carry me home.

i had absolutely no idea what this book was about when i signed up to review it on this blog tour. i loved the cover art. i am not ashamed to admit that i will pick a book up simply because of its cover.

truth be told, jessica almost lost me in the first few chapters. i know absolutely nothing of gang culture or lingo and some of that was hard for me to follow at first. i’m glad i powered through those first chapters though.

i really liked this book.

it is marketed as a YA book, and while i agree that it would be appropriate for a mature YA audience, i will say it isn’t going to be for everyone. it is gritty, violent, and graphic.

i loved the dichotomy of the small town girls moving to the big city – but this took a dark turn and quickly separated itself from your typical YA girl with a dream sort of book.

our protagonist is well developed in the present but i would have loved more of the backstory we get a small glimpse of at the end. lucy at times seems overly complicated for a 15 year old girl – but then in the same moment she is your typical teenage girl. she wants to be loved and accepted and thinks she has the world figured out. we can all relate to that feeling. we were all teenagers who knew it all at one time. jessica crafted lucy in a heartbreakingly real way.

i wish that i had felt like i knew some of the rest of the characters as well as i ended up knowing lucy. i definitely feel like her mother, sister, and father have depth, but that we just caught glimpses of that depth. i would love to know them all more. but that is for another book or my imagination i suppose.

this book IS not for everyone and definitely not the faint of heart.

this book IS for anyone who wants to go on a wild ride to the bottom and back with a young girl and her family just trying to find their way.

4/5 stars for carry me home.

scroll down for information about carry me home and your chance to win a signed copy!

CMH Ebook Cover

Carry Me Home
by Jessica Therrien
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: September 26th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Thriller, Young Adult
Synopsis:

“A riveting page-turner… Jessica Therrien broke my heart into a million pieces — and then put it back together again. This book will haunt and uplift readers long after they turn the last page.”
-KAT ROSS, best-selling author of The Midnight Sea

CARRY ME HOME is a fictional novel inspired by the true story of a teenage girl’s involvement in several Mexican gangs in San Jose and Los Angeles. The members of her crew call her, Guera, Spanish for “white girl” and it doesn’t take long for her to get lost in their world of guns and drugs.

* * *

Lucy and Ruth are country girls from a broken home. When they move to the city with their mother, leaving behind their family ranch and dead-beat father, Lucy unravels.

They run to their grandparents’ place, a trailer park mobile home in the barrio of San Jose. Lucy’s barrio friends have changed since her last visit. They’ve joined a gang called VC. They teach her to fight, to shank, to beat a person unconscious and play with guns. When things get too heavy, and lives are at stake, the three girls head for LA seeking a better life.

But trouble always follows Lucy. She befriends the wrong people, members of another gang, and every bad choice she makes drags the family into her dangerous world.

Told from three points of view, the story follows Lucy down the rabbit hole, along with her mother and sister as they sacrifice dreams and happiness, friendships and futures. Love is waiting for all of them in LA, but pursuing a life without Lucy could mean losing her forever.

Ultimately it’s their bond with each other that holds them together, in a true test of love, loss and survival.

 
Purchase: 
Jessica
AUTHOR BIO:
Jessica Therrien is the author of the young adult series Children of the Gods. Book one in the series, Oppression, became a Barnes & Noble best-seller shortly after its release. Her trilogy has been translated and sold through major publishers around the world, such as Editions AdA (Canada), EditionsMilan (France), and SharpPoint Press (China).

Aside from her Children of the Gods series, Jessica is the author of a kid’s picture book called, The Loneliest Whale. Her award-winning stories can also be found in a published anthology of flash fiction.

Jessica currently lives in Irvine with her husband and two young sons. She is working on an a YA suspense thriller series and a middle grade fantasy series.

Author links:

check out what other bloggers have to say about carry me home!

read more reviews here

CarryMeHomeTourBanner

click here to get entered to win the following prizes:

  • Signed copy of Oppression (Children of the Gods #1)
  • Signed copy of Carry Me Home
  • $10 Amazon Gift Card

 

Advertisements

speed.

Couple in car teaser.jpg

Ok. I am just going to be totally honest here and let y’all know that this is my first BB Easton book. I’m a sucker for a good cover and BB’s books have covers that remind me of my old zine so…

This book isn’t for the easily triggered. There is vulgar language, rough sex, and violence. Sometimes seemingly simultaneously.

I’m not easily triggered.

