Blog Tour: Predator by Janice Gable Bashman- Review (by Jaime!) and Giveaway


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By Janice Gable Bashman
Published on September 16, 2014
Published by Month9Books, LLC.
 “Predator is a fast-paced, creepy page-turner! Bashman had me at the opening sentence and she’s still got me. I want more!”

Nancy Holder, New York Times Bestselling Author, The Rules

The hunt is on!

Sixteen-year-old Bree Sunderland must inject herself with an untested version of her father’s gene therapy to become a werewolf in order to stop a corrupt group of mercenaries from creating a team of unstoppable lycanthrope soldiers.

When Bree went with her scientist father to Ireland, she thought it would be a vacation to study bog bodies. She never expected to fall in love with a mysterious young Irishman and certainly never expected to become the kind of monster her father said only existed in nightmares. Dr. Sunderland discovers that lycanthropy was not a supernatural curse but rather a genetic mutation. When they return home, her dad continues his research, but the military wants to turn that research into a bio weapons program and rogue soldiers want to steal the research to turn themselves into unstoppable killing machines.

Bree’s boyfriend Liam surprises her with a visit to the United States, but there are darker surprises in store for both of them. As evil forces hunt those she loves, Bree must become an even more dangerous hunter to save them all.

Predator gives the werewolf legend a couple of new spins by introducing the Benandanti (an actual folkloric belief that certain families of Italy and Livonia were werewolves who fought against evil), as well as a modern scientific approach to mutation and the science of transgenics.

Predator is essentially a werewolf story and I tend to be a little wary of them. But the synopsis for this one was definitely different so I decided to give it a try. The bog is an interesting place, and I love that the body found was preserved in the bog and what that can mean for the future of mankind.
This book is basically non-stop action which is never a bad thing. There were some minor plot holes, but the action I was talking about a sentence ago? It keeps you reading because you have to see what happens next. I loved Bree. She is smart and talented, a little rash but willing to go to any lengths to get things accomplished. Liam I was pretty unsure of in the beginning, but I ended up truly liking him as the book went on.
The author truly impressed me with her lore, and the research that must have went into every aspect of this story. Her writing is good. She knows how to move a story along, no doubt about it.
Predator is a fast-paced read that will have you turning pages as fast as you can to see what is going to happen next. Go into this story remembering that it is a story and that everything doesn't have to be completely believable to be absolutely enjoyable and you will have a great time with this book!



About the Author

Janice Gable Bashman is the Bram Stoker nominated author of Wanted Undead or Alive and Predator. She is managing editor of the The Big Thrill (International Thriller Writers’ ezine).  Janice lives with her family in the Philadelphia area, where she at work on her next novel. Visit her at janicegablebashman.com.









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Blog Tour: Crown of Ice by Vicki L. Weavil- Review (by Jaime!) and Giveaway


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By Vicki L. Weavil
Published on September 9, 2014
Published by Month9Books, LLC.
Thyra Winther’s seventeen, the Snow Queen, and immortal, but if she can’t reassemble a shattered enchanted mirror by her eighteenth birthday she’s doomed to spend eternity as a wraith.

Armed with magic granted by a ruthless wizard, Thyra schemes to survive with her mind and body intact. Unencumbered by kindness, she kidnaps local boy Kai Thorsen, whose mathematical skills rival her own. Two logical minds, Thyra calculates, are better than one. With time rapidly melting away she needs all the help she can steal.

A cruel lie ensnares Kai in her plan, but three missing mirror shards and Kai’s childhood friend, Gerda, present more formidable obstacles. Thyra’s willing to do anything – venture into uncharted lands, outwit sorcerers, or battle enchanted beasts — to reconstruct the mirror, yet her most dangerous adversary lies within her breast. Touched by the warmth of a wolf pup’s devotion and the fire of a young man’s desire, the thawing of Thyra’s frozen heart could be her ultimate undoing.

CROWN OF ICE is a YA Fantasy that reinvents Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen” from the perspective of a young woman who discovers that the greatest threat to her survival may be her own humanity.



