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Hi friends,

Today, I sort of impulsively decided to move my blog over to www.anovelglimpse.com. I said to myself, why not just go for it? I’m hoping the switch will go smoothly both for me and for my followers. *crosses fingers*

I’ve migrated all of my followers over from anovelglimpse.wordpress.com. My email subscribers will continue to receive emails when I post, but my WP followers will need to sign up to follow by email if you would like to continue to receive email updates when I post. You’ll still be able to see my posts in your WP Reader, even if you don’t sign up to follow by email.

I have to admit that I’m kind of freaking out right now! Lol.

Deanna

Before the Blog #9: Rooms

Before the Blog is a weekly blog meme hosted by Karis Jacobstein over @ YA Litwit. It’s an opportunity to showcase books a blogger read and loved prior to starting their blog .  I love this idea because there are so many amazing books I haven’t reviewed on A Novel Glimpse because I read them a long time ago. The only rules to this meme are to answer the following questions about the book chosen to review:

  • Why did you choose this book? 
  • When did you read this book? 
  • Who would you recommend this book to? 

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Rooms by Lauren Oliver

Publication Date: September 23, 2014

Publisher: Ecco

Synopsis:

The Walker family has returned to their childhood home after their estranged father dies. They’re not the only ones in the house, though. There are ghosts living in the house, too. All of the inhabitants of the house must come to terms with painful truths.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Why did you choose this book?

Well, I don’t have an “O” author on my A-Z List yet…While that’s true, I wanted to spotlight Rooms because I really enjoyed it. I know that’s not the case for many readers. This is Ms. Oliver’s first adult book and it’s very different from anything she’s written. I hadn’t read any of her other books except Panic, so I didn’t get why some didn’t enjoy it. After reading Before I Fall, I guess I can see it. I still think this book deserves a fair chance. I found it fresh and interesting.

When did you read this book?

I borrowed a copy of Rooms from my local library in November of 2014.

Who would you recommend this book to?

Well for starters, I would say not to her YA readers. It really is an adult book with sex, violence and mature thoughts and feelings.  Adult readers who like quirky books with dark themes and unlikable characters will enjoy this one.

Kick Push

Kick Push (The Road Series #2) by Jay McLean

Publication Date: August 4, 2015

Synopsis: 

At seventeen, skateboarder Josh Warden became a single dad. He gave up his dreams to take care of his son. It was a struggle. Now, three years later, he’s finally in a good place. He’s got a good job, a great place to stay and he’s got Tommy.

Then she shows up. His neighbor’s daughter, Becca. She’s beautiful and mysterious. Josh can’t seem to stay away from her. He should. He’s got enough on his plate being a single dad. And Becca…Well, Becca’s got some issues of her own. He’d love to ask her about them–if she would talk.

My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Ugh. I loved this book, but I hated this book. Does that mean I just liked this book? I don’t know. I’m having a hard time deciding how I actually feel about it. It’s making it really hard to write a good review of it. I think I’m going to just bullet what I liked and didn’t like.

The great things about this book:

  • Tommy was stinkin’ cute. He had super powers that would make anyone adore him.
  • Hunter’s humor and support of Josh. Their conversations were hilarious. I would have liked more of him in this book.
  • The skateboarding. It was just super cool.
  • Photography aspect of the story. I love pictures of my loved ones, so this hit home for me.
  • Last (but not least), Josh. What I loved most about this book was him. He was just a stand up guy. No matter what problems he and Becca faced, his reactions were all simply because he loved her. He may have been a jerk at times, but he always made sure she knew he loved her.

The thing that drove me nuts:

  • Becca’s hidden past. It drug out FOREVER. Seriously, for most of the book. The first half of the book, it was mysterious and intriguing. The second half, it was like come on already! Just tell me! I started to think that no matter what it was, I was just going to write her off as weird. Which wouldn’t have been very nice of me because there was such tragedy in her life. Once I knew, I could identify with her actions better.
  • The ending. This one is my own fault. It’s a cliffhanger and I had no idea. I didn’t notice the (Kick Push #1) after the title on Goodreads. (Which is confusing because Jay McLean has Kick Push listed as The Road Series – Book 2 on her website.) But honestly, I would have rather seen Josh and Becca’s story wrap up in one book. Mostly because I’m still not 100% digging Becca. I am curious to see what will happen to them (or mainly Josh), so I will read the next book. Maybe Becca will grow on me now I know her backstory. I hope so.