I loved this book. It was gritty, honest, and to the point. Though I definitely was not having that kind of sex when I was 16! Seriously, you may want to wait til the kids go to bed to read this one, ladies!

While I’m sure reading the previous books would have been helpful on some level – I think this book could stand on its own. I appreciate that I wasn’t completely lost just jumping straight into speed.

Though I didn’t run around with skinheads or know many beautiful boys that wrenched on vintage cars I could relate to the character development in BB’s writing. I found myself thinking back on the way we dressed and the music we listened to and honestly, bb and i could have run in the same crowd or crossed paths at a show once upon a time!

This is a can’t put down sort of book and I enthusiastically give it 4/5 stars!

Win a copy here!

Or even better, show BB a little love and buy a copy (and her other books too!) at any of these places:

Paperback: https://goo.gl/3XTDU8 
Author Bio:
BB Easton lives in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia with her long-suffering husband, Ken, and two adorable children. She recently quit her job as a school psychologist to write stories about her punk rock past and deviant sexual history full-time. Ken is suuuper excited about it.
 

SPEED-animated-cover

speed preview:

It was love at first sight. A late ‘60s Mustang fastback body style, matte black paint job, matte black rims, blacked out windows, and a massive open-air scoop on the hood. It looked like something straight out of Mad Max.

“Can I help you with somethin’?”

I turned and met the amused stare of a broad shouldered, baby-faced, blue-eyed mechanic. His dirty-blond hair was pushed back in a messy pompadour. His forearms were covered in hot rod tattoos. His pouty bottom lip was pierced. And his name was embroidered on the A&J Auto Body shirt hugging his hard chest.

Hellooo, Harley.

“Sorry,” I sputtered. “I know I’m probably not supposed to be back here, but I…” I looked back up at the beast on the lift and a deep longing seized my chest. “I just can’t leave her.”

Harley—if that was even his real name—chuckled and said, “So, you like the ladies, huh?”

“What? No!” I snapped.

“Good.” The mechanic smiled, and the twinkle in his mischievous blue eyes reminded me just how much I liked boys.

Trying to bring the subject back to cars and away from my sexual orientation, I looked around the garage and pointed to my faded black hatchback on the farthest lift. “I drive the baby version of this.”

Harley glanced over at my most prized possession and nodded in approval. “Five-oh, huh? Not bad. Manual or automatic?”

“Manual,” I groaned.

“No shit? Your boyfriend teach you how to drive that thing?”

“No,” I said, letting my mouth hang open in pretend offense.

“Ah,” Harley nodded. “You met him after you got the car.”

“I don’t have a boyfriend,” I said, rolling my eyes. I had to bite the insides of my cheeks to keep from smiling. God, he was cute. The guy had a face like James Dean and a body like Dean Cain. And that accent. Living in the south, Southern accents are a dime a dozen, but Harley’s was just subtle enough to be cute. Cute, cute, cute.

Harley smirked at me and asked, “Your old man must be a car guy then, huh?”

“You got me,” I smiled. “I’ve been hoarding all his old Muscle Car magazines since I was a kid. I used to cut out all the Mustang pictures and tape them to my bedroom walls, but the tape fucked up the sheetrock so my mom bought one of those clear plastic shower curtains with the photo pockets and—”

Harley held up a hand to silence me. “I’m gonna have to stop you right there,” he beamed, “’cause right now all I can picture is you in the shower and I’m pretty sure I’m not gonna be able to process another word you say.”

Oh my God!

I could feel the prickly heat of a blush creeping up my neck. I bit the insides of my cheeks to keep my face from splitting open into a blotchy, big-toothed grin caused by his sexy little comment had caused. This guy, Harley, had to be in his early twenties, he was fiiiine as hell, and he was flirting with me.

Having no idea how to respond to that, I tried again to change the subject. “So, what do you drive?”

“Hmm…” Harley tilted his head and smirked. “Why don’t you take a guess?”

Oh, we’re playing games now. Okay…

I tapped my lips with my fingertips and eyed him, thinking hard.

“You strike me as a…Volkswagen Beetle kinda guy.”

Harley almost laughed, then quickly scowled, trying to look offended.

“No? Oh, I got it. PT Cruiser.”

Harley pursed his ample lips, fighting back a grin.

“Wood-paneled Pinto?”

That one had him wrinkling his nose in genuine horror.

“Oh, I know—it’s a trick question! You drive a Vespa!”

Snort.