This book was fantastic, and so different from anything that I have ever read. I loved every single page of this book, and I very much look forward to whatever comes next from this amazing author!
I will admit that Thyra Winter, The Snow Queen, is not at all easy to like in the beginning, and definitely hard to relate to. She is emotionless, and willing to do ruthless things to get what she wants. This includes horrible behavior towards animals, which is usually something that will make me put a book down and never look back. I am glad that I felt obligated to continue this book because of the tour, because I was able to see The Snow Queen melt, and fall in love with a wonderful story.
After her parents were killed in a horrible storm when she was a child, Thyra was adopted by a woman in town and treated no better than the pigs in the sty. She was then taken by her master, Mael Voss and imbued with the magic of the snow queen in order to restore a magic mirror. Other snow queens had tried before her, and each one is now a wraith because of their failure. Thyra is determined to beat that fate, at whatever cost.
Enter Kai Thorsen. He is a local village boy who is anything but common. He is incredibly smart and rivals Thyra in his mathematics skills. Thyra believes that he is the answer to helping her solve the mirror puzzle, so she decides she will bring him to her, whatever it takes. It won't be easy. Kai's family is close, and his best friend Gerda has a tendency to get in the way.
I don't want to give away any more of the story, but I will say this.... READ THIS BOOK! It is a fast-paced, adventurous story. There are talking animals, Luki the wolf who plays a huge part of the story. Childhood love, unrequited. An evil, nasty mage who has no qualms about harming anything that stands in his way, and does his best to prove that goodness always ends up losing. And a melting Snow Queen who has to decide in the end what matters most in the world.  A romance that doesn't start out that way. I had a blast reading this book, and I hope that y'all will give it a chance, too! 



About the Author

Vicki Lemp Weavil was raised in a farming community in Virginia, where her life was shaped by a wonderful family, the culture of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and an obsession with reading. Since obtaining her undergraduate degree in Theatre from the University of Virginia, she’s gone on to acquire two masters degrees, living in places as diverse as New York City and rural North Carolina. She’s currently the library director for a performing an visual arts university.  Vicki loves good writing in any genre, and has been known to read seven books in as many days. She enjoys travel, gardening, and the arts. Vicki lives in North Carolina with her husband, son, and some very spoiled cats.






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Made For You: Review + Interview with Melissa Marr!

Thanks to TLC Book Tours, we're pleased to present a review for Made for You, a new contemporary YA by Melissa Marr.  Don't miss our interview with Melissa, and then keep reading to enter to win a copy of the book for yourself (US addresses only)!

Make sure to check out the rest of the tour stops to see other reviews!


By Melissa Marr
Published on September 16th 2014
Published by HarperCollins
Source: Blog tour
Bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely books Melissa Marr’s first contemporary YA novel is a twisted southern gothic tale of obsession, romance, and murder. A killer is obsessed with Eva Tilling. Can she stop him, or will he claim her?

When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she’s confused—who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? But before she can consider the question, she finds that she’s awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people’s deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva’s power to keep her friends—and themselves—alive. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.

For the first time, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr has applied her extraordinary talent to contemporary realism. Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive this Gothic, racy thriller—a story of small-town oppression and salvation. Melissa’s fans, and every YA reader, will find its wild ride enthralling.

I jumped at the chance to read Made for You whenever I heard about the blog tour.  While I haven't read much of Marr's other work, I liked what I've seen, and I know Amanda's loved her stuff.  So if there was anyone I would trust with a new contemporary/mystery YA story, it was Melissa Marr, and I absolutely wasn't disappointed.

The story does start off a bit slow as we are introduced to Eva and her friends.  Eva is at the top of the social ladder, the daughter of a prominent family, so her world often revolves around having the right friends, being at the right party, dating the right boy, etc. Despite all that, though, she doesn't come off as your typical snobby rich girl.  She's got a bit of attitude and is very aware of the way "society" works, but overall she was easy to like. The cast of supporting characters around her was equally great, especially Grace, Eva's best friend.

