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Four minutes changes everything. Hadley Sullivan 17 misses her flight at JFK airport, is late to her father’s second wedding in London with never-met stepmother. Hadley meets the perfect boy. Oliver is British, sits in her row. A long night on the plane passes in a blink, but the two lose track in arrival chaos. Can fate bring them together again?
I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars
I have been eyeing this book for awhile now… And I am soo glad that I got it!
This is an unbelievably cute story of fate, learning to let go, and forgiveness. Lately, I have been absolutely in love with stories about fate (hellooo books by Lily Paradis). It’s completely cheesy but there’s something magical about how all these events, both good and bad, can come together just to make sure two people meet.
I loved the beginning of how this story was presented. The beginning talks about all the circumstances that led to the main character Hadley being late to the airport, which of course is one of the worst things that could happen. Until of course she meets Oliver.
Yes, what happens may seem far fetched, but it’s one of those perfect events that you wish you could experience for yourself. This story made my heart ache so much, with both happiness and sadness. I loved how natural it was for Oliver and Hadley to talk, from the most important things to the mundane (talking ducks anyone?). typically like stories that takes place in different areas, but I honestly didn’t mind the fact that this book only takes place in a 24 hour period, with very little changes in the setting of the story.
This book definitely makes your heart flutter at all the right moments and yes at times be a little crushed, but it’s okay, it happens!! I would definitely recommend this book if you enjoy stories of fate or just a cute read.
Today is an exciting day! I am here to reveal the cover for the much anticipated book, Volition, written by Lily Paradis! I cannot WAIT to get a hold of my very own copy of Volition, as you should as well!! I first stumbled upon this author a few months ago after finding out about her blog tour for her first book Ignite. That book was such a beautiful and cute novel! It is known that this tale of Volition is a much darker tale compared to Ignite. It is very unique and fantastic that authors can switch gears so well. Make sure to add this book to your to-read list!!!
Back Cover Description:
You know that feeling in the pit of your stomach that stays with you, then tears you apart slowly at first, and all at once shreds every fiber of your being?
It’s because you’re contradicting the universe.
Everything lines up so perfectly that you couldn’t have imagined it to work out any better, but then you have to go and do everything humanly possible to ruin it because you can’t stand to have it go right?
That’s what I did.
I did it because there’s a darkness that surrounds me, and I think I want it there.
My name is Tate McKenna, and my soul is blacker than my heart.
“A read that will keep you on your toes until the very end. Genius!” – Makayla (The Book Life)
“This is a twisted tale… that you can relate to.” – Bryce (Novels to Song)
“Beautifully twisted…A novel that shocks and surprises, and is not your typical love story. A gripping read filled with complex characters, dark humor and lyrical writing that leaves you wanting more! Paradis produced a story that carried a lot of emotion that dealt with love, relationships, and the darkness that surrounds death and the mark it leaves on those who have escaped it.” – Ashley F. (Falling Down the Book Hole)
“The story was lined with black and drowned in glitter… Volition is one of those books that makes you reflect on life’s past, present, and future.” – Abbey (Books a la Mode)
“I could not put this beautiful and dark tale of Tate McKenna down! Be with her as she discovers the impact that free will, fate and the act of letting go can have on a person!” – Jaclyn (Living in a World of Book Quotes)
Right now it’s not enough to have just a little bit of Hayden. I want all of him.
I want to be engulfed by him.
I want him to set me on fire and burn me until I’m nothing but ashes.
And then I want him to set a flame to those ashes, because he’s the only one who
I look up into the sky to see all of the drops falling on the ground before they make contact. I realize the drops have more in common with me than I think. We’re all just
falling until we’re not falling, and we don’t really have a choice where we land.
Release Date: February 9th, 2015
Cover by Sarah Hansen of Okay Creations
Find more information about Volition, Ignite, and Lily’s other upcoming releases at www.lilyparadis.com.
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Well this was a bit of a slowww reading month for me. Here are the books that I read, which include two advanced copies of books for blog tours, a giveaway book, and a book I beta read.
Blog Tour books:
Infinite Limits by Megan Duke (released December 16, 2014)
Pinny the Bowling Pin by Leah Ward
Fragile Facade (The Blind Barriers Trilogy #1) by Sophie Davis
You’ve heard their stories. You’ve felt their pain. Now, in this thought-provoking conclusion to Small Circles, the characters we’ve come to love are faced with an abundance of difficult choices. It’s time for each of them to choose a path, but who’s to say which is the right one? Between a wedding, a pregnancy, a disappearance, and a disturbing dream turned reality, there are an infinite number of ways this story could end. But there is a limit to every infinity, and everyone has a breaking point.
Poor Pinny just wants to fit in. He is tired of being the last bowling pin standing, making it nearly impossible for kids to bowl a strike. Everyone dislikes the last pin, the lone pin, the one who won’t fall no matter how many others do. As if it isn’t bad enough that the kids don’t like him, even the other pin’s don’t! He is making them look bad after all. But maybe, Pinny wasn’t meant to fit in? Maybe he was meant for something greater! Perhaps a doctor, a rockstar, or even the President!
Kids will be imagining their own humorous occupations for Pinny, and sharing a laugh with the lovable character and the author who finally revealed the truth behind the bowling pins lives. This story is a perfect gift for anti-bullying, for a reminder to kids to never give up, and for those who just want to know why it’s so difficult to bowl a strike!
Lark Kingsley had the perfect family, the perfect future, the perfect life. Born and raised in affluent Manhattan society, she was bred for success. Lark had it all. Until one day things go terribly wrong, and she vanishes without a trace.
Raven Ferragamo is starting a new life. Taking a year off after high school, she moves to Washington, D.C., leaving her friends, her family, and her problems behind. The clean break with her past starts off better than she could’ve dreamed. For the first time in her short life, Raven really feels as though anything is possible.