I was running out of ideas, so I looked around the shop and spotted a ‘64 Impala lowrider. “Ooh! I found it. Right there,” I said, pointing to the hoopty. “The gold rims were a nice touch. I bet you even put hydraulics on it, didn’t you?”

Harley finally let out the laugh he’d been biting back. It was deep and raspy and made my insides tingle. “You’re getting warmer,” he said. “It’s actually on hydraulics right now.” Harley lifted an oil-smudged finger and pointed to the matte black sex machine above my head.

love in the friend zone.

Love in the Friend Zone Banner

i love this book!

i love, love, loved this book!

it took me a minute to get into the book because i was in the middle of another book and just generally a little busy but holy buckets! i really started this book at about 1 in the morning today and finished up about 330. now, in all fairness i’m a super fast reader in general, but also, this was unputdownable and i stayed up extra late just to finish it because there was no way i could go to bed not finishing this book!

molly has written characters and situations that are pretty believable. i mean who didn’t have a friend they secretly loved for a bit? i feel like this book definitely could have been written based on a personal experience. the attention to detail was fantastic and molly’s ability to convey the kaleidoscope of emotions that come along with quietly loving someone with ALL YOUR HEART is spot on.

seriously. this is a lovely read. it is quick, twisty, fun, and such a fun flashback to being a teenage girl! go get this book. you can get it right here or !

4/5 stars from this girl! can’t wait to read more from molly!

35683226

The only thing worse than not being able to tell your best friend you’re head over heels in love with him? Having to smile and nod when he enlists your help to ensnare the girl of his dreams.

Braylen didn’t even want to go to Lennon Pryor’s epic graduation-night party, but when Fynn begs her to be his “wingwoman,” she can’t deny him. Talking up her BFF—how he’s magic behind a camera, with a killer sense of humor and eyelashes that frame the most gorgeous blue eyes in the history of forever—is easy. Supporting his efforts to woo someone so completely wrong for him? Not so much.

Fynn knows that grad night is his last shot before leaving for college to find true love. And thanks to Bray, he gets his chance with the beautiful Katy Evans. But over the course of the coolest party of their high school careers, he starts to see that perhaps what he really wants has been in front of him all along. Bray’s been his best friend since kindergarten, though, and he’d rather have her in his life as a friend than not at all.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains one epic party, complete with every high-schoolers-gone-bad shenanigan, and two best friends whose sexual chemistry is off the charts…if only they’d succumb to it.

molly

Molly E. Lee is an author best known for her debut novel EDGE OF CHAOS, and as a fourth year mentor at Pitch Wars – a program which connects promising writers to established authors in the community. Molly writes New Adult and Young Adult Contemporary featuring strong female heroines who are unafraid to challenge their male counterparts, yet still vulnerable enough to have love sneak up on them. In addition to being a military spouse and mother of two + one stubborn English Bulldog, Molly loves watching storms from her back porch at her Midwest home, and digging for treasures in antique stores.

Website:http://www.mollyelee.com

Twitter: @MollyELee

 

true north.

les_truenorth_final500

true north is book numero two in the true born trilogy. IF YOU HAVE NOT READ TRUE BORN (BOOK 1) STOP RIGHT NOW AND GO READ THAT. seriously. 100% not kidding. this is not a stand alone sequel. you simply must read book 1 or you will be struggling to make connections and fill in gaps in the story.

so, that being said, i previously reviewed true born. i really enjoyed true born so i jumped into true north with pretty high expectations. i was not disappointed.

true north was exactly what i needed it to be as the second book in a trilogy. some loose ends from book one were tied up and some excellent groundwork was laid for book three!

true north taps into a little more of the science of Dominion and can get a little tedious at times, but it isn’t tedious to the point of boredom. at no time was i ever bored with this book!

if you love a good futuristic adventure with some genetic splicing and romantic tension – you’ll really dig this series!

4/5 stars from this girl!

Want to win a copy? Click https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>here!

Want to read the first 6 chapters? Click here!

about the author

le-sterling

L.E. Sterling

I was a voracious devotee of sci-fi and fantasy novels all through my childhood, so I suppose it doesn’t come as much of a shock that I’ve returned to the genre with a vengeance. 

For a while I turned my back on the genre in favour of ‘high-brow’ literary texts. Ironically, it was my doctoral degree that saw me circling back. There’s something about the way postmodern literature plays with the arcane that had me utterly fascinated, and it wasn’t long until I fell headlong back into my old ways and haven’t looked back since.

