Jan 30, 2015

COVER REVEAL : Losing At Love By Jennifer Iacopelli.

Posted by Jenia. at 1/30/2015 03:43:00 AM 0 comments
Today we’re having a cover reveal for Jennifer Iacopelli’s Losing at Love. And—bonus points!!—we’re also revealing the new redesign for the first book in the series, Game. Set. Match. Jennifer is sharing an excerpt from Losing at Love, as well as a giveaway, so be sure to check it all out.



Title: Losing at Love

Author: Jennifer Iacopelli

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Day: February 24th

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Excerpt:

Stepping into the sunshine, Indy shouldered her bag and turned towards the OBX library, her mind running through the assignments she still had to complete when a shadow crossed over her path, a large body falling into step with her, close, but not touching, their strides matching.

“Jack,” she said, glancing up at him sideways, a small smile threatening at the corner of her mouth.

“Indiana,” he said, echoing back her name, sending a shiver down her spine. He was the only one allowed to call her that, the only person who made the name she’d hated since forever sound friggin’ good.

They walked together without another word, turning the corner that separated the courts from the residential area of the complex, but her stride was suddenly cut off when Jack shuffled his feet, sliding his arm around her waist and pulled her into a shady walkway between buildings. Her bag slid off her shoulder, but he caught it before it crashed to the ground and smashed her laptop to smithereens. He let it settle on the ground gently before leaning over her, forcing her to step back into the wall.

Walls were their thing. Their first kiss had been against a wall in a random hallway at Roland Garros, their second pressed against the wall of their hotel in Paris and now that they were back in North Carolina, they found any excuse to push each other against a wall and kiss until they were gasping for air and their bodies begged for relief. Jack’s lips trailed from her temple, using the wall behind her as an anchor before bending his head to hers. Pushing up onto her toes, Indy met him halfway. She’d never been so grateful for every millimeter of her five feet ten inches as she was when she was kissing Jack. His hands slid through her hair, twisting it around his fingers, then cradling the back of her head, drawing her mouth more firmly against his. Indy brought her hands to his torso, gripping his t-shirt, letting her palms press against the cut of muscle that disappeared into his cargo shorts. The skin on skin contact made his breath hitch, his mouth opening just enough to allow her tongue to slide in, deepening the kiss, before letting her teeth nip at his bottom lip. A groan rumbled in his throat as he stumbled forward, pressing his body full length against hers. He wrenched his lips from hers, trailing his mouth over the line of her jaw to the spot just behind her ear. It was her turn to gasp and her head fell back as she arched into him. No one had ever kissed her there before. Jack smiled against her skin as her fingertips dug into his sides and she let a moan slip free as he focused his attention on that spot, scraping his teeth against it then soothing that small pain with a flick of his tongue. Her hands scrambled to get purchase against his shoulders, desperate for some leverage, anything to help her slide her body against his. Then he was gone, his hand gone from her hair, his mouth gone from her neck and his body inches then feet away. Indy blinked at him, trying to figure out what happened when the voices echoing down the pathway towards them finally reached her ears.

Bending down, he lifted her bag as she ran her fingers through her hair, knowing he’d made an unholy mess of it. “You’re fine,” he muttered, handing her the bag, then keeping the distance between them as a group of junior boys stomped past them, none giving them a second glance.

“You have good ears,” Indy said, biting her lip at the close call. If those boys had seen them, the news would have spread like wildfire through the OBX campus and everyone would have known by the end of the day. She was only seventeen for another few months, but that wasn’t really the problem, seventeen or eighteen wouldn’t matter to other people. She was a young tennis pro, he was an up and coming agent. The last thing either of their careers needed was the heightened publicity of a controversial relationship, even if Jack Harrison was far more of a gentleman than any guy she’d ever met. Sometimes a little too much of a gentleman, truth be told.

Jack shrugged, glancing back over his shoulder again before facing her fully. “I’m sorry about this.”

She reached out and took his hand, “We both agreed,” she said, entwining their fingers together, “it’s just between us for now. It makes sense for the both of us.” Pressing his lips together in a thin line, he nodded, but she knew he wasn’t entirely convinced. “Jack, we talked about this. You said you were okay with it.”

“I just wish it were different,” he said, tugging her closer, pressing a soft kiss to her forehead. His hands released hers and dropped to her hips, the edges of his thumbs brushing against her hipbones in slow circles sending shivers over her skin.