I loved trying to solve the mystery of who tried to kill Eva.  I had a few guesses but I was definitely wrong, and it wasn't until the story pretty much gift-wraps the culprit that I actually clued into who had done it.  I'm always glad to see that, honestly, because I hate feeling like I figured out the mystery before the characters did.

The sections involving "Judge", the person behind Eva's accident, are creepy as all get-out.  This person is seriously, seriously disturbed.  It's a little over the top, but, I don't know, those sections really worked for me, because you know how much danger Eva is in, even while she's still oblivious, and the creep-factor just keeps ratcheting up and up as the story goes on.

There is a paranormal element to the story in the way that Eva starts to see people's deaths which adds both an additional layer of creepy, as well as more urgency to the story.  I do wish this element had been fleshed out a little more, particularly by the end of the story, but overall I liked it.

Also worth mentioning is the transformation of Eva's parents after the accident. Her parents were previously pretty distant, but started getting more involved in Eva's life, but not in a way that felt too cliche or overbearing. It was nice to see a character who didn't have a perfect relationship with her parents, but where the whole family was making the best of a bad situation and trying to become closer as a result of it.  It would have been really easy to have Eva's parents be total non-entities, but Marr didn't take that route and I appreciated it.

I also really enjoyed the slow blossoming romance between Eva and Nate.  They've been friends since they were little, so there's history there.  Watching them renew their friendship first, and then have it blossom into something else, was a treat to read. And their budding relationship never overshadowed the main plotlines, or turn Eva into a totally different character or anything. This was maybe one of my favorite book relationships I've read in a long while.

There are some disturbing/mature elements to the story, including murder/attempted murder, sexual content, manipulation/coercion, alcohol use, kidnapping, etc., so this is best for older readers.  (If the characters were out of high school, this would very easily be a New Adult book.)  That said, I really recommend this book for anyone looking for a solidly creepy contemporary mystery.



Melissa Marr is the author of the internationally bestselling Wicked Lovely series (currently available in 26 languages). In adult fiction, she is the author of the award-winning novel, Graveminder, and the newly released, The Arrivals. With Kelley Armstrong, Melissa is the co-editor of two anthologies and co-author of the Blackwell Pages trilogy (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers), a children’s series about the Norse myth of Ragnarök. Her upcoming HarperCollins 2014 release, Made For You, utilizes both her graduate degree in Southern Literature and her personal experience with stalkers in a story about a killer who terrorizes a small North Carolina town.

Melissa lives in Virginia with her family. You can visit her online at www.melissamarrbooks.com or on Twitter (@melissa_marr), Tumblr, or Facebook.

We had the most excellent opportunity to ask Melissa some questions!  Check out our interview:


Do you have any special writing habits or rituals?  (For example, I used to eat Swedish Fish whenever I was writing. I'm sure my dentist loved me!)
Music. I have playlists for every book, sometimes for individual characters, and I have a few go-to lists for moods.  

Keeping with the theme of our blog name, The Best Books Ever, I've got to ask: what is your absolute favorite book? (Any genre/age range/etc.)
I don’t do absolutes. There are books I recommend regularly and new discoveries in every category I read (which includes most categories), but I don’t like best/favourite. It’s a question I tend to fail. 

You have written young adult, adult, and middle grade fiction (and I hear there is a picture book in the works too) that have all been successful.  Some authors find transitioning from one type of an audience to another to be difficult, but you seem to do it effortlessly.  When you began writing did you imagine that you would write in multiple genres and for a vast variety of audiences?
That’s very sweet of you! Unfortunately, it’s far from effortless. Sometimes I suspect I’m sabotaging myself terribly because I’m unable to stick to one genre or age group. I get ideas. I follow them.  It’s really that simple.  I never set out to be a “____ writer.” I don’t know that I can stick to just one thing. Sometimes I want to, but I tend to write what strikes me . . . which is also how I read. I’m as likely to read a MG book as a Regency romance, as New Adult, as classic lit, as mystery, etc. etc.  I get on kicks, of course, where I devour one type of books, but then I switch.  

