Thursday, September 18, 2014

Review: Unstoppable

Title: Unstoppable
Author: Melody Grace
ISBN13: 9781310810602
Book Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Release Date: September 19th 2014
Book Source: NetGalley

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Goodreads Synopsis:
A secret scar…
Tegan Callahan has sworn off bad boys for good. Growing up on tour with her rock star brother, she knows first-hand the damage they can do. She’s looking for a nice, safe, stable guy – until a chance encounter with a devastatingly sexy stranger makes her question everything she thought she wanted.
A troubled soul…
Ryland James arrives in Beachwood Bay on the run from his mistakes. He knows he’s the last thing Tegan needs, but somehow, he can’t stay away. There’s something about her fierce beauty that draws him in – and makes him vow to protect her, whatever the cost.
A passionate destiny…
Their bond is undeniable; the stakes, higher than ever. But the past won’t stay gone forever, and soon, Ryland must make the ultimate choice: will he risk everything he treasures in the world, or keep Tegan safe – and sacrifice her love forever?


Review:

Off the bat, I just have to say that I'm a HUGE fan of the Beachwood Bay series and have been waiting a lot for this particular book to come out. This is the fifth book in the series, but they all go well as standalones, though some family dynamics might be lost if you haven't read the rest. What's special about this particular book is that both characters have siblings whose stories have been told at some point or the other so that even if you didn't catch a glimpse of them in the previous books, you heard about them. 

Ryland ran away from home seven years ago and is finally ready to not only return, but put down roots as well - yet the life he was leading won't let him go that easily. Tegan has had a rough time in the past few years and is trying her best to find herself, make something out of her life and be free of the past and the guilt. It seems like fate has a plan for them as they meet not once, but twice, when they find ways to help each other out. Now, what I seriously love about this series and Melody Grace's characters is that each and every one of them has different demons to fight, they're unique but still ultimately hurting and so broken inside. I enjoy seeing them grow, get out of their past's pain and learn to live life normally again. None of the books have as dark an element as the first one though, but they still capture the insecurities and fragility in their own ways. 

Ryland's mother was a junkie, running out on his family had kept her on his trail though. He finds trouble with people he shouldn't have been involved with, and as he finally thinks he's out, he's sucked back in. You get a glimpse into Ryland's life as he deals with the happy lives his siblings are leading with their partners, and how he craves that kind of closeness with someone. You see his relief at being back in Beachwood Bay and wanting to rebuild his life from scratch on a clean slate, only sadly his past keeps haunting him and coming back to interrupt the life he wants to have.

Tegan just got out of rehab, she's dealing with the trauma of the past involving her ex boyfriend who also happened to be a junkie and kept her tied in a very unhealthy relationship. Tegan decided to visit Beachwood Bay to get out of LA and find a new direction in life, be away and discover herself. She's not sure what she's hoping for or if she'd get it done, but the peaceful area by the sea seems to help soothe some of her demons, just not stop the nightmares altogether. Songwriting helps though. You get to see her in pain, trying to deal with the past, trying to move on, giving herself a push and some strength. I could relate to her so much it's scary. Tegan was such an interesting character and one of my favorites in the series so far.

Now, as much as I loved this book - and truly, I did. There were two points that really bugged me. The first point would be, Tegan was working on something involving her brother Dex *yes I'm trying not to give away any spoilers but it's hard* and we never get to see it all the way through, just a glimpse and bam, gone! I thought it would play such a large part in the story. The other point would be with Ryland. The story started out great, even paced, slow even, as you saw them interact, and come clean to one another, get the siblings involved, but as slow as that went, the ending (which is the most vital part in the entire story) was so ridiculously rushed that I stood for a second there wondering if I missed something. For someone with a past following him and eating up at him all throughout the story, the last part sure was resolved quickly. Hell, it could have been resolved before he set foot in Beachwood Bay if that's the tack he was going to take, why on earth had it taken him that long to get to it? I expected more heartbreak and pain, I expected a fight, a huge breaking out, a confrontation, but I didn't get any of that and sadly I was kind of disappointed.

On the other hand, you get a glimpse on two more characters for the upcoming book in the series Blake and Zoey, and boy, I can't tell you how desperate I am to read this book right now! I need to know what happens with both of them.

All in all, it was still such a great read and I enjoyed it immensely.

Rating: 3/5!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wishlist Wednesday #17 & Waiting on Wednesday #16


Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop hosted @ Pen to Paper where we will post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added (it's entirely up to you), that we can't wait to get off the wishlist and onto our wonderful shelves.



My pick here would be the sequel to one of my favorite books of 2013:

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Darkness never dies.
Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her--or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.








"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted @ Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating






Not that I read book two, but I'm kind of waiting for this book so I can fully read the entire series without waiting impatiently!


The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Mara Dyer wants to believe there's more to the lies she’s been told.
There is.
She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.
She should.
She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance.
She will now.
Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story.
Retribution has arrived.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #7

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.
Each week they will post a new Top Ten list  that one of their bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.


This week's Top Ten Tuesday is: Top Ten Authors I've Only Read One Book From But NEED to Read More

1) Holly Black: 
I've only read for her The Coldest Girl in Coldtown and seriously LOVED it!

2) Tahereh Mafi:
I never got around to reading past Shatter Me, but I'm excited to complete this trilogy!

3) Leigh Bardugo:
I seriously cannot wait to complete the Grisha trilogy because I can't put in words how much I enjoyed Shadow and Bone.

4) Ava Dellaira:
Yes, I suspect her upcoming books might kill me like Love Letters to the Dead, but it's a death I'd take gladly.