My first novel, which isn’t in the Urban Fantasy or Fantasy genres, isn’t high literature, mind you, even if it tangles with some serious statements about politics and the way our western world runs. My editor described it as something between Charles Dickens and The Catcher in the Rye: Serious Fun, in other words.

My second novel, Pluto’s Gate, is where I’ve come home to myself: it’s a contemporary retelling of the Demeter-Persephone-Pluto story from Greek mythology. Folded into the mix is a Shaman-in-training, a magical book, Underworld Gods, a world covered in ice, a three-headed dog, and one lousy ex-boyfriend.

But I’ll tell you this much: I believe in the power of words and stories to transform our inner worlds. Whether the characters be vampires or vagabonds, a good narrative sucker punches so-called reality anyhow.

the secret billionaire.

secretbillionaire-smallcover

i will admit that i had no idea what to expect when starting this book. the summary was intriguing and i love the cover. so here i am.

it is unfair to label this book as young adult, this is a book that transcends age groups and would definitely be enjoyable to readers of any age. this book has action, excitement, intrigue, suspense, and danger – all without resorting to frequent profanity or sordid love affairs.

if you’re looking for a book that will take over your brain and transport you to another place – this is it. if the lion, the witch, and the wardrobe and harry potter had a baby, it could be this book.

shahabi has a very impressive self-published debut here and should definitely be proud of his work.

5 stars from this girl!

want to win a copy? click https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js

read the summary below and pick up a copy for yourself on amazon at the link below:            The Secret Billionaire

About the Author

Teymour Shahabi was born in Paris in 1985 of Persian parents. He moved to the United States to study Comparative Literature and Mathematics at Harvard University. He currently lives in New York City, where he’s spent the last few years among serious grownups who probably have no idea he’s doing this. The Secret Billionaire is his first published book.

You can watch (and help) him try to figure out writing and life at www.youtube.com/PageWingChannel.

teymour-shahabi

The Secret Billionaire
by Teymour Shahabi
Genre: YA Mystery
Release Date: September 2016

Summary from Goodreads:

1960s — March 24. Billionaire Lyndon Surway takes off in his private plane and never returns.

His will leaves the entirety of his wealth—one of the largest fortunes in history—to his “dear friend Lucian Baker.” Only there is no trace of anyone by that name. And the fortune itself is nowhere to be found.

Andrew Day knows nothing of wealth and privilege, but he won a scholarship to study at the most exclusive school in the country, in the town where the mystery, decades later, remains unsolved. There he discovers friendship and danger with the aristocratic Cameron and the beautiful Olivia. But watchful eyes follow him everywhere… Until, one night, he comes across a secret that will change his life. As he begins to unravel what really happened to the Surway fortune, the question remains: who is Lucian Baker?

in a dark, dark wood.

oh my goodness. ruth ware. seriously. this girl has earned a spot in my top 5 right now.

i will be the first to admit that i first checked this book out because of the cover. this cover:

 1484798247704-221269920

i’m very happy to tell you that the pages lived up to the cover! ruth ware has a phenomenal twisty thriller here.

adequate amounts of booze and some maybe not so friendly rivalries at a hen weekend set the stage for this delightful read. (a hen weekend is a bachelorette party) we’re taken back and forth between our protagonist in the hospital as she recovers from wounds she can’t remember getting and the events of the hen weekend that have landed her in the hospital. a well crafted web of characters make this book easy to slip into.

i devoured this book and immediately purchased it as a gift for someone and read the girl in cabin 10 because i wasn’t ready to be done reading ruth ware just quite yet! i can’t wait for her next book and am excited to see that this is being made into a movie!

seriously. 5/5. loved it!

one moment.

1484252479015-879685713

i just finished reading one moment by kristina mcbride. i received and ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

this was a really good book. it was a relatively quick read and once you get into it you’ll find it hard to put down.

the story centers around Maggie, our endearing protagonist, and her group of friends. they’re the quintessential group of best friends. 3 boys, 3 girls, all inseparable, with 2 of them romantically involved.

they have traditions, secrets, their “place”. we get to know about all of those things and the 6 of them after a tragic accident that leaves them seriously grieving for what is presumably the first time. The accident along with flashbacks and revealed secrets intertwine to bring a much different, less idyllic reality into the story line.

i could have actually read a few more chapters and was a little sad to see this story come to an end.

throw this book in your bag the next time you’re headed to the beach, or curl up on your couch with a blanket and get ready to lose all track of time and the world around you as you find yourself immersed in this twisty read!

4/5 stars from this girl!