Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Jessica's Favorite Quote + Unforgotten Secret #8 / Giveaway


Happy Hump Day! You guys, I'm super excited to be a part of the Unforgotten Blog Tour. Thanks to the fabulous people at MacTeenBooks, I'll be revealing secrets, favorite quotes, and even have a special giveaway for y'all. First off, a little bit about Unforgotten.



Title: Unforgotten (Unremembered #2)
Author: Jessica Brody
Published: February 25th 2014 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Goodreads/Amazon/B&N/Indiebound

Some memories are better left forgotten...

After a daring escape from the scientists at Diotech who created her, Seraphina believes she is finally safe from the horrors of her past. But new threats await Sera and her boyfriend, Zen, at every turn as Zen falls prey to a mysterious illness and Sera’s extraordinary abilities make it more and more difficult to stay hidden. Meanwhile, Diotech has developed a dangerous new weapon designed to apprehend her. A weapon that even Sera will be powerless to stop. Her only hope of saving Zen’s life and defeating the company that made her is a secret buried deep within her mind. A secret that Diotech will kill to protect. And it won’t stay forgotten for long.

Packed with mystery, suspense, and romance, this riveting second installment of Jessica Brody’s Unremembered trilogy delivers more heart-pounding action as loyalties are tested, love becomes a weapon, and no one’s memories are safe.

Do you want me to tell you a secret? Throughout the tour, bloggers have and will reveal UNFORGOTTEN secrets that will keep you on your toes. Are you ready for secret number 8? In 3...2...1...


Now, I hand my blog over to Jessica to discuss her favorite quote in UNFORGOTTEN.

Favorite Quote from Unforgotten

For me, writing UNFORGOTTEN was a challenging experience. In many ways, this book is so
much more than the first book. And not just because it has more pages. Haha. Because it does.
I’ve noticed that second installments of trilogies tend to be the darkest of the series, and although
I didn’t intentionally set out to fulfill this, it did end up happening for my series as well. It just
ended up being a natural part of Seraphina’s journey. Now that she knows who she is (book 1),
she has to deal with who she is (book 2) and that led her to some darker places.

But the quote I picked to share with you today is not my favorite because it’s dark. It’s my
favorite because it represents the one constant light in Sera’s life, admits all the turmoil and
craziness around her. You can probably guess what that one constant light is.

It’s Zen. :)

And I think this particular passage resonated with me when I wrote it because like Sera, as the
writer I could always count on Zen to be that constant. To lift Sera out of what she was dealing
with and remind her (and me) of what’s important. I also like this passage because it’s the only
place in the entire book where the title appears in the text.

Unfortunately, I can’t give you much context for the passage without spoiling like all the things.
But I will say it’s a very pivotal moment toward the end of Part 2. And I’ll also tell you it’s from
a chapter called, “Unshaken.” I hope you enjoy!

##

Then I place my lips to his, feeling the fire of his fever burning me. Feeling the lingering threads
of his life reach out to me. Entangle me. Weave together with mine. Creating something that can
never be duplicated.

I invite it in, finding solace in the heat. The energy. Letting it spread through me. I commit it to
memory. Not knowing how long his lips will stay warm. Not knowing how far away I will be if
they cool forever.

Miles?

Months?

Years?

Decades?

Regardless of what happens next, this is what I want to take with me. This is what I want to
remember. And even if they win, even if I never return, even if they bring me back and destroy my
identity and wipe my mind completely clean, this is what I will always have.
This is what will remain unforgotten.


##

I hope you enjoy UNFORGOTTEN!

*Oh and please check out the UNFORGETTABLE FAN challenge that’s currently running
on my website! Every fan who completes the challenge gets a prize pack which includes an
Unremembered Eternal Knot necklace!


http://www.jessicabrody.com/2014/02/the-unforgettable-fan-challenge-with-guaranteed-prizes-
for-all-fans/


Want Unremembered Series Goodies? Participate in Jessica Brody’s Unforgettable Fan Challenge! Plus an Unforgotten Preorder Offer! Read Undiscovered, an Unremembered series e-short for only $1.99, and it’s from Zen’s point of view!



Jessica Brody knew from a young age that she wanted to be a writer. She started self “publishing” her own books when she was seven years old, binding the pages together with cardboard, wallpaper samples and electrical tape.