Until one day, in the midst of a nationwide hunt for the Kinsgley Diamonds heiress, Raven happens upon Lark’s diary. Without warning, she is drawn in to the life of a girl with many secrets. Lark knew of the fate that would befall her before she ever disappeared. Her desperate pleas for help draw Raven in to a labyrinth of mysteries.
Seemingly coming from different worlds, the two have more in common than either could ever imagine.
What happened to Lark? And why was she building a hidden life? Will Raven find the answers before she is ensnared as well?
So September was another month of slow reading for me (sad face). But, I did read some fantastic books! I of course read my favorite genres (young adult, contemporary, dystopian, and new adult). I have been introduced to some new fantastic and unique authors. I have linked my reviews for each of these books in the titles. Please go check them out and make sure you read these superb novels!
Ignite (Ignite #1) by Lily Paradis
Exiled (Talented #4.5) by Sophie Davis
Lux Consequences: Origin (Lux #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
The Giver by Lois Lowry (no review)
Opposition (Lux #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Be with Me (Wait for You #2) by J. Lynn (Jennifer L. Armentrout)
This is the fantastic and beautiful debut novel of author Lily Paradis.
Check out her website by clicking her linked name above. Also make sure to check out her Goodreads page!
Quote before the story begins
“Sometimes in life, things need to happen that are just bad enough to shake you up a little bit. Not to ruin your life, but just to remind you that you are human, and that you are stronger than you thought.” Madelyn Stankiewicz in Ignite by Lily Paradis
“Dean was sitting casually at his kitchen table reading the newspaper, once again channeling Clark Kent with those glasses. I guessed he wore them when he wasn’t wearing contacts, because he didn’t wear them all the time. I sort of wished he would.” pg. 176 Ignite by Lily Paradis
“”So that was the night everything changed for me. The night I exiled myself to Siberia or whatever you want to call it. I want to be somewhere that no one can hurt me. Untouchable. I don’t want to be alone, but lonely is a small price to pay for safe. If that’s what Siberia is, then I wasn’t it. I’ll take the ice.”” pg. 179 Ignite by Lily Paradis
“”Have you ever heard of koi no yokan?” he asked.
I shook my head.
“Its Japanese,” he explained as he trailed his fingers lightly down one of my arms. “It doesn’t have an English equivalent. Roughly translated, it’s a term for the feeling that you have when you first meet someone.”
“Like love at first sight?” I asked, tipping my head up toward his.
“No, not quite like that. It’s more like you know that a future love with that person is inevitable, but it doesn’t exist in that moment.”” pg. 231 Ignite by Lily Paradis
“Don’t run from your past, but learn from it, and when the time comes, but learn from it, and when the time comes, I know you’ll always do what is right.” pg. 299 Ignite by Lily Paradis
After her father’s untimely demise in a mining accident and her mother’s abandonment, Lauren Lindsay is no stranger to loss. She’s used to living life for one person: herself. That is, until another family tragedy thrusts three children into her care and uproots her life in ways she could never imagine.
Lauren’s first instinct is to run, until she meets their striking, mysterious neighbor Dean Powell. Their immediate chemistry and his connection with her late father just might be enough to keep her in town long enough to uncover pieces of her past that she never had answers to. Dean’s shady past and her reluctance to trust him could cost her the life she’s always been searching for, but will she run back to her old life?
Or will she choose to stay and live the life her father always imagined for her?
I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars
I can’t thank Lily and Elia enough for sending me a copy of Lily’s debut novel Ignite!
Yes, I am going to say those magic words of mine that I can’t seem to stop saying about the books I have been reading lately. I am in complete awe of this beautifully written novel.
Right away you are introduced to Lauren, the newly turned 21 year old main character of this book. You aren’t given any background right away as to what her story, which I loved, because it leaves the character with some mystery and intrigue as to what her story is about (especially the cute guy she meets at the DMV). As the story progresses you find out more about Lauren and how her world is completely thrown upside down and finding out that she has new responsibilities in her life.
I know it’s corny, but I felt like I was a reading a fairy tale with characters that had a broken past. This author must’ve been a fan of Disney/the Disney princesses because there a few references. This story flowed very well in not presenting Lauren and Dean’s past right away, but rather building up to what made them who they were and who they would eventually become.
I liked Lauren from the get go. She was awkward but true to herself (at least at that point when we first meet her). I liked the progression in her character, even when she went through many ups and downs from her relationship with Dean to the decision of whether or not to take responsibility of the three children.
I also of course like Dean. You knew that of course eventually something would go on from the first time he met Lauren. I enjoyed the progression of their relationship. I won’t go into too much detail, but it flowed very naturally and was very realistic. It’s at least what I think relationships should start off as at first and then developing onto a whole different level.
By far, out of Chase, Callie, and Emma.. My absolute favorite HAS to be Emma. She was so sweet and innocent and matched perfectly in this story. And ESPECIALLY with her attachment to Dean and Lauren, it was absolutely adorable. The children added a different element to the story which I think was great. I thought this because most contemporary coming of age novels typically involve those in their teens and parents. This book however shows that of course a child’s life can even be impacted. Adding the children gave the story a nice balance to the story between Dean/Lauren’s relationship and Dean/Lauren/children’s relationship.
My only thought (this wasn’t enough to make me give less than five stars) was that there were parts that seemed way too unrealistic. This is an emotional story about letting go of your past, and learning the value of what it means to be a family. I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy contemporary novels that have a meaningful message. I am looking forward to Arclight, the second book for this debut author. And, guess what? It’s written from Dean’s point of view. So definitely go check out this book! Her book IS now available to purchase!