It’s a mindset that doesn’t steer me towards sticking to one genre in writing either.  I do, however, return to some more than others.  Fantasy still comes to me the easiest, so I suspect that may be the closest to a genre that I can go: I will probably tend towards fantasy more often than other genres. 

For some writers there is one book or author they can look back on and say, "That was the point that made me want to write books".  Do you have a book or author that made that happen with you?
No. I’ve always wanted to write. I grew up in a family where storytelling was important, and I love reading.  My plan for many years was to write my first book when I turned 40. Then my spouse deployed into a combat zone, and I ended up writing my first (the one that’s unpublished) in 2003 when I was 31, and immediately after that, I wrote Wicked Lovely. That’s my closest epiphany point: my husband was away, and I couldn’t sleep, so I wrote a couple books—even though it wasn’t on my schedule yet.   

You have had so many successful books and short stories.  Have you written anything unpublished that you deemed a complete failure or mistake?  
I don’t believe in regrets.  Everything we do leads us to where we are, so it all serves a purpose.  I happen to love where I am in life, so all of those pieces are valuable because they sent me to NOW.  I’ve written one novel that is unpublished. I have a few partials (one co-authored with a friend, one thriller, and one faery book) that aren’t quite market-ready, but they aren’t failures. They’ll either evolve, or they were exercises.
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Jaime's Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish


Robin Wasserman - The Waking Dark
I read this book last year, and man alive! Book was absolutely crazy and amazing and perfect gruesome and horrifying... but oh. so. good! Definitely want to read more from this amazing author


McCormick Templeman - The Glass Casket
This was such a beautiful story, and the writing was gorgeous. I can't wait to see what comes next from this awesome author!


Elizabeth Norris - Unraveling
I loved this book. It blew me away. I haven't read the second book yet, but I absolutely will and plan to read any other book I can from this author!


Jandy Nelson - The Sky is Everywhere
One of the most outstanding books I have ever read, and I will read every book this woman writes!


Patrick Ness - More Than This
My first experience with Patrick Ness blew  me away. Such an emotional, heartrending, GOOD story. I will be reading the Chaos Walking series as soon as possible! 


Kathleen Hale - No One Else Can Have You
What in the world was this crazy book? I don't care! I just loved it. Can't wait for another head-scratcher of a crazy story!


Carol Goodman - Blythewood
This was a very different, wonderful in every way story and I cannot wait for the sequel. It can't get here fast enough!


Hannah L. Clark - Uncovering Cobbogoth
The first time I had heard of this author was when I was sent a tour sign up, and I decided to take a chance. I am so glad that I did. Talk about an incredible adventure! I can't wait to continue this series! 


Emily Murdoch - If You Find Me
I still can't talk about this one without feeling the feels. And MAN the feels in this story. I loved it, and I would love to read more by this author. 


Brynn Chapman - Boneseeker
Sherlock and Watson's kids? Yes, please! The characters in this story were perfection, and the story itself? Perfection! I adored it and I cannot wait to read more from this very talented author. Hopefully a Boneseeker sequel? 



I thought when I first saw this TTT topic that this one was going to be easy....
I was wrong! It is kind of surprising just how many authors I have only read ONE BOOK from. It was yet again hard to narrow it down to ten. This time though, I was determined to stick with ten and I actually did it! Thanks for stopping by and checking out my TTT this week, y'all!

Ericka reviews Black Ice (Midgard #2)

By Susan Krinard
Published on August 12th 2014
Published by Tor Books
Source: Publisher
New York Times bestselling author Susan Krinard continues the thrilling urban fantasy series that began with Mist in Black Ice.

Centuries ago, all was lost in the Last Battle when the Norse gods and goddesses went to war. The elves, the giants, and the gods and goddesses themselves were all destroyed, leaving the Valkyrie known as Mist one of the only survivors.

