accident and decides not to save the guy out of fear of being exposed, she realizes that simply being Jamie Baker isn’t enough.
After seeing Jamie so wrecked with guilt, the ever-helpful Ryan Miller decides it’s time to make all of his fantasies about turning his girlfriend into an honest-to-goodness superhero become a reality.
Of course, coming up with a decent Super Name and fending off all of Ryan’s attempts to get her into spandex aren’t the only problems Jamie faces. The more her alter ego starts to make headlines, the harder it becomes for Jamie to hide her extracurricular activities from her best friend, the government, radical scientists, and the mysterious new guy who is determined to steal her from her boyfriend.

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Book Review: The Avery Shaw Experiment by Kelly Oram

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favoriteTitle: The Avery Shaw Experiment
Author: Kelly Oram
Published: May 2, 2013
Publisher: Bluefields
ASIN: B00CMLBK9U
Format: Kindle Edition
Series: N/A
Acquisition: Bought

When Avery Shaw’s heart is shattered by her life-long best friend, she chooses to deal with it the only way she knows how—scientifically. 
The state science fair is coming up and Avery decides to use her broken heart as the topic of her experiment. She’s going to find the cure. By forcing herself to experience the seven stages of grief through a series of social tests, she believes she will be able to get over Aiden Kennedy and make herself ready to love again. But she can’t do this experiment alone, and her partner (ex partner!) is the one who broke her heart.
Avery finds the solution to her troubles in the form of Aiden’s older brother Grayson. The gorgeous womanizer is about to be kicked off the school basketball team for failing physics. He’s in need of a good tutor and some serious extra credit. But when Avery recruits the lovable Grayson to be her “objective outside observer,” she gets a whole lot more than she bargained for, because Grayson has a theory of his own: Avery doesn’t need to grieve. She needs to live. And if there’s one thing Grayson Kennedy is good at, it’s living life to the fullest.

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Book Review: V is for Virgin by Kelly Oram

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favoriteTitle: V is for Virgin
Author: Kelly Oram
Published: December 5, 2012
Publisher: Bluefields
ASIN: B00AJUVJN8
Format: Kindle Edition
Series: N/A
Acquisition: Bought

Purchase at: Amazon

When Val Jensen gets dumped for her decision to stay a virgin until marriage, the nasty breakup goes viral on YouTube, making her the latest internet sensation. 
After days of ridicule from her peers, Val starts a school-wide campaign to rally support for her cause. She meant to make a statement, but she never dreamed the entire nation would get caught up in the controversy. 
As if becoming nationally recognized as “Virgin Val” isn’t enough, Val’s already hectic life starts to spin wildly out of control when bad boy Kyle Hamilton, lead singer for the hit rock band Tralse, decides to take her abstinence as a personal challenge.
How can a girl stay true to herself when this year’s Sexiest Man Alive is doing everything in his power to win her over?

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Book Review: Serial Hottie by Kelly Oram

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Title: Serial Hottie
Author: Kelly Oram
Published: June 1, 2012
Publisher: Bluefields
ASIN: B008GR3SYO
Format: Kindle Edition
Series: N/A
Acquisition: Bought

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Hockey-obsessed tomboy Eleanor Westley has never been the object of a guy’s affection before. So when the hottest boy she’s ever seen moves in across the street and starts treating her like she’s the center of his universe, naturally she’s going to be a little skeptical. But everything starts to make sense when girls who look just like Ellie start dying all around the city. Obviously the new guy is the killer, and of course he only likes her because he wants to slice her into tiny pieces. Right?
The more Ellie gets to know Seth the more she’s convinced he’s a psychopathic killer. Problem is, he’s the sweetest psychopathic killer she’s ever met. Not to mention he’s brutally hot. No matter how hard she tries, she can’t help but fall for him. Will Ellie find true love, or will her summer of firsts turn out to be a summer of lasts?

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