So, would I recommend reading this book? I’m going to say yes. I have decided the positives outweigh the negatives. So much of the story is Josh and Tommy. It’s just too cute and special of a story to pass up. And I’m going to go back and read Where the Road Takes Me. I need more Hunter. I know I have it on my Kindle and never read it. Shame on me! I need to update my TBR (CRAP) list!

Other books in The Road series:

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Of Your Auto-buy Authors

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Top Ten Of Your Auto-buy Authors (no matter the genre or what it’s about…you’ll buy it from these authors!). Here is my list.

1. Maggie Stiefvater – YA Urban Fantasy

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

2. Colleen Hoover – New Adult & YA

Confess

3. Karen White – Fiction

The Beach Trees

4. Jill Shalvis – Contemporary Romance

Animal Magnetism (Animal Magnetism, #1)

5. Kristan Higgins – Contemporary Romance

The Best Man (Blue Heron, #1)

6. Jessica Park – New Adult

Left Drowning

7. Kasie West – YA Contemporary

On the Fence

8. Rainbow Rowell – YA and Adult

Eleanor & Park

9. Kate Perry – Contemporary Romance

Perfect for You (Laurel Heights, #1)

10. Bella Andre – Contemporary Romance & New Adult

The Look of Love (The Sullivans, #1)

Which authors make your auto-buy list? Tell me in the comments!

The Bedtime Book Tag

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Thank you to Giselle @ Hardwork Boulevard for tagging me for The Bedtime Book Tag. It was a fun tag to participate in!

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1. A Book That Kept You Up All Night Reading

Nine Minutes (Nine Minutes, #1)

The most recent book that kept me up all night reading was Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn. I just had to know what was going to happen.

2. A Book That Made You Scared To Sleep

Those Girls

Hmm…I don’t read horror or anything remotely scary, so this is a tough one. I would say that I did have trouble going to sleep after reading Those Girls by Chevy Stevens. It was just so intense!

3. A Book That Made You Go To Sleep

Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light

I was in a book group with some lovely ladies for a while a few years back. One of the books selected was Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light by Jane Bronx. While the information was interesting, it was written like a text book. It was so boring I couldn’t get past the first chapter. It was my first DNF ever. I was so disappointed in myself, but I just couldn’t do it. It really did put me to sleep every time I cracked the cover.

4. A Book That Left You Tossing and Turning All Night in Anticipation of Its Release

Out of Time (Nine Minutes, #2)

I just had to know what was going to happen after Nine Minutes ended. Out of Time did not disappoint! Now, I’m eagerly awaiting the next book!

5. A Book That Has Your Dream Boyfriend

Ahhh. This is a hard one! I spend a lot of time trying to remember books I’ve read. I’m just going to pick one I’ve read recently.The Deal (Off-Campus, #1)

Garret Graham from The Deal by Elle Kennedy.

6. A Book That Would Be Your Worst Nightmare to Live In

The Book Thief

I wouldn’t want to live in World War II Nazi Germany like in The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. The time was so devastating.

or

The Shack

I couldn’t cope with a world where my daughter was abducted and murdered, like in The Shack by Wm. Paul Young. Upsets me just to think about it. Heck, I haven’t even read the book, the idea upsets me so much.

7. A Book That Reminds You of Nighttime

There is No Light in Darkness (Darkness, #1)

There is No Light in Darkness by Claire Contreras because, well, night is dark. Duh.

8. A Book That Had a Nightmarish Cliffhanger

Never Never (Never Never, #1)

 Never Never by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher had a crazy cliffhanger! Never Never, Part 2 was just as bad. I can’t wait to see what Part 3 has in store for readers!

9. Book That You Actually Dreamed About

I can’t remember a book I’ve actually dreamed about. If I was going to dream about being in a book, it would have to be a love story. 😉

10. A Book Monster that You Would Not Want to Find Under Your Bed

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

I would like to avoid any of the monster, ghosts, etc. from Maggie Stiefvator‘s The Raven Boys. I love this series, but I don’t need to meet any of the evil characters in real life.