“Me too.” She wanted to scream it from the rooftops that this amazing guy was hers. That he had deep green eyes and a smile that brightened them whenever he looked at her. That he was brilliant in ways that she couldn’t even fathom with his degree from Harvard. That he’d fought their attraction for so long because of that ingrained sense of honor, like one of those heroes in a fairy tale, except Jack was real, flesh and blood.

"Have you thought...maybe we should tell Penny?" Indy asked, her fingertips landing on his forearms, gently stroking up to his elbows and back down to his wrists.

Jack let out a heavy breath. "Penny has a lot on her plate right now."

"I know, I just feel funny keeping it from her. Jasmine knows."

"We'll do whatever you want to do. This is your show, baby."

"I don't need a supportive…" she hesitated, almost using the word boyfriend, but that didn't really fit, did it? Not if they were keeping it a secret, "I need honest Jack."

He leaned back, looking her in the eye. "Honest? Honestly, my sister doesn't do well with change. It freaks her out and right now, I'm not sure that the idea of you and me will go over that well. On the other hand, if we don't tell her and she finds out?"

"She'll be pissed."

"Yep."

"Maybe we wait a little longer. We could tell her in London?"

Jack nodded, "Face to face instead of over the phone."

“There’s always Skype,” she said, not really sure if she wanted to know what Penny, the only girl who’d made an effort to befriend her when she first arrived at OBX, would think if she found out she and Jack were together.

“There’s that.”

Indy shook her head. They should do it in person. They should have done it before they left Paris, but Penny had been so devastated by withdrawing from the tournament that it hadn’t felt like the right time then either. “In London. We’ll be there in less than a week. We’ll tell her then.”

“Okay, in London.” They stood there for a moment, just breathing each other in until Jack leaned away. “I’ve gotta go. I have a meeting with a potential new client this afternoon and I’ve got to prep.”

Indy snorted a laugh. “Right, like you don’t already have a complete profile worked up along with potential sponsors to contact if they sign.”

“You know me so well,” he said, leaning around the building, checking the pathway for any more unwanted spectators. “I’ll go this way.”

Indy nodded back in the opposite direction. “And I’ll go that way.”

With a bow, he was gone, around the corner and out of sight, so she turned and adjusted her bag over her shoulder, heading out from between the buildings and towards the library. She’d have about half the time to get her Calc done than she originally planned. Fingertips pressing against that spot on her neck lightly recalling the feel of his mouth and the way her entire body was lit on fire by his touch, it was totally worth it.

“Are you sure that is a good idea?” a voice rang out from just a few steps behind her, the French accent giving its owner away, if the superiority and condescension weren’t enough of a clue. Indy spun around and came face to face with her agent, tall, blonde, perfectly put together in a silk blouse and linen skirt, somehow looking completely cool and calm despite the blaze of the sun. She was in town before they all left for England, mostly to go over her plans for Indy’s future off the court.

A denial formed on Indy’s tongue, but she knew it was useless. Caroline had seen them and it probably just confirmed what she’d suspected for a while. Her agent was damn good at her job and it wasn’t like she and Jack had been super careful about keeping private moments behind closed doors. “Good idea or not, it’s none of your business.”

Raising her eyes to the sky and shaking her head Caroline said, “You are my business, Indiana.”

“How many times do I have to say it? Don’t call me that, and my tennis is your business,” Indy corrected. “Keep your nose out of everything else.”

“It is not that simple,” Caroline insisted, her voice inching up in pitch.

“It really is.” She turned on her toe and walked away, wanting to look back, hoping that Caroline’s brow was furrowed and her hands were on her hips, lips pursed in aggravation. But looking back would ruin the moment because despite getting in the last word, Caroline now had the upper hand and it was only a matter of time before she used it to her advantage.



About Losing at Love:
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Grass courts, tennis whites and the fiercest competition in the world. Wimbledon. After two crazy weeks in Paris, the girls of the Outer Banks Tennis Academy are headed to London with just one thing on their minds: winning. Indiana Gaffney is fresh off a surprise win at the French Open junior tournament. Sponsors are clamoring for her attention, but what she wants more than anything—aside from a wild card to Wimbledon—is to be with Jack Harrison, but international fame and a secret relationship rarely mix well. When Penny Harrison dreamed of playing at Wimbledon she never imagined agonizing pain shooting through her ankle with every step. With just a month until the tournament and the whole world expecting her to win, she’s determined to play, with or without the support of her coach or the love of her life, Alex Russell. For the first time ever, no one expects anything from Jasmine Randazzo. After a crushing first-round defeat in the French Open juniors, the tennis world has given up on her, but worse than that, so have her parents, her best friend Teddy and maybe even her coach. With everyone writing her off, can she find it within herself to go after her dreams?

