AbA: Tellulah Darling – Sassy, Swoony, and Side-splitting

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So without further ado, let’s go to this month’s pick:

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Tellulah Darling

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Tellulah DarlingTellulah Darling
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Sassy girls. Swoony boys. What could go wrong?
1. YA romantic comedy author because her first kiss sucked and she’s compensating.
2. Alter ego of former screenwriter.
3. Sassy minx.

Geeks out over: cool tech.
Squees for: great storytelling.
Delights in: fabulous conversation.
Writes about: where love meets comedy. Awkwardness ensues.

Tellulah Darling is a firm believer that some of the best stories happen when love meets comedy. Which is why she has so much fun writing young adult romantic comedy novels. Her tales span contemporary, teen fantasy romance, and YA Greek mythology, and range from stand alone books to series. For Tellulah, teen romance is the most passionate, intense, and awkward there is – a comedy goldmine. Plus smart, mouthy, teen girls rock.

Author Links Blog ll Twitter ll Facebook

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ARC Book Review: Ungifted by Kelly Oram

Please Note: This is a review for a second book in a series. There may or may not be spoilers as much as I try to avoid it. You can find my review on the first book, Chameleon, here. But I think this one is worth reading because I liked this sequel better than the first book.

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Title: Ungifted
Author: Kelly Oram
Publication Date: February 20, 2014
Publisher: Bluefields
Series: Supernaturals #2
Format: eARC
Acquisition: Free from the Author

Even though her father is running for President of the United States, Grace St. Claire is as normal a girl as they come. She’s clumsy, shy, and an outcast among her peers. She even manages to nearly die in a freak accident in front of the entire school. But when Grace survives a vampire attack she quickly learns that she is anything but ordinary.
There’s something about human Grace that has all the supernaturals around her going crazy. Her best friend’s brother suddenly wants to date her. Her worst enemy has sworn to protect her even against her wishes. Someone with very powerful magic wants her dead, and the vampire that attacked her has developed an obsession with making her his eternal mate.
In order to survive—and not as Count Dracula’s undead bride—Grace dives head first into the terrifying world of the supernatural. She teams up with a charming but mysterious warlock who strolled into town causing trouble and spouting stories of a Prophesy and Chosen One that looks exactly like Grace. Together they must figure out why Grace is different, who wants her dead, how she’s connected to the Chosen One, and who they can really trust.

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Battle of the Book Boyfriends: #TeamRyan and #TeamGrayson

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Kelly Oram writes some of the best swoony boys and I LOVE all of them. So it was really really really hard for me to choose a team. So what did I do? I chose two of course. I honestly don’t know how I’m supposed to pimp out these guys, but I shall try my hardest. What’s important to know is that I simply ADORE them. I actually want all the book boyfriends to win so that we can all get extras for all of them. 😛

Let me just start by saying that I stupidly procrastinated doing this post. I wanted to do this the day before, but then I found out that the highlights I were counting on disappeared. I’m talking about my Kindle App. I changed devices and when I checked, the highlights weren’t there! So what did I do? I re-read The Avery Shaw Experiment to get some quotes. I also wanted to re-read Being Jamie Baker, but I didn’t have enough time so I won’t have as much quotes for Ryan. Sorry! It’s better if you read the books anyway since their better within context. Continue reading

AbA: Kelly Oram – Swoon, Side-splitting, and Superkissing

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So without further ado, let’s go to this month’s pick:

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Kelly Oram

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kelly oramKelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen – a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which family and friends still tease her. She’s obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and loves to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and four children.

Check her out on her: Blog ❘ Facebook ❘ Twitter ❘ Goodreads ❘Amazon

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Her Books and My Ratings:

Currently, Kelly Oram has currently released 6 YA books, 3 of which are Contemporary and 3 have fantasy elements. She has upcoming releases for her Fantasy books too. I have purchased all 6 of her books, and I have read and reviewed all of them. And now I’m  looking forward to her upcoming books. For the “Gist” part below, I used Kelly Oram’s summaries when I interviewed her last Decemeber (which I recommend to be read because it was super fun).

Being Jamie BakerTitle: BEING JAMIE BAKER

Series: Jamie Baker #1

Genre: YA Fantasy

Gist: Jamie learns to control her superpowers before her secret is discovered by bad guys. And Ryan Miller… (Warning: Contains Superkissing!)

What I think: Debut novel faves. Hilarious. Adorable. Swoony Ryan!

MY FULL REVIEW

My Rating: 5-star

More Than Jamie BakerTitle: MORE THAN JAMIE BAKER

Series: Jamie Baker #2

Genre: YA Fantasy

Gist: Jamie Baker goes superhero! More powers. More bad guys. More Ryan Miller. And lots more superkissing!)

What I think: Again, Swoony Ryan Miller! AWFUL CLIFF-HANGER!!! Not as good as book 1, but still makes me want to read book 3.