Thank you for reading this tag! I am going to be lazy this time (sorry!) and nominate any blogger that would like to participate. 🙂

Too Many Books, Too Little Time

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I’m starting to feel a little overwhelmed by my TBR list. Four book requests from my local library just came in and two Goodreads Giveaway wins just showed up at my door. Not to mention, there’s a couple of books I bought or downloaded from the library on my Kindle.

With summer being so beautiful here in the Pacific Northwest, I’ve been busy enjoying the sunshine and warm weather with my daughter. Reading time is at a premium. I love these long days, but I think I’m looking forward to school starting and my daughter going to bed earlier. I need more me time (which means reading time)!

Am I the only one that summer equals less time to read? It used to be the opposite  when I was in school, but it’s definitely changed.

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s Top Ten is Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds (love reading, are writers, work at a bookstore, etc.).


1. Fangirl
by Rainbow Rowell

The main character, Cath, is a huge fan of Simon Snow series. She writes fan fiction stories about Simon and his world.

Fangirl


2. The Thirteenth Tale
by Diane Setterfield

Margaret Lea is a biographer who grew up in her father’s bookshop. She is asked to write the biography of a famous British novelist.

The Thirteenth Tale


3. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 
by Stieg Larsson

Mikael Blomkvist is a journalist whose expose has caused him legal problems.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)4. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan is compiling a collection of stories about the help in her 1962 Mississippi town .

The Help


5. Mud Vein
 by Tarryn Fisher

Senna Richards is a reclusive novelist that awakens to find herself trapped in a secluded house.

Mud Vein


6. Slammed 
by Colleen Hoover

Laken falls for her new neighbor, Will Cooper, who writes slam poetry.

Slammed (Slammed, #1)


7. The Time Travellers Wife 
by Audrey Niffeneger

Librarian and time traveller Henry DeTamble falls for artist Claire Abshire. Their love story flows across time.

The Time Traveler's Wife


8. Dream of You 
by Kate Perry

Novelist Lola Carlisle falls for sports radio host Sam “Touchdown” Taylor.

Dream of You (Laurel Heights, #5)


9.
 Almost Perfect by Susan Mallery

Novelist Liz Sutton gets a second chance at love with Ethan Hendrix.

Almost Perfect (Fool's Gold, #2)


10. The House on Tradd Street 
by Karen White

Real estate agent Melanie Middleton can see ghosts. Her writer friend Jack Trenholm helps her discover the mysteries behind the ghosts.

The House on Tradd Street (Tradd Street, #1)

What is your favorite book about a book nerd? Tell me in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters (example: features minority/religious minority, socioeconomic diversity, disabled MC,  neurotypical character, LGBTQ, etc.). Below (in no particular order) is my list of books celebrating diversity or diverse characters.


1. The Year We Fell Down
by Sarina Bowen

Corey Callahan is beginning her freshman year of college in a wheel chair. It’s not how she planned it. Corey was supposed to be on the varsity hockey team. Now, she’s learning how to navigate the Harkens campus in her wheel chair. Luckily, she has her hot and injured neighbor, Adam Hartley, to help her. Too bad he already has a girlfriend.

The Year We Fell Down (The Ivy Years, #1)

2. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan

Will Grayson is not the only Will Grayson–or so he discovers one night in Chicago. After meeting, their lives begin to overlap in ways they never thought possible. It all leads up to a hugely fabulous high school musical.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson


3. 
 Flat-Out Celeste by Jessica Park

High school senior Celeste Watkins is different than her classmates. She’s smarter than them. She talks differently than them. She’s also horrible at letting people in and making friends. Then, she meets quirky college student Justin Milano. He’s exactly what Celeste needs to break out of her shell.

Flat-Out Celeste (Flat-Out Love, #2)


4. Home is Where You Are
by Tessa Marie

Anna’s a privileged high school student. Dean’s a homeless kid. Neither of them expected to fall in love. Can Anna’s love help Dean survive his tough life?