After graduating from Smith College in 2001 where she double majored in Economics and French and minored in Japanese, Jessica later went on to work for MGM Studios as a Manager of Acquisitions and Business Development. In May of 2005, Jessica quit her job to follow her dream of becoming a published author.

In four short years , Jessica has sold nine novels (two adult novels to St. Martin’s Press and seven young adult novels to Farrar, Straus, Giroux.) The Fidelity Files, her debut, (which was recently optioned for film) released in stores (in real binding) in June of 2008 and the follow-up, Love Under Cover (aka The Good Girl’s Guide to Bad Men in the UK) in November 2009. The Karma Club, Jessica’s debut young adult novel released in April of 2010 and her second YA release, My Life Undecided hit bookstores in June 2011.

52 Reasons to Hate My Father released in July 2012 and Unremembered, the first book in a new teen sci-fi/suspense trilogy, is now out in stores, while its anticipated sequel, Unforgotten, will be released on February 25, 2014.

Jessica now works full time as a writer and producer. She currently splits her time between Los Angeles and Colorado.

*Website
*Follow Jessica on Twitter
*Facebook
*See Jessica on tour
*Goodreads
*Download the first five chapters of UNREMEMBERED for FREE
*Download the first five chapters of UNFORGOTTEN for FREE

Be sure to check out the Unremembered book trailer below. It'll come in handy during the giveaway I'm about to announce.





Giveaway time! Thanks to the fabulous folks at MacTeenBooks, I'm giving away one paperback copy of UNREMEMBERED and one hardback of UNFORGOTTEN. This giveaway is only open to US/CA participants and ends March 12th. Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor.

Want more secrets and chances to win? Be sure to check out the rest of the blog tour. Seriously, 10 chances to win. The odds really do seem in your favor.

Monday February 17
A Book and a Latte

Tuesday February 18
Alice Marvels

Wednesday February 19
A Backwards Story

Thursday February 20
Book Jems

Friday February 21
BookYAReview

Monday February 24
The Book Addict’s Guide

Tuesday February 25
Bewitched Bookworms

Wednesday February 26
Addicted 2 Novels (That's me, duh!)

Thursday February 27
Jenuine Cupcakes

Friday February 28
MacTeenBooks


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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Review: Avalon


Title: Avalon
Author: Mindee Arnett
Published: January 21st 2014 by Balzer & Bray
Source: ARC courtesy of the publisher for an honest review
goodreads/amazon

"A ragtag group of teenage mercenaries who crew the spaceship Avalon stumble upon a conspiracy that could threaten the entire galaxy in this fascinating and fast-paced sci-fi adventure from author Mindee Arnett.

Of the various star systems that make up the Confederation, most lie thousands of light-years from First Earth-and out here, no one is free. The agencies that govern the Confederation are as corrupt as the crime bosses who patrol it, and power is held by anyone with enough greed and ruthlessness to claim it. That power is derived from one thing: metatech, the devices that allow people to travel great distances faster than the speed of light.

Jeth Seagrave and his crew of teenage mercenaries have survived in this world by stealing unsecured metatech, and they're damn good at it. Jeth doesn't care about the politics or the law; all he cares about is earning enough money to buy back his parents' ship, Avalon, from his crime-boss employer and getting himself and his sister, Lizzie, the heck out of Dodge. But when Jeth finds himself in possession of information that both the crime bosses and the government are willing to kill for, he is going to have to ask himself how far he'll go to get the freedom he's wanted for so long.

Avalon is the perfect fit for teens new to sci-fi as well as seasoned sci-fi readers looking for more books in the YA space-and a great match for fans of Joss Whedon's cult hit show Firefly."


First line: "Stealing a spaceship shouldn't be this easy."

Thoughts: Sweet mother, talk about your fast-paced thrill rides. AVALON is a prime example of why I truly need to read more Sci-Fi novels. From the likable characters to the action, back to the thievery, and then finally at the handful of cring-worthy moments, there was just never a dull moment. I devoured this book and craved more.

What originally drew me to AVALON was it's correlation to the show Firefly. I love me some Firefly and feel like the book owned up to the comparison. Much like the show, there are complicated situations and a group of miscreants who, let's just say live outside of the law. Jeth, the main character, heads this group and, for the most part, is kind of a jerk about it. He's one of those protagonists where you can't help but question whether you hate him or love him. I know that may not seem very appeasing, but trust me when I say it made for a very interesting story.