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About Game. Set. Match.:
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Nestled along the North Carolina coast, the Outer Banks Tennis Academy is the world's most elite training facility. In this pressure-cooker environment, futures are forged in blood and sweat, and dreams are shattered in an instant. Penny Harrison, a rising female star, is determined to win the French Open and beat her archrival, Zina Lutrova. But when her coach imports British bad boy Alex Russell as her new training partner, will Penny be able to keep her laser-like focus? Tennis is all Jasmine Randazzo has ever known. The daughter of two Grand Slam champions, she's hell-bent on extending her family’s legacy and writing her own happily-ever-after...until her chosen Prince Charming gives her the just-friends speech right before the biggest junior tournament of the year, the Outer Banks Classic. With a powerful serve and killer forehand, newcomer Indiana Gaffney is turning heads. She’s thrilled by all of the attention, especially from Jack Harrison, Penny’s agent and hot older brother, except he keeps backing off every time things start heating up. With so much at stake, dreams—and hearts—are bound to break. Welcome to OBX: Where LOVE is a four-letter word, on and off the court.



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About Jennifer Iacopelli:

Screen Shot 2014-08-07 at 3.09.39 PMJennifer Iacopelli was born in New York and has no plans to leave...ever. Growing up, she read everything she could get her hands on, but her favorite authors were Laura Ingalls Wilder, L.M. Montgomery and Frances Hodgson Burnett all of whom wrote about kick-ass girls before it was cool for girls to be kick-ass. She got a Bachelor's degree in Adolescence Education and English Literature quickly followed up by a Master's in Library Science, which lets her frolic all day with her books and computers, leaving plenty of time in the evenings to write and yell at the Yankees, Giants and her favorite tennis players through the TV.

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Jan 24, 2015

BOOK BLITZ : Love Notes Boxed Set.

Posted by Jenia. at 1/24/2015 11:13:00 AM 2 comments

Check out the promo event for these four Contemporary Novels Surrounding Love and a Passion for Music.

Release date: February 2nd 2015
Purchases: Amazon

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Pieces of Me by Kira Adams
For sixteen year old Peyton Lane, life has never been easy. She's not popular, overweight, and oh yeah, her sister is embarrassed of her. But over the course of a tumultuous year, everything changes for Peyton. Suddenly all eyes are on her and it's not because she's fat. From a pair of handsome twins to a couple of dangerously sexy rockers, Peyton will have to find out who she can trust with her heart. From the ups and downs to the twists and turns -- this is Peyton's story of finding one's voice and growing into your own.

This is a coming of age romance that involves realistic situations and raw emotions. This is Pieces of Me.

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The Right Song by Shane Morgan
Pain never truly goes away, until you find something deeper and meaningful that cures the heart and fills it with love.

That is what Aurora desperately wants to believe. That somehow her music can save her, or even touch the unreachable heart of the guy she has liked for years.

Rora yearns for his attention and wants to experience this so-called love that could possibly end her long suffering and inspire her to chase after her dreams.

In deeply understanding the feelings of others and herself, will Aurora give up on ever finding true happiness, or will an intriguing soul teach her about the greatest song ever written?

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Revenge of a Band Geek Gone Bad by Naomi Rabinowitz
Shy, overweight Melinda Rhodes' sophomore year of high school isn't going so well. Her own mother mocks her weight. Her pants split in the middle of school, earning her the nickname, "Moolinda." She then loses first chair flute in band to Kathy Meadows, her pretty and popular nemesis.

Her luck changes when she catches the eye of Josh Kowalski, a rebellious trumpet prodigy and class clown. Josh has also been hurt by Kathy and asks Melinda to help take Kathy down. Mel figures that she has nothing to lose ... and Josh is adorable with gorgeous blue eyes and a winning smile. She agrees to team up with him and looks forward to finally getting back at her rival.

At first, the pair's pranks are silly, and as they work together, Mel comes out of her shell. Even better, she finds herself falling for Josh and it appears as if he might feel the same way about her.

However, their schemes become more and more dangerous and Mel is surprised to discover her dark side. Just how far will she go to get what she wants -- and is Josh really worth the risk?

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Straight from the Heart by Breigh Forstner
This is a story about a girl discovering and experiencing life for the first time.

Bryn Schaefler grew up rich. Her parents expected the best out of her, picked her boyfriend for her, and groomed her to be the next trophy wife fresh out of High School. But when they discover she wants to pursue music instead of following in her mothers footsteps, they wanted to hear nothing about it.