MY FULL REVIEW

My Rating: 3.5-star

Serial HottieTitle: SERIAL HOTTIE

Series: N/A

Genre: YA Contemporary Mystery Romance

Gist: Ellie thinks the new hottie across the street might be a serial killer with his sights set on her. Too bad she can’t stop kissing him…

What I think: Very interesting with a hint of suspense. Lovable female protagonist. Very crazy male lead, but still lovable. Super funny!

MY FULL REVIEW

My Rating: 4.5-star

V is for VirginTitle: V IS FOR VIRGIN

Series: N/A

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Gist: Val is determined to stay virgin until marriage. Sexy rock star Kyle is determined to change her mind. Chaos and kissing ensue…

What I think: Very unique. Surprising. Inspirational and passionate female lead. Hot males! Funny, heart-breaking and heart-warming

MY FULL REVIEW

My Rating: 5-star

ChameleonTitle: Chameleon

Series: Supernaturals #1

Genre: YA Fantasy

Gist: Vampires, werewolves, warlocks. Dani’s supernatural and destined to save the world. + 2 boys = 2 x the kissing!

What I think: Least favorite of all. Not enough answers to all of the questions. Frustrating characters. I want Russ!!! #TeamRuss

MY FULL REVIEW

My Rating: 3.5-star

The Avery Shaw ExperimentTitle: THE AVERY SHAW EXPERIMENT

Series: N/A

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Gist: Smart-girl Avery looks for the cure to her broken heart through science. Golden-boy Grayson has a different plan—lots of kissing!

What I think: Absolute favorite! Very unique. Super adorable characters. Perfect.

MY FULL REVIEW

My Rating: 5-star

Upcoming Books:

UngiftedTitle: UNGIFTED

Series: Supernaturals #2

Genre: YA Fantasy

I have an eARC of this book, but I have yet to read it! It’s set to release this month, and I’m planning to post my review on the release date. Hopefully, I will be able to follow through. I’m wishing that this book would be a lot better than the first.

So for 6 out of 7 books, the final rating for Kelly Oram’s works:

4.5-star

What Kelly Oram offers: I will confess that I really really love Kelly Oram. I will admit that not all her books completely agree with me, but the ones that I love just wowed me enough to read everything she has to offer! I’m most interested in her YA Contemporary RomComs though. She provides very unique settings and characters. All her books are simply hilarious. Most of her characters also have very good family relations.  There are so many swoon-worthy men, most with blue eyes (which I love). She has lovable female protagonists. Oh, and lots of kissing!

The Price? Her ebooks are really affordable at $4.99. Or is it $2.99 in the US? Not sure! Just check. 😛 She’ll be having a sale soon though so watch out for that.

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Final Verdict:

Kelly is an  Author

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Have you read any of her books? Did you love them too? What did you think of them? Who are your auto-buy authors?

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Rating System: (In Stars and Letter Grades)

5 [A+]
4.5 [A]
4 [A-]
3.5 [B+]
3 [B]
2.5 [B-]
2 [C+]
1.5 [C]
1 [C-]
0.5 [D]
0 [F]

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But wait, there’s more! Kelly is hosting a week-long event in celebration of Valentine’s Day. There will be a lot of fun stuff going on, and her books will go on sale! (Click on the banners for more details)

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Kindle ebooks of THE AVERY SHAW EXPERIMENT and V IS FOR VIRGIN by Kelly Oram

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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

Purchase at: Amazon

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: Chameleon by Kelly Oram

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Title: Chameleon
Author: Kelly Oram
Published: June 20, 2013
Publisher: Bluefields
ASIN: B00DJVQ6AU
Format: Kindle Edition
Series: Supernaturals #1
Acquisition: Bought

Purchase at: Amazon

For small-town rebel Dani Webber magic and monsters are no more real than the Easter Bunny… until the day she accidentally stops time. Dani quickly discovers that not only do supernaturals exist, but she herself is one of them. This is great news for her life-long best friend Russ, who can finally come clean about his own supernatural status and his undying love for her. Before the two can start to enjoy the long overdue relationship, Dani is taken by a powerful council of supernaturals who believe she is the Chosen One destined to save them from extinction. 
As if being kidnapped and expected to save the world isn’t bad enough, an ancient prophecy warns of the Chosen One’s dark nature: “Only the truest love will keep her an agent for good.” The council believes they know who this “true love” is and, unfortunately, that person isn’t Russ. The mysterious, powerful and devastatingly handsome Seer is the last person Dani wants in her life, but when she starts having visions of a horrific future, she has no one else to turn to for help. 
Soon Dani finds herself torn between two very different boys with two very different opinions of whom she can trust. With the visions getting worse and time running out, Dani is forced to put aside her feelings and work with both the Seer and Russ before an ancient evil is unleashed upon the earth.

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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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