Or so she thought.

The trickster god Loki has reappeared in San Francisco, and he has big plans for modern-day Earth. With few allies and fewer resources—but the eyes of the gods and goddesses of an old world upon her—it’s up to Mist to stop him before history repeats itself.


Oh Midgard, so full of people and references I still have yet to understand!  This time around, it was not nearly as bad as the first book in the series, Mist.  However, if you did not have the strong urge to pick up a Norse God Dictionary after the first one, you still might be a little lost here.

Our adventure picks up exactly where it left off.  Loki is still causing a lot of trouble.  Freya seems to have multiple plots up her diaphanous sleeves.  Odin may or may not be in trouble and may or may not be around to help.  Or not help.  Honestly, I am not sure that a lot happens in this book.  There IS a bit of a whoa, shocker, which I had pegged incorrectly, so that was exciting.  The rest of the story just seems to be a stop-gap.  Hopefully this is all leading to a ridiculously big battle where Mist fully comes into her own.

Would I recommend this?  I am not sure.  I mean, I liked it, and it progressed the story, but you definitely should not read this if you did not enjoy or understand the first book.  Personally, I would still like to see where it is all going and would be happy to read the next installment, so I guess that is something.

I have to apologize for the bland and somewhat uninformative review.  Really, there is not much to say!

Ericka


Crystalee reviews No One Needs to Know

No One Needs to Know
By Amanda Grace
Published on September 8 2014
Published by Flux
Source: Net Galley
Olivia's twin brother, Liam, has been her best friend her whole life. But when he starts dating, Olivia is left feeling alone, so she tries to drive away Liam's girlfriends in an effort to get her best friend back.

But she meets her match in Zoey, Liam's latest fling. A call-it-like-she-sees-it kind of girl, Zoey sees right through Olivia's tricks. What starts as verbal sparring between the two changes into something different, however, as they share their deepest insecurities and learn they have a lot in common. Olivia falls for Zoey, believing her brother could never get serious with her. But when Liam confesses that he's in love with Zoey, Olivia has to decide who deserves happiness more: her brother or herself?
Um, I honestly don't know where to start with this one. I've previously read, reviewed, and enjoyed Amanda Grace's The Truth About You and Me, and I usually enjoy books that address teen LGBT issues, so I thought this was right up my alley. I wanted to like it so much, but I was left confused and disappointed.

My main concern was with how fast relationships were formed. Olivia and Zoey's relationship is initially so full of animosity that when they make the change into "more than friends" it seems so sudden and unrealistic that I actually went back and re-read a couple of pages just to see if I missed something. I never actually figured out what happened. Zoey and Liam's relationship was so one dimensional that I never got the feeling that Zoey liked him at all. They rarely ever kissed or even hung out much after Zoey and Olivia got together, and it definitely didn't seem like Liam was "in love with" Zoey. He never noticed or became suspicious when Zoey and Olivia started hanging out together. The whole thing didn't feel realistic to me at all.

I found myself wondering through the entire novel if either Zoey or Olivia had ever been in a relationship with another girl before. The reader learns that answer really late in the novel, where it seems inserted in order to tie up loose ends. Maybe it's just me, but I expected the girls to grapple with the issue more. Occasionally, one of the girls wondered to herself  "what is this thing we have?" but they didn't seem concerned about whether their relationship made them gay or bisexual, which I found odd. Don't get me wrong. I would love if we lived in a society where labels didn't matter and therefore books could exist where relationships happen and aren't a big deal. . . but we don't. I was actually kind of disturbed by the fact that this book made it a non-issue. I want to read books where the main characters struggle because of their moral or ethical beliefs, or because external forces try to prevent them from acting the way they want, because that's reality. Zoey and Olivia may have hid their relationship from Liam, but they still had it way too easy.

The icing on the cake was the ending, which was also too convenient, too sudden, and too "happily ever after" for my taste. Over all, things moved way too fast and didn't feel realistic at all. I don't think teenage girls reading this book will relate to Zoey and Olivia's relationship, which is a shame, because we need more good books about LGBT teen relationships.