That was when Bryn left for good.

By chance, she auditioned for main stream rock band Everlasting. Never in a million years did she think she would make it.

Cale Pelton knew it was his fault for the band scrambling around to find a new guitarist. Once he saw Bryn audition, he knew he had to have her. Not just in the band, but in his mind, body and soul.

This is the first book in the Straight from the Heart series. Follow Cale and Bryn as she goes on her first tour, and discovers there's so much more to her than she ever realized.



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Jan 19, 2015

Isla & The Happily Ever After ( Anna & The French Kiss,#3)

Posted by Jenia. at 1/19/2015 06:42:00 PM 0 comments
☆☆☆☆

isla & The
happily ever after.

Anna & The French Kiss,#3

Stephanie perkins.





 Publisher Dutton.
Publication Date:August 14,2014
Genre:YA Contemporary Romance
Format|Pages:Hardcover|
Source: Library| Goodreads.






Love ignites in the City That Never Sleeps, but can it last?



Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.





Featuring cameos from fan-favorites Anna, Étienne, Lola, and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true love—set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona—is a swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series. 




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I know that there was a reason that I love Stephanie Perkins novels. Each of her novels that I have come across literally took my breath away. They make me go through so much emotion, happiness, sadness, hope, love. Perkins writes types of novels that you can’t help but love. I first came across Perkins in 2011 when I got her first book, Anna & The French Kiss for my birthday. From the first page I knew that it’s author I was going love. I was right. Isla & The Happily Ever After wasn’t any different, I loved it as much as I did other two. I loved that they were featured in this book as well, even if it wasn’t till end of the novel. Isla & Happily Ever After was a book I been waiting for years, and it’s a book that you should pick up. A book that’s worth waiting for.



Beautiful, breathtaking, memorable writing. The setting and sights had such vivid descriptions that had me wishing that I was there right now, along with Isla and Josh. I could picture it in my mind, everything that Josh and Isla explored and the school that they studied it. Paris had always been one of the places that I had always wanted to visit. Once I read this book, I was much more tempted to go there than ever. How could I not want to? Especially after such images that Perkins put in my mind. I love authors that make the readers feel as they are actually there, along with the characters that are exploring. Not only that but the reader feels as if he can actually connect with a character, because of the way that emotions are portrayed within this novel, it makes reader be able to feel what the character does. I felt as if I could feel practically every emotion that Isla, Josh felt. Perkins has a way to pull the reader into the story. I was pulled from the first page, till the last.



You can’t help but love Josh & Isla, how can you not? They relationship was cute, and I could tell by middle of the book how much in love they were. In beginning though, Isla annoyed me a bit at first. She seemed like she was a bit obsessed over Josh at start. I was sure that Josh didn’t feel same about her, especially considering that he seemed to avoid her slightly after that one incident where Isla talked to him, because she was high on painkillers. I should know better, that he assumed that she was the one who didn’t like him that way. I believe that what Isla & Josh had was real love, considering everything that they went through, all of that drama. In the end they still ended up together, both of them got their happily after, just like they deserved. I was grinning by end of the book, especially when St.Clair proposed to Anna, I think I was actually jumping with joy by then. It had me wanting to pick up Anna &The French Kiss again. Isla & Happily Ever After was filled with romance and the scenes had me smiling the whole way. An amazing to end to a breathtaking series.



If you love romance, and if you enjoyed other two books in Anna & The French Kiss, be sure to pick up a conclusion to the series. A story not only about love but also family, friendship, making choices and moving on. A book that you will find yourself staying up late for in order to finish it. A story that you will fall in love, and remember for years to come. Unforgettable tale.

Jan 17, 2015

If I Stay(If I Stay,#1)

Posted by Jenia. at 1/17/2015 02:36:00 PM 0 comments
☆☆☆☆
If I stay

If I Stay,#1

gayle forman.




 Publisher Speak.
Publication Date:April 6,2010
Genre:YA Contemporary Romance|Drama
Format|Pages:Paperback|259
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critically acclaimed, bestselling novel from Gayle Forman, author of Where She Went, Just One Day, Just One Year, and the forthcoming I Was Here.



On a day that started like any other, Mia had everything: a loving family, a gorgeous, admiring boyfriend, and a bright future full of music and full of choices. In an instant, almost all of that is taken from her. Caught between life and death, between a happy past and an unknowable future, Mia spends one critical day contemplating the only decision she has left. It is the most important decision she'll ever make.