Home is Where You Are


5. Lola and the Boy Next Door 
by Stephanie Perkins

Funky designer wannabe Lola Nolan has the perfect life. Hot rocker boyfriend? Check. Cool gay dads? Check. Awesome best friend? Check. Then the boy she crushed on years ago moves back in next door and throws everything all out of whack.

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)


6. 
Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan

Bree Prescott is running from the horrors of her past. She’s hoping the lakeside town of Pelion will help her heal. What she finds in Pelion, is Archer Hale. She can’t help be drawn to Archer — and his silent demons. Can they help heal each other?

Archer's Voice


7. Eleanor & Park
by Rainbow Rowell

She’s a weird red head. He’s half-Korean. They couldn’t stand out more in their Midwestern town if they tried.

Eleanor & Park


8. OC Me 
by Kristin Albright

After Amy’s aunt is in a tragic accident, Amy becomes obsessed with irrational fears. She tries to hide them from her friends and family. This becomes even harder when she falls for James. When Amy finds out she has OCD, she must learn to admit the truth to herself and those closest to her.

OC Me

9. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

College student Sydney has an amazing life–then everything comes crashing down when she learns her boyfriend is cheating on her. Having no one else to turn to, she befriends her neighbor, Ridge. Ridge is cute and talented. Sidney loves listening to him play music on his balcony. Ridge’s just as captivated with Sidney as she is with him. There’s something about her that he can’t shake.

Maybe Someday (Maybe, #1)


10. Dinner with Buddha
by Ronald Merullo

Otto Ringling goes on a road trip with his Mongolian monk brother-in-law, Rinpoche. Otto hopes to find a new meaning for his life, while Rinpoche searches for the next place to serve.

Dinner with Buddha

What are books you have read that celebrate diversity or diverse characters? Leave them in the comments below.

ARC Review: Him

HimHim by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

Publication Date: July 28, 2015

Publisher: Rennie Road Books

Synopsis:

Jamie Canning and Ryan Wesley were best friends. They may have only seen each other every summer at hockey camp, but their friendship lasted for years–until their very last night at camp when Wes made the biggest mistake of his life by manipulating his best friend. Wes has no one to thank but himself for ruining their friendship.

Jamie never understood what happened with Wes. One day they were best friends, the next Wes was just…gone. Well, things might have gotten a little weird that last night at camp, but it was no big deal.

Four years later, Wes and Jamie run into each other at the college hockey national championship. Wes wants to apologize. Jamie wants answers. Neither really gets what they want.

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Weeks later, Jamie is shocked when Wes shows up to help coach at their old summer camp. This time, Wes is going to be completely honest with Jamie. Wes’ big reveal is going to cause Jamie to re-evaluate everything he thought he knew about himself.

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

As you can probably tell from my reviews of The Deal and The Mistake, I love Elle Kennedy’s Off-Campus series. Prior to beginning A Novel Glimpse, I read and loved the first two books in Sarina Bowen’s Ivy Years series. So, when I was presented with the chance to read an ARC of their first collaboration together, Him, I was super excited.

I knew going in this was a M/M romance. It’s the first one I’ve ever read. I was curious to see how it was going to go and if I would like it. I knew two men falling for each other wasn’t going to bother me…I just wasn’t so sure about that other “stuff.”

I loved Wes. There was just something about him. I can see why people (and Jamie) were drawn to him. I have to admit, though; I was worried about him the entire book. His feelings were so strong and I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out for him in the end.

I loved Jamie, too. His outlook and openness were amazing. His family was amazing. There were a few times he had me worrying about what his actions were going to do to Wes’, but I felt like his story was a really important one to tell.

Jamie and Wes together? Their friendly banter with each other was funny. It was pretty adorable to see two extremely masculine hockey players falling for each other. As for that other “stuffI didn’t find it to be a big deal. Most of it wasn’t anything I hadn’t read in M/F romances.

Overall, I really liked the story. It was a cute best friends turned lovers romance. I think it’s great that two amazing writers are writing stories that anyone could identify with.

Thank you to Nina Bocci and Sarina Bowen for the opportunity to read and honestly review an ARC of Him.