My favorite books tend to be told through a male's perspective, and AVALON is no exception. I wouldn't say this is one of the best books I've read ever read (though it is a good one), but I will say that having a male lead made it one hundred times better than having a female one. It wouldn't have been the same had the story been told through Lizzie or Cora's point of view.

Speaking of Lizzie, I have to say that she was by far my favorite character in this novel. She's Jeth's sister and was just super witty and hilarious. How could I not love her? Even though this book had loads of lovable and original characters, I loved her the most.

One of the things that kept me reading AVALON was that it constantly kept me on my toes. All I wanted for Jeth was for him to get the Avalon (his parent's spaceship) back and get the heck out of Dodge. Alas, things aren't that simple. There was so many plot twists and turns, I sometimes couldn't keep up. I will say that there were a handful of times where I felt confused or a bit overwhelmed. In life, a lot can happen in an instant, but in AVALON's case, it made me kind of go back and reread a few scenes. I may be the only one who had this problem, but this did happen to be a handful of times.

Overall, I recommend AVALON to those who enjoy thrillers and sci-fi novels with tons of action and suspense. Though I've already read AVALON, I plan on ready PROXY (the prequel) in the near future. AVALON did leave me with a few unanswered questions, and I feel as though the answers will lie in PROXY. If not there then it's sequel, which I hope comes out sooner rather than later.

Rating:

4 Stars


Favorite Quotes:

“He kissed her, and something moved between them, an unspoken bond pulling them together over what they had gone through and what they would face. But those memoires and thoughts faded away until there was nothing but the sensation of his lips on hers, the exchange of breath and the soft harmony of hearts beating. For one blissful moment they were nothing but feelings and physical sensation.

The moment lasted a very long time.”

“He didn't know if it was real, if freedom was something you could earn or win after a long, hard fight, or if it was just an illusion. But he decided it didn't matter. Only this mattered. This moment right here, surrounded by the people he cared about. And he realized this was the paradise his parents had meant when they named this ship.”

"'Kitties make everything less scary.'"




Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine. It features each bloggers most anticipated books. This week my pick is THE BRIDGE FROM ME TO YOU by Lisa Schroeder.



"Lauren has a secret. Colby has a problem. But when they find each other, everything falls into place.

Lauren is the new girl in town with a dark secret. Colby is the football hero with a dream of something more. In alternating chapters, they come together, fall apart, and build something stronger than either of them thought possible--something to truly believe in."

Why I Can't Wait: Because it's by Lisa Schroeder, and I will read anything Lisa writes. It's really that simple. I love the concept of the new girl in town bonding with the football star, coming together, falling apart, and possibly mending the broken pieces. I also love Lisa's description of her novel on Goodreads as well as the praise from some of my favorite authors. If you haven't had the chance to read this yet...

"Hi! I'm the author of this book, and I thought I'd tell you a little bit about it in addition to the official "publisher's description."

It's a book about small town life, about dreams, about what family and friendship means, and about helping someone else be the best version of themselves. The story is told from two points of view - Colby's and Lauren's. It's similar in that respect to how Brooklyn and Nico tell the story in CHASING BROOKLYN.

A couple of my favorite authors read it and had super nice things to say:

'Full of big dreams and even bigger heart, The Bridge from Me to You is a beautifully told story of love, family and football.' - Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Geography of You and Me and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

'Filled with grace, wisdom, and bittersweet wonder, The Bridge from Me to You beautifully captures the aches and joys of family, love and friendship. You'll want to hug this book.' - Lindsey Leavitt, author of Going Vintage and The Chapel Wars

So there you go. YA novel #6 coming your way July, 2014"


Excited yet? I sure am!

Expected publication: July 29th 2014 by Point

*Goodreads/Amazon


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Top Ten I Love Being A Blogger/Reader


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the fabulous ladies at The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is the top ten reasons why I love being a blogger/reader. Only ten? Hmm, let's give it a go!

1. Friends/Other Bloggers. Seriously, the blogging community is amazing. I've made so many friends who I can honestly say will be my friends for a lifetime. We share a passion for books and writing, and it's rare to find someone, let alone a group of people, you can mesh so well with. Without blogging, I never would have known my blogging BFF Karen or Cynthia, Ginger, Jess, Alexa, and all of you other people I know I'm leaving out but am tired and can't remember. I LOVE YOU ALL LIKE WHOA!

