Wednesday, May 29, 2013

BEA 2013

I'm so excited to be attending BEA again this year! I will be there with Spencer Hill Press, so if you are attending, make sure to stop by booth #2567 and say hi. Also check out the list below of the amazing authors from Spencer Hill Press that will be attending and signing their books.
 
If you are interested in following along on my BEA adventures, I will be posting updates and pictures from events on my twitter, @thereadinggeek. Hope to meet some of you all there! :)


Spencer Hill Press Schedule:

Thursday:
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM: BREAKING GLASS by Lisa Amowitz and EXTRACTED by Sherry D. Ficklin & Tyler H. Jolley
 
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: THE DOLLHOUSE ASYLUM by Mary Gray (with cover designer, Jeremy West)
 
1:30 PM: Cover reveal for SING SWEET NIGHTINGALE by Erica Cameron
 
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM: COPPER GIRL by Jennifer Allis Provost
 
Friday
9:30-10:30 AM: STALKED BY DEATH by Kelly Hashway
 
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: WHISPER FALLS by Elizabeth Langston & TRIANGLES by Kimberly Miller
 
12:30 – 1:30 PM: DEATH & MR. RIGHT by Kendra L. Saunders
 
2:00-3:00 PM: JLA at the Autograph Table 5
 
3:30 – 4:30 PM: Meet Spencer Hill Contemporary 2013
(We will be signing printed copies of CAMP KISS by JK Rock, posters of RECLAIMED by Sarah Guillory and swag for FRIGID by NYT best-selling author Jennifer L. Armentrout writing as J. Lynn) A few lucky winners could win copies of CAMP BOYFRIEND and RECLAIMED.

Saturday
9:30 - 10:30 AM: PODS by Michelle Pickett and PERFECTION by JL Spelbring
 
11:00AM – 12:00 PM: SWAMP ANGEL by Colleen Boyd and AWOKEN by Timothy Miller
 
12:30 – 1:30 PM: CALL OF THE JERSEY DEVIL by Aurelio Voltaire
 
 

Waiting on Wednesday #103: The Dream Thieves


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.



The Dream Thieves (Raven Cycle #2)
By: Maggie Stiefvater
Release Date: September 13, 2013

"Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after..." (Summary from goodreads.com)

I loved the Raven Boys and it was one of my favorite books of 2012 so I'm dying to reading the sequel!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Obsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Obsession
By: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Released: May 31, 2013
Source: Won E-ARC
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*Note this is an Adult book
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review 

"He’s arrogant, domineering, and... To. Die. For. Hunter is a ruthless killer. And the Department of Defense has him firmly in their grasp, which usually doesn’t chafe too badly because he gets to kill bad guys. Most of the time he enjoys his job. That is, until he’s saddled with something he’s never had to do before: protect a human from his mortal enemy. Serena Cross didn’t believe her best friend when she claimed to have seen the son of a powerful senator turn into something... unnatural. Who would? But then she witnesses her friend’s murder at the hands of what can only be an alien, thrusting her into a world that will kill to protect their secret. Hunter stirs Serena’s temper and her lust despite their differences. Soon he’s doing the unthinkable—breaking the rules he’s lived by, going against the government to keep Serena safe. But are the aliens and the government the biggest threats to Serena’s life…or is it Hunter?" (Summary from goodreads.com)

I loved Obsession! I stayed up so late to read this book, but the lack of sleep the next day was worth it.

Serena doesn't believe her best friend when she tries to tell her that the senator's son isn't human. That all changes though when she sees her best friend murdered. Serena's life quickly gets put in danger because of what she knows. Serena was a great character. She is thrown into an insane situation that she could have never imagined. She's strong though and I admire how she wants to do the right thing. She stands up for what she believes is right. Serena also doesn't like to be bossed around and told what to do.

Then there is Hunter, who is an Arum and sent to protect Serena. Now after reading the Obsidian series, if you ever told me I would love an Arum, I would never believe it. That was before I read all about Hunter though. He is arrogant and bossy, but I couldn't help but love him. He was just a great and developed character. 

I loved this plot and how the story developed! It started off instantly in the first chapter and held my attention until the very last page. There is a lot of action and a hot romance. The action scenes were so exciting and kept me on the edge of my seat. Then there was the undeniable chemistry between Serena and Hunter.

I just loved getting to read this world Armentrout has created in an entirely different point of view. First it's an adult novel, so it's got much more mature content. However, it also completely takes what the Obsidian series explained about the Luxen and Arum to a whole new level. It was great to learn more about the Arum and how they view the Luxen. However, what's also great though is that you don't need to read the Obsidian series before picking this one up because everything is explained so well.