Feuds Blog Tour






By Avery Hastings
Published on September 2, 2014
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
Source: Publisher

In this breathless story of impossible love, perfection comes at a deadly cost.

For Davis Morrow, perfection is a daily reality. Like all Priors, Davis has spent her whole life primed to be smarter, stronger, and more graceful than the lowly Imperfects, or “Imps.” A fiercely ambitious ballerina, Davis is only a few weeks away from qualifying for the Olympiads and finally living up to her mother’s legacy when she meets Cole, a mysterious boy who leaves her with more questions each time he disappears.

Davis has no idea that Cole has his own agenda, or that he’s a rising star in the FEUDS, an underground fighting ring where Priors gamble on Imps. Cole has every reason to hate Davis—her father’s campaign hinges on the total segregation of the Imps and Priors—but despite his best efforts, Cole finds himself as drawn to Davis as she is to him.

Then Narxis, a deadly virus, takes its hold--and Davis’s friends start dying. When the Priors refuse to acknowledge the epidemic, Davis has no one to turn to but Cole. Falling in love was never part of their plan, but their love may be the only thing that can save her world...in Avery Hastings's Feuds.



I didn't think I would like this book as much as I did.  I expected a typical dystopian that has the same storyline as every other book.  Although I did enjoy this book- there were elements that were familiar (but lets be honest, that is a common occurrence in books).  I don't think those similarities took away from the story at all though.

I enjoyed the relationship between Davis and Cole, and although things seem to get heavy quickly- Davis realizes that perhaps this is a stupid idea.  I enjoyed reading the idea of a people who are so economically in the advantage are actually at a disadvantage and they don't even realize it.

It was interesting reading about people who have become so advanced in technology that they are able to make themselves better.  Then those people are the same ones who have a virus that can kill them easily.  It was an interesting look at how nature is kept in check and the balance of life and death.

Feuds was a good book  and a solid start to a new dystopian series.

Visit author Avery Hastings' Wattpad page for exclusive bonus content, including deleted scenes!




Avery Hastings is an author and former book editor from New York City. Avery grew up in Ohio, graduated in 2006 from the University of Notre Dame and earned her MFA from the New School in 2008. When she's not reading or writing, Avery can usually be spotted lying around in the park with her affable dog. Like her protagonists, she knows how to throw a powerful right hook and once dreamed of becoming a ballerina. In addition to New York, Avery has recently lived in Mumbai and Paris, but is happy to call Brooklyn home (for now).


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Call Me Grim by Elizabeth Holloway- Blog Tour Review (by Jaime!) and Giveaway!


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By Elizabeth Holloway
Published on September 9, 2014
Published by Month9Books, LLC.


The truck should have turned Libbi Piper into a Libbi Pancake -- and it would have, too, if Aaron hadn't shown up and saved her life. The problem? Aaron's the local Grim Reaper... and he only saved Libbi's life because he needs someone to take over his job. Now, Libbi has two days to choose between dying like she was supposed to, or living a lonely life as Death Incarnate. Talk about a rock and a hard place.

And the choice goes from hard to sucktastic when her best friend shows up marked: condemned as a future murderer. Libbi could have an extra week to stop the murder and fix the mark... but only if she accepts Aaron's job as Reaper, trapping herself in her crappy town forever, invisible and inaudible to everyone except the newly dead. But, if she refuses? Her best friend is headed straight for Hell.