Simultaneously tragic and hopeful, this is a romantic, riveting, and ultimately uplifting story about memory, music, living, dying, loving.



 
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This book had me going through so many emotions. I could see why so many people were talking about the book. If I Stay is a story that will stay in your mind, In your heart long after you finish the book. You will find yourself thinking about the story, the characters long after you reach the end of the book. A Beautiful, touching story about love, loss and hope. I am going admit that so far, it’s one of favorite books that I have read this year so far. It’s also the most emotional one; I teared up few times while reading the book. Considering the story how can you not? In way it reminded me of The Lovely Bones expect this story was more emotional to me. I fell in love with story from very first page and I felt like I could connect with Mia, the main characters. It was real. I found myself being able to feel all the emotions that were going through her at that time. It had such memorable characters. I did not wanted to put it down.



Mia of course was one of most memorable characters in the book. I was curious to see what decisions she would make. Would she stay or would she let go? I know that it was feelings that she was struggling all way through the book. I hoped that she would make decision to stay. I did not want to let her go, even though she is a fictional character. I know that she probably did not want to face what she had to deal with, if she did stay. The death of her entire family. I had feeling that it was something she didn’t want to deal with, but then who would? I had feeling there were few times that she considering giving up, letting go. “I'm not sure this is a world I belong in anymore. I'm not sure that I want to wake up.” That was such beautiful yet heartbreaking quote; I wanted to tell her that she still has her grandparents, Adam and Kim. To not give up.




Now Adam, this was another memorable character that you couldn’t help but love. At first I wasn’t too sure about Adam, especially fact how two of them had seemed be drifting apart. To be honest I didn’t know if two of them would last, if what two of them was love. All of that changed after he practically got himself in trouble, almost getting kicked out of hospital, just so that he could see her. What he said while he was there, that was so moving and at that point I found tears in my eyes. My heart broke for him. By that point I really hoped that she would stay. In that moment there was no doubt in my mind that he loved her. I loved learning about Mia’s past through her memories. It made her character feel so real. To me, Mia was real. So when I reached the end, I was smiling and crying at the same time. A type of ending that had me wishing that I had a copy of Where She Went so I could see what’s next for Mia in her life. How she would cope with everything.



A Masterpiece, a must read. A powerful, moving story about friendship, love, loss, choices and hope. A memorable book, that is worth more than five stars.




Tempest (Tempest,#1)

Posted by Jenia. at 1/17/2015 10:14:00 AM 0 comments
☆☆☆☆
Tempest

Tempest,#1

julie cross




 Publisher St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date:January 14,2012
Genre:YA Fantasy| Adventure|Romance.
Format|Pages:Hardcover|352
 Source: Library| Goodreads








The year is 2009. Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy… he’s in college, has a girlfriend… and he can travel back through time. But it’s not like the movies – nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there’s no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors – it’s just harmless fun.



That is… until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps. Now he’s stuck in 2007 and can’t get back to the future.



Desperate to somehow return to 2009 to save Holly but unable to return to his rightful year, Jackson settles into 2007 and learns what he can about his abilities.



But it’s not long before the people who shot Holly in 2009 come looking for Jackson in the past, and these “Enemies of Time” will stop at nothing to recruit this powerful young time-traveler. Recruit… or kill him.



Piecing together the clues about his father, the Enemies of Time, and himself, Jackson must decide how far he’s willing to go to save Holly… and possibly the entire world.



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Have you ever read a book that was okay first time around, but once you read it second time, it seemed better? Tempest was that book for me. I originally read the book in 2012 because everyone seemed to be talking about it. However I was not that impressed with it, I enjoyed but not way that others seemed to. I had decided re-read since it did capture enough of my attention, to be curious about rest of series. To my surprise I found myself enjoying the book more than I did when I read it in 2012. It captured my attention to the point where I couldn’t, nor did I want to put it down even if I knew what happens. Maybe it was because I read more time traveling book since day but it captured my attention, made me glad I gave it another chance. There was so much that was happening in the story that you can’t helped but get sucked into the story.



I adored relationship between Holly & Jackson. No matter where they were, what they were doing, their love for one another was always there. I believe that because the two of them had a special connection, bond. What Holly & Jackson had was true love. I know because of their connection, even if Holly wasn’t aware of it first is why 007 Holly fell for the future Jackson, the two of them would always fall for one another, no matter where they were. Future, past, present. Holly didn’t go running once she found truth about him, instead she stood by his side the whole time. If that’s not true love, than what is? I was a sad ending for me, where he decided to jump before he met Holly, to keep from them meeting, in order to keep her safe. I couldn’t help but wonder if it stay that way, or if they would eventually find themselves running into one another. I am hoping that they would. The two of them belong together.