2. Awesome publishers. For real, every publicists I've ever worked with has been insanely kind, understanding, and just fantastic in general. I have never worked with such a fun group of people who are so insanely passionate. I love talking to them and love it even more when they give me book recommendations. If they're recommending it, you know it's going to be good!

3. Bookish events. I never even knew events like TLA, Teen Book Con, ALA, BEA, or any of the other various events existed. Though I love books, I love meeting new people more, especially when it's someone I talk to online but haven't met in person (*ahem*, Bekky from Stories & Sweeties). There are still so many bloggers I need to meet and know I will in the future!

4. Book Recommendations. No one knows books like other bloggers. You guys have both cost me a lot of money and saved me some as well.

5. Being "In the loop". I have never been so in the loop in my life. When I'm not on Twitter or various other social media devices, I'm out of it, but for the most part, I love knowing about awesome book releases, signings, Twitter parties, etc.

6. Meeting Authors. Authors really are my rockstars. I love meeting them at signings and honestly wouldn't know about whether they're in my town or not if I weren't a blogger.

7. Books. I can't help but mention it. When I originally started blogging, I had no idea what an ARC was. I'd still be blogging even if I never received ARCs or eARCs, but it's definitely a perk. I can't help but feel incredibly grateful for all of the awesome people who have either loaned me or sent me books these past few years. Best friends ever! Also, I've never owned so many signed books in my life. I would be a fairly rich lady had I not spent so much money on books, but my life would have been very lonely and sad.

8. Escape. This falls under the reading category. I work a very, VERY stressful job and often need an outlet. Reading is my outlet. It helps me escape from the meager every day events and number crunching.

9. Swoony boys and gals. Nothing is better than falling in love with a book boy or girlfriend. I love being able to relate to a female lead, and I love it even more when the boy is everything I look for in a love interest (Hello, Lucas from EASY).

10. Magic. This applies to both fantasy and contemporary novels. I love reading about magical powers. It's that whole wishing I could do that element. I also love having that magical connection you can sometimes only find with a well-written protagonist.



There are still plenty of other reasons why I love being a blogger/reader, but these are my top ten. What are some of the reasons you love being a blogger/reader?


Monday, February 17, 2014

Win a Surprise Box of ARCs + Signed Books

I've been going through my books and decided to both clean shop (aka donate a bunch of books) and host a giveaway. What books am I giving away? Good question. Just know that the box is filled with 10 books consisting of ARCs, finished copies, and signed books. Want a sneak peak? Well, since you asked nicely...


To enter, all you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is only open to US participants (I'm poor), and ends March 10th. The winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to get back to/contact me before another winner is chosen.

Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor.



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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Stacking The Shelves + Weekly Round-Up

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. I haven't done one of these in a long while and decided to grab the top books I've received in the past month that I'm most excited about. Anywho, let's have at it, shall we?


For Review:

*To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han (goodreads/amazon)
*The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson (goodreads/amazon)
*Open Road Summer by Emery Lord (goodreads/amazon)
*The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno (goodreads/amazon)
*Vivian Divine is Dead by Lauren Sabel (goodreads/amazon)
*Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman (goodreads/amazon)
*17 First Kisses by Rachael Allen (goodreads/amazon)
*Tease by Amanda Maciel (goodreads/amazon)

**Special thanks to SimonTeen, Bloomsbury, HarperTeen, and Macmillan. You guys are the best!**


Bought:

*My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick (goodreads/amazon). The ebook is on sale today for $2.99!
*Bitter Sweet Love by Jennifer L. Armentrout (goodreads/amazon). I bought this, but the ebook is currently free on Amazon!
*The Archived by Victoria Schwab (goodreads/amazon). The ebook is currently on sale for $.99!
*Vain by Fisher Amelie (goodreads/amazon)
*A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan (goodreads/amazon)
*Rule: A Marked Men Novel by Jay Crownover (goodreads/amazon)


Lots and lots of books! Now, onto the weekly round-up!

*Check out the cover of FERAL by Holly Schindler!
*The Sound of Letting Go Blog Tour + Giveaway. Come and meet the fabulous Dave. Is he a badboy or a sweetheart? Find out!


That's all, folks! What books are you guys excited about? Did you get any awesome ones this week? Let me know!



