Thursday, April 18, 2013

Cover Reveal: No Reverse

Hello, readers!

Today I am participating in a cover reveal for a New Adult novel coming out August 12th, 2013. The details are below in case you want to add this to your to-be-read pile. This is my alternative to WoW this week, and I cannot wait to pick up this book.

Title: No Reverse

Age Group/Genre: New Adult Contemporary
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Author: Marion Croslydon

Cover Designer: Phat Puppy Art

Photography: Teresa Yeh

Expected release: Summer 2013 

Cover reveal organized by: AToMR Tours

The Summary That Makes Me Want To Read This Novel:

A girl who needs to undo the past. A boy who wants to forget it. In love, there’s no way back.
At high school in Steep Hill, Kansas, Cassie O’Malley and Josh MacBride were the poster couple for quarterback/cheerleader romance until they starred in their own tale of teen pregnancy. No need to say: their shotgun wedding was low-key. But when there was no baby anymore, they went their separate ways. Five years later, Josh has breezed through Georgetown and is about to finish his post-grad degree at Oxford University. He is set to join a lobbying group on Capitol Hill, owned by his new fiancée’s father. For Josh, the sky is now the limit… only he must first take care of a tiny legal matter: technically, he’s still married to the girl who broke his heart. Meanwhile, Cassie has been waiting tables in Steep Hill to pay for her sick grandmother’s care. On the day of the old lady’s funeral, Cassie is served with two sets of papers. Josh is asking for a divorce. Her heart squeezes, but, well, he moved on a long time ago. But the second envelope shakes Cassie to the core. So, for the first time, she leaves Kansas and heads to good ol’ England. There, Cassie finds that Josh has not just “moved on,” he’s freakin’ engaged to some blue-blooded heiress. The feelings Cassie had buried deep rush back to her. But no matter if he keeps thrusting the divorce papers under her nose, she needs him to save the only person she loves more than Josh, more than life itself…     About the Author Marion loves to share happy vibes, talk book crush, fictional boyfriends and sexual chemistry with like-minded people. And because she spends most of her days on her own deep inside her writing cave, you are welcome to come and say “hello” from time to time. Just to make sure she doesn’t sink into insanity. Her friends, family and arch-enemies (there are quite a few) will be forever grateful for your help.

And Here is the Cover!

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Evolution of Mara Dyer

Author: Michelle Hodkin

Source: Library

Summary: (goodreads)

 Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past.

She can’t.

She used to think her problems were all in her head.

They aren’t.

She couldn’t imagine that after everything she’s been through, the boy she loves would still be keeping secrets.

She’s wrong.

In this gripping sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, the truth evolves and choices prove deadly. What will become of Mara Dyer next?

Review: As a huge fan of the first book in this series, I thought I was set to adore the second one  as well. But there were some major cons for me in this story. Although the overall plot was still magnificent and ambitious, the execution for this book faltered way too many times to ignore it.

Way too many things were placed in coincidentally to help keep the ball rolling and it was unrealistic even in this paranormal environment. Did anybody count how many times Mara blacks out? It was so many that I lost track. I don't know if there is supposed to be a secret reason why and maybe all will be revealed in the third book, but it was ridiculous. Mara would black out at the most inopportune times to seemingly make the story longer.

When I look back, I don't feel like much of anything happened in this novel. It was so much of the characters running around and randomly creating new problems to solve. I think this would have been better as one large, stand-alone book instead of a series.

Emotionally, this was an intense part of Mara's story. The psychology is so tangled up that at times I wasn't sure if Mara was a reliable narrator. I even wondered if she had imagined some scenes because of what a nervous wreck she becomes. Her dependence on Noah borders on clingy, which is somewhat understandable given her predicament, but mostly it was just unrealistic.

The ending is tragic, but I cannot say that I cared too much about what happened after Mara blacks out for the umpteenth time. I anxiously awaited this sequel and wanted so much to love it, but those ridiculous plot twists buried the possibility of a five star review.

Nevertheless, The Evolution of Mara Dyer can still provide an exciting tour of the troubled mind and if fans loved the first, then you will at least have some closure (very little, but some) in this one.

But I'm not sure how much more story is left for a third.

Rating: 1 2 3 3.5 4 5

Other Books in the Series:

1. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
3. The Retribution of Mara Dyer (To Be Released October 22nd, 2013)