Every page, every chapter will keep reader on edge of the seat. Especially from moment that Jackson jumps from 2009 to 2007. It will keep reader wondering, if he will make it back to 2009 or if he will get stuck in 2007. There were few things that I was confused about while I was reading the book. Some of random jumps that Jackson did confused me because there were no dates and that confused me and I wasn’t sure what was happening. I think the way it shifted between jumps sometimes was confusing and one of reasons that I only gave it 4 stars. I do admit that I liked it much more than I did first time around. It might not be best time traveling book that I read, but it was pretty good, and it will keep your attention. A novel worth checking out.

Jan 10, 2015

Trust Me, I'm Lying ( Trust Me,#1)

Posted by Jenia. at 1/10/2015 03:04:00 PM 0 comments
☆☆☆☆
Trust Me, I'm lying.

Trust Me,#1

Mary Elizabeth summer.




 Publisher :Delacorte Press
Publication Date:October 14,2014
Genre:YA Thriller|Romance
Format|Pages:Hardcover|336
 Source: Library| Goodreads










Julep Dupree tells lies. A lot of them. She’s a con artist, a master of disguise, and a sophomore at Chicago’s swanky St. Agatha High, where her father, an old-school grifter with a weakness for the ponies, sends her to so she can learn to mingle with the upper crust. For extra spending money Julep doesn’t rely on her dad—she runs petty scams for her classmates while dodging the dean of students and maintaining an A+ (okay, A-) average.



But when she comes home one day to a ransacked apartment and her father gone, Julep’s carefully laid plans for an expenses-paid golden ticket to Yale start to unravel. Even with help from St. Agatha’s resident Prince Charming, Tyler Richland, and her loyal hacker sidekick, Sam, Julep struggles to trace her dad’s trail of clues through a maze of creepy stalkers, hit attempts, family secrets, and worse, the threat of foster care. With everything she has at stake, Julep’s in way over her head . . . but that’s not going to stop her from using every trick in the book to find her dad before his mark finds her. Because that would be criminal. 




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Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to expect from this novel. It looked like my sort of book from the description but I never have high expectations for debut novel. I never imagined a thriller book is this heartbreaking, but this book did. Trust Me, I’m Lying was an amazing debut novel, a book filled with suspense, mystery and one that will keep you on guessing till the end. From moment that Juliep’s father goes missing , I found myself trying to put the pieces together, to what could possibly happened to him, what trouble he managed to get himself into this time. It felt like I needed to know what happened. On weekend, I found myself reading book most of day just so I could find out. Reading Trust Me, I’m Lying I felt like I went on the journey along with Juliep, just not as dangerous as her. All of the descriptions, everything that happened to her, I could imagine and feel like I was there with her. How could you not love a book like that? It’s like almost entering a completely different world.




In beginning I didn’t know what to think of Juliep. I knew that I should dislike her, considering what her father did and how she lied to others. Other part of me felt sorry for her after her father went missing, and fact that someone was trying to kill her on top of it. At same time I was impressed by her talents, her dedication to figure out what happened to her dad. Despite the warning, and multiple times she was almost killed, she didn’t give up like I would have; she kept on going till she figured out the mystery. Juliep stood her ground, though she was stubborn, she should had a backup instead of doing half of things on her own. Once I reached the end of the book, I knew that there was going to be a sequel, just the way that book ended. I got a feeling that Juliep is about to get herself into more trouble, she can’t seem to stay away from it.



I knew that Tyler cared about her, especially considering how he risked his own life, so she can escape. I won’t lie; I shed few tears by that point on. If I had any doubts about his actual feelings for her before, I didn’t anymore. Despite that, I still preferred Sam over Tyler. Sam knew her most of his life, and he done so much more for her that Tyler did, he went to jail because of her, got captured because of her. I know for fact that what he felt for her was real love. I can’t believe how clueless she been. Did she not notice how jealous he got when she talked about Tyler, or how nervous he got when he was asking her to dance? By then, I knew how he felt about her. Now that he is in military school and still hasn’t contacted her, I am actually curious to see what happens between them next, if something will spark between them in next book. I love romance but I enjoy mystery books that have more action than romance, Trust Me, I’m Lying is that book.



An breathtaking, thrilling, filled with a lot of suspense debut YA Thriller.

 

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