Friday, February 14, 2014

The Sound of Letting Go Blog Tour + Giveaway


Happy Valentine's Day! As part of THE SOUND OF LETTING GO Blog Tour, I'm hosting Stasia with a bit of a character feature and playlist. I have to say that she picked one of my favorite characters from the novel. First off, for those who haven't heard of THE SOUND OF LETTING GO, here's the summary:

"For sixteen years, Daisy has been good. A good daughter, helping out with her autistic younger brother uncomplainingly. A good friend, even when her best friend makes her feel like a third wheel. When her parents announce they’re sending her brother to an institution—without consulting her—Daisy’s furious, and decides the best way to be a good sister is to start being bad. She quits jazz band and orchestra, slacks in school, and falls for bad-boy Dave.

But one person won’t let Daisy forget who she used to be: Irish exchange student and brilliant musician Cal. Does she want the bad boy or the prodigy? Should she side with her parents or protect her brother? How can she know when to hold on and when—and how—to let go?"


Doesn't that sound fantastic? Just wait until you read what Stasia wrote for the tour...


CHARACTER FEATURE & PLAYLIST: DAVE MILLER


The very first line of my novel, THE SOUND OF LETTING GO, is “Dave Miller grins in my direction.” Sometimes I wonder if I meant he was grinning at me, the author. If I close my eyes, I can see that grin even now.


From the very start of writing THE SOUND OF LETTING GO, I knew that Dave was going to be an important character. In traditional terms, one might call him the “love interest” and the “bad boy.” In creating Dave, however, I wanted to take those ideas and turn them on their ears. What if the “love interest” didn’t just want to just get physical with the girl? What if a “bad boy” was a lamb in sheep’s clothing—maybe wasn’t even sure he wanted to be bad?


For me, Dave is first and foremost a foil to my main character, Daisy. He takes risks she would never dare take, yet holds back where she might consider going too far. He makes her look at hard truths.


He also has eternally-rumpled hair, which Daisy finds very attractive.




His car is a pieced-together old wreck—what he doesn’t realize is how it’s also a testament to the way he can fix things.


He doesn’t much care about things like getting to class on time.


But, make no mistake, he does care about other things, about people.



A lot.


In the end, that’s what I love most about Dave: He’s a character who cares, imperfectly, messily but faithfully.


Maybe because my main character, Daisy, is a musician, or because I live in a houseful of teenagers, but I turned to music a great deal to get into the emotions of this story. Here are a few songs that connect me to DAVE:

http://thesoundoflettinggo-dave.blogspot.com



Stasia Ward Kehoe’s second novel, THE SOUND OF LETTING GO is available now from AMAZON, B&N, INDIEBOUND and wherever books are sold. She wishes you a very swoony, happy Valentine’s Day! Visit her online at www.stasiawardkehoe.com.


Giveaway time! ENTER TO WIN…a signed first edition of THE SOUND OF LETTING GO, one of four different TsoLG Swag Packs, or a pair of author-designed custom Keds sneakers (size 8).

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Feral Cover Reveal

Hey guys! The fabulous Holly Schindler, author of A BLUE SO DARK and PLAYING HURT, has a new book coming out this summer called FERAL. From the cover to the summary, it screams spine-chilling, ominous, and basically an eerie good time. Now, are you ready for the cover? Here we go in 3...






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"It’s too late for you. You’re dead.

Those words float through Claire Cain’s head as she lies broken and barely alive after a brutal beating. And the words continue to haunt her months later, in the relentless, terrifying nightmares that plague her sleep. So when her father is offered a teaching sabbatical in another state, Claire is hopeful that getting out of Chicago, away from the things that remind her of what she went through, will offer a way to start anew.

But when she arrives in Peculiar, Missouri, Claire quickly realizes something is wrong—the town is brimming with hidden dangers and overrun by feral cats. And her fears are confirmed when a popular high school girl, Serena Sims, is suddenly found dead in the icy woods behind the school. While everyone is quick to say Serena died in an accident, Claire knows there’s more to it—for she was the one who found Serena, battered and most certainly dead, surrounded by the town’s feral cats.

Now Claire vows to learn the truth about what happened, but the closer she gets to uncovering the mystery, the closer she also gets to discovering a frightening reality about herself and the damage she truly sustained in that Chicago alley. . . .

With an eerie setting and heart-stopping twists and turns, Holly Schindler weaves a gripping story that will make you question everything you think you know."


Thoughts? Be sure to check this book out August 24, 2014!