Review

I haven't really read a ton of books about Reapers, but I tend to enjoy the ones that I do read immensely. Call Me Grim is no exception. I truly enjoyed this story, and the lore of the Reapers was original and intriguing.
Libbi is an artist who has just won her first blue ribbon in a major art competition. While standing at her painting, admiring the beautiful blue ribbon, she meets this guy who seems a little.... strange. Her mom shows up to see her prize, and to take her and her brother home and Libbi doesn't consider the strange boy much more. Until the next day in class when he shows up outside of her classroom door. It appears that Libbi has a stalker. On the way home from school, she is trying to get away from him when he saves her from being a Libbi-Pancake. From there, things get really, really weird. Her life is about to change, and it will never be the same again.
Aaron, the grim reaper and Libbi-Pancake prevention, offers Libbi a job. His job as the local Grim Reaper. She has two days to accept or she dies. On top of that, one of her best friends has been marked. A choice has to be made, and for Libbi there is only one choice she can make.
This is a fun, fast-paced story with a great Reaper history, and very cool Reaper abilities. The story is kind of dark, with some pretty emotional and disturbing scenes, but there are definitely some lighthearted, humorous parts, too. Elizabeth Holloway strikes a great balance in the book. Her characters are all well-written with distinct personalities. I enjoyed reading from Libbi's perspective. She has a very tough choice on her hands, and the emotional turmoil she goes through is palpable. She is strong but also human, and makes mistakes. Aaron is a broken boy, with a good heart. He is a great teacher, and very tolerant of Libbi. His story is a rough one, and the pain he has lived with for so long comes across very well. The secondary characters are also very distinct individuals, and they all served a purpose to the story.
The romance is NOT INSTA-LOVE! The relationship evolves from mistrusting, almost hating to friendship and to a sweet romance between two characters who learn to lean on and care for one another. The ending of the story was a great set-up for book 2, and I am very much looking forward to getting my hands on.



About the Author

   Elizabeth Holloway is a registered nurse living in Southern Pennsylvania with her two teen children, Bam-bam the dog, and Tinkerbell the cat. CALL ME  GRIM is her first novel.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads


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Amanda thinks Becoming Audrey Hepburn would look good on TV

By Mitchell Kriegman
Published on September 16, 2014
Published by St Martin's Griffin
Source: Publisher
In Being Audrey Hepburn, Clarissa Explains It All-creator, Mitchell Kriegman, tells the story of a 19-year-old girl from Jersey who finds herself thrust into the world of socialites after being seen in Audrey Hepburn’s dress from the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s.Lisbeth comes from a broken home in the land of tube tops, heavy eyeliner, frosted lip-gloss, juiceheads, hoop earrings and “the shore.” She has a circle of friends who have dedicated their teenage lives to relieve the world of all its alcohol one drink at a time.

Obsessed with everything Audrey Hepburn, Lisbeth is transformed when she secretly tries on Audrey’s iconic Givenchy. She becomes who she wants to be by pretending to be somebody she’s not and living among the young and privileged Manhattan elite. Soon she’s faced with choices that she would never imagine making – between who she’s become and who she once was.

In the tradition of The Nanny Diaries and The Devil Wears Prada, this is a coming of age story that all begins with that little black dress…


Whoever wrote the summary above is absolutely right.  This book reads like a combination of The Nanny Diaries and The Devil Wears Prada.  It was a fun read  that was so visual I could see it happening in my mind.

If you are not a fan of fashion, this may not be a book for you.  This is a book that describes each outfit that Lisbeth wears in a loving fashion.  It gives us each detail and accessory that Lisbeth wears and even gives us a bit of history with the designers.  This is a book for fashionistas absolutely.

Though I am knowledgeable about fashion, to be honest, I don't really care.  I did enjoy the excitement the characters gave about fashion though- you could honestly tell the characters, and perhaps even the author genuinely cared about the subject.

This book was never really about the romance, although it is in there- it centers on Lisbeth's needs to be who she isn't and live how "the other side" lives.  It was an incredibly interesting look.  The characters seemed a little stereotyped (though never living on "the other side... aka rich" I don't really know how they act for real.) I do know, though, that this book would translate beautifully to tv and would be an interesting show to fill the Gossip Girl hole that is evident on TV.

This was a fun book, that I enjoyed reading, but I can't say it is one I will read over and over again.  I do hope, though that they put this on tv- I would enjoy reading it.




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