5) Erin Morgenstern:
The Night Circus was one of my top favorite reads of 2012 and I definitely need more books like this!

6) Sarah Ockler:
I've heard a lot of mixed reviews about the author's books, but I personally just love The Book of Broken Hearts, and hope to read more like it!

7) Rainbow Rowell:
I seriously enjoyed Fangirl, but I'm definitely looking forward to more reads by her!

8) Michelle Hodkin:
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer was such an epic read and I just need to complete that trilogy!

9) Sarah J. Maas:
I quite enjoyed Throne of Glass and need to get my hands on more books in this series.

10) Morgan Matson:
I am a sucker for contemporary books, so really I need more books like Amy & Roger's Epic Detour! 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Loving Eden Cover Reveal




Today is the bonus scene reveal for LOVING EDEN, the sequel to KISSING EDEN by T.A. Foster! This is a New Adult contemporary romance. This title will be released on September 25th.


Be sure to ADD IT TO GOODREADS

BOOK SUMMARY:

Have you ever thought of packing up everything you own and moving halfway across the country?

I’m talking about leaving your entire life behind—friends, family, school—with no turning back. No? Me either, but that was before a week of spring break changed my life forever. Before I did something I never thought I’d do at twenty-two. Before I fell in love with Grey.

Sometimes happily ever after isn’t always what you think it will be.


CHAPTER ONE



GREY

Room twenty-four. I looked at it one last time. The day I moved in here wasn’t a happy day. Pops had died, left me the Palm Palace, and I didn’t have anywhere else on the island to stay. Somehow it became home. A small, one room spot by the ocean had become home.

There wasn’t much to pack: work clothes, a few tools, my boots. I had already hauled most of it next door, but there were still a few boxes in storage. I would try to get those before Eden arrived. I looked at my phone. She should be here in four or five hours.

I shook my head. I hated the idea that she was on the road by herself. She was stubborn. I knew that the first minute I laid eyes on her, but this was crazier than hell. Driving all the way from Chapel Hill to Padre was damn near reckless, but I couldn’t talk her out of it. She said it had something to do with proving that she was moving for the right reasons. If it meant that much to her I knew better than to stand in her way.

I pulled the door behind me and turned the heavy brass key in the lock to secure the room. Maybe one day I’d be able to afford those fancy keyless entries, but that was far off. I was lucky the Palm was still open. It had been a rough year trying to keep it afloat, but Eden breezed in here and showed me what was possible. She had all kinds of creative ideas about marketing, advertising, and services we could add. It was one of the things I loved about her—she saw past the peeling paint and the rusty doorknobs. She saw the Palm the same way I did and she loved it. She loved every last pink and blue tile, the way the boardwalk creaked when you walked on it, and how we probably had the only pool on the island without a diving board. That girl was something else.

I didn’t take it lightly that we were moving in together. Who could? Last time I tried this Laura and I barely left on speaking terms. But that was different. That was Laura and her obsession with med school. This was Eden and everything about her made me realize it was the right decision. Sure I was nervous, but I’d never tell her that. I didn’t want things with us to end up like they did the last time I gave this a shot. I was going to make sure it wouldn’t.

That’s why I had to surprise her with the beach cottage. I couldn’t let her move all the way here and start off in room twenty-four. We’d probably get on each other’s nerves faster than the tide changed on the beach, but besides that I wanted her to know I took this seriously. The blue house next door meant something. It wasn’t a cramped shoebox where we’d have to split a closet and a dresser combo. It was a place that could be ours, a place we could work on together, and a place where we could figure out the future.

I shoved the key in my pocket. I had to get it back to the office. My phone rang.

“Hey, Marin. What’s up?”

“I just talked to Eden. She’s in Louisiana.”

“You didn’t ruin the surprise did you?” I had trusted everyone on the island with the beach house secret, but deep down knew someone would let it slip. Things had a way of getting out around here.

Marin laughed. “No, she has no idea. She thinks you are bunking up in that cute little room of yours at the Palm.”

“Thanks, girl. Did she sound ok? I’m trying not to bug her.” What I really wanted to do was call her every hour and find out where she was, but that would contradict her plan. I managed to respect it since she got on the road.

“She sounded like a girl who can’t wait to see you. I’ll let you know when she get’s to the bridge, ok?”

“Alright. Thanks. I appreciate you checking up on her for me. I don’t want her to think I don’t think she can handle it.” I opened the door to the stuffy office.

“She can handle it. Don’t worry about her, Grey. She’ll be here tonight. Call you later.”

“Thanks.”

Marin hung up and I tossed my phone on the cart. I had a few rooms to check before I made my way to the cottage to get things set up. Eden would be here tonight. This would be her office. I was handing over the books, the reservations, and all of the marketing to her. It was probably a bigger step than sharing a bathroom, but I knew I didn’t trust anyone else with Pop’s legacy like I trusted Eden.

As I shoved the cart out of the back door, I heard the wind kick up on the beach. Eden and I were moving in together. I knew after tonight my life would never be the same, and there was no turning back. Good thing I didn’t want to.


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Previous book in the series.

KISSING EDEN - AVAILABLE NOW!


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AUTHOR INFORMATION:

T.A. Foster's Bio:
T.A. Foster once spent a monthlong spring break on South Padre Island, where she soaked in the Texas sun, beach, and learned what real Texas country music is. Sometimes fiction does spring from reality.

She grew up catching rays and chasing waves along the North Carolina Outer Banks and now resides in the state with her adventurous pilot husband, two children, and two canine kiddos.

T.A. has an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a graduate degree in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University. When she’s not chasing her two-legged and four-legged children or trying to escape for date night, you can find her reading, writing, or planning her next beach trip.

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