*Goodreads
*Amazon
*Amazon



Friday, February 7, 2014

Review: Racing Savannah


Title: Racing Savannah (Hundred Oaks #4)
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Published: December 3rd 2013 by Sourcebooks Fire
Source: eARC courtesy of the publisher for an honest review
Goodreads/Amazon

"They’re from two different worlds.

He lives in the estate house, and she spends most of her time in the stables helping her father train horses. In fact, Savannah has always been much more comfortable around horses than boys. Especially boys like Jack Goodwin—cocky, popular and completely out of her league. She knows the rules: no mixing between the staff and the Goodwin family. But Jack has no such boundaries.

With her dream of becoming a horse jockey, Savannah isn’t exactly one to follow the rules either. She’s not going to let someone tell her a girl isn’t tough enough to race. Sure, it’s dangerous. Then again, so is dating Jack…"

First line: "Welcome to Cedar Hills Farm of Franklin, Tennessee."

Thoughts: Everyone has their go-to authors. You buy all of their books because they never seem to disappoint you. In a way, they're like Santa...with books! Well, there's a reason Miranda Kenneally is one of my go-to-auto-buy authors, and RACING SAVANNAH is one of the now four reasons why. I cannot tell you how many times I laughed and smiled while reading this book. So many lovable characters, so little time.

First off, I have to talk about the cameos. Though the story easily reads as a stand-alone (You don't have to read the other books to understand what's going on), the cameos bring this sort of
charisma and charm to the novels. For the longest time, I wondered who Miranda would write about next. I mean, Hundred Oaks seems like a relatively small high school. Who could possibly be next? Well, just to let you know, the main characters are now the siblings of some of our favorite folks. Even though they've graduated and moved on, you still see glimpses of them. Home is, after all, where the heart is. FYI, I ;ove me some Sam Henry and tacos!

Oh, btw, there's a wedding in this novel. I'm not going to say who these two people are, but it is a GOOD one!

If you can't tell my the title, this story is told through Savannah's point of view. Her father has accepted a job at Jacks family's ranch and have moved into the employee living quarters on the ranch. Not to jump from one subject to the next, but do you believe in love at first sight? You should because that's the best way to describe Savannah and Jack's first encounter. Again, I don't want to give anything away but sparks were present alongside three dogs and a crazy horse.

Now, you would think things would be simple, especially for teenagers in love. Not the case. The class system still exists in some ways. Jack's father has always taught him not to "take advantage" of the staff, and Savannah's dad doesn't want her ruining his and her step mom's steady income. This leads to some exciting (and steamy) rendezvous and of course, drama. There were some scenes were I wanted to hold and swoon all over Jack, and there were times where I just wanted to slap him. Though he's not my favorite of the HO (Hundred Oaks) boys, he's definitely a swoony love interest. I do have to admit, though, that out of all the characters in this novel, Rory was my favorite. From his hilarious screenplays to just his overall warm heart, I couldn't help but fall in love with him.

One of the things I loved about this book is how insanely selfless Savannah can be. Though Savannah's step mom is pregnant and about to give birth, she volunteers to do her step mom's chores around the property so she won't get fired. They don't have much money, and Savannah knows that. Every penny counts! At one point, Savannah was willing to give up her possibly remarkable future just for her family. Strong female protagonists are always a plus. They don't have to fight demons or vampires to be strong, but they do have to have a good heart. The author can definitely write a sassy, witty, and strong female lead, and Savannah is all of these things.


Overall, I highly recommend that everyone read RACING SAVANNAH. It's too cute for you guys to miss out. Needless to say, I can't wait to read Miranda's next book. I need it like I need air!

Rating:

5 Stars


Favorite Quotes:

"One time a horseman told me I have a way with horses. Dad told me not to listen when men say things like that, because they're just trying to get into my pants. But I do have a way with horses. Dad, however, does not have a way with words."

"Anything will scare horses when they're young. Especially if they're Thoroughbreds. Dad says they're crazy because of inbreeding. Thoroughbred bloodlines are worse than the royal families of Europe."

"I can't think of a good word to describe how this Brent guy makes me feel. Resentful? Flattered and angry? Flangry."

"Jack touching me just now was like fireworks exploding right in my face. It was so, so dangerous. But the colors were so real."

"'Yeah, there's a woman in a white dress. Um, her name is Moaning Myrtle.' 'You stole that from Harry Potter.' 'Damn,' he mutters."