I loved that this story was told in Serena and Hunter's point of views too. I just loved getting both of their views on the situations that were occurring. Armentrout really does it again with another fantastic book that I already can't wait to read again.

Overall, Obsession was an exciting story that gave the reader a whole different perspective on the Arum and Luxen. I strongly recommend picking up Obsession to mature readers!       

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Monday, May 27, 2013

Dare You To by Katie McGarry

Dare You To (Pushing the Limits #2)
By: Katie McGarry
Released: May 28, 2013
Source: Netgalley
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review 

"If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk's home life, they'd send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom's freedom and her own happiness. That's how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn't want her and going to a school that doesn't understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn't get her, but does.... Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can't tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn't be less interested in him. But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all...." (Summary from goodreads.com)

It's no secret that Pushing the Limits was one of my favorite books of last year. Therefore, Dare You To has been one of my most anticipated books of this year and it was even better than my high expectations.

Beth will do anything for her mom and hides the truth about what her home life is really like. However, she soon finds herself being forced into a new town with her uncle. She doesn't exactly fit in her new town and she isn't giving up on trying to help her mom. Beth was an excellent and developed protagonist. She was one of my favorite characters in Pushing the Limits so I was excited to read a whole book with her perspective. She broke my heart as I learned about her past, but I also admire her for surviving so much. She would do anything for her mother and even though it isn't in her own best personal interest, I understand why she would do it anyway. I loved her personality from the first moment she appeared on the pages. She is tough to put it lightly, but there is also a vulnerability to her.

Then there is Ryan, the baseball player with his own issues at home. He asks out Beth on a dare, but it eventually turns into much more than a dare. Ryan was a great and developed protagonist too. There is so much expected of him, but he isn't perfect. He's beginning to really question what he actually wants for his future. I was also so excited to see some more of Isaiah, Noah, and Echo again. There were some great new characters introduced in this book as well though. 

The plot flowed so well from the beginning to end. I read this book in one day because I just couldn't put it down. There was a great blend of romance and drama. I admit I cried a bit while reading this one too. I especially enjoyed how the whole story of Beth's past was slowly revealed throughout the book.

The alternate point of views worked great. I loved getting both Beth and Ryan's perspectives. I think without getting Ryan's perspective I probably wouldn't have loved his character as much as I did. I can't wait for the next book in this series. Overall, I strongly recommend Dare You To, it's an emotional and beautiful story. I also strongly recommend Pushing the Limits if you have not read it yet. If you are going to read one contemporary series this year, this series is definitely it!
     

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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Imaginable by J. Meyers

Imaginable (Intangible #2)
By: J. Meyers
Released: April 16, 2013
Source: E-book from Author
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review 

"Twins Sera and Luke Raine’s unusual abilities are growing. Sera is healing vampires now, making them human again. And, at times, Luke can actually change the future he Sees. But Sera’s healing has dangerous consequences, and though Luke is altering the outcome of more visions, he can’t control them yet. Now Sera is in danger as the dark creatures of the Realm seek to use her. As Luke struggles to master his gift in order to save his sister, he discovers even more about his powers. And what he learns just may put him in greater danger than Sera has ever been" (Summary from goodreads.com)

Imaginable is a great sequel to Intangible. I think I even enjoyed this one more than I enjoyed Intangible. It was a quick read and I finished this book in one sitting.

Sera went from having the ability to heal with a touch and now she can turn vampires into humans again. Her twin Luke went from having the ability to see the future to now being able to change that future. However, Sera and Luke can't completely control their new abilities yet and Sera's healing has consequences for the vampires. I really love how these characters are continuing to develop. Not only are their abilities developing, but they are developing themselves too. I especially love the relationship between Sera and Luke. I'm a big fan of books with a good sibling relationship and it's one of the reasons why I liked the first book so much. 

I was really excited to see the return of some characters from the first book also. I was especially happy to see Fey again because I really wanted to read more about Fey after the first book. She has become a bit of a favorite character of mine.

Chapter one immediately hooked me in and I enjoyed getting back into this world with these characters. The plot develops really well and I love where Meyers took this story next. Another reason why I really like this series so much is because of the world that Meyers created.

Overall Imaginable was an exciting and well developed sequel. The writing itself especially flowed much more smoothly in this book. This series just keeps getting better and better. I definitely recommend it to any fans of paranormal books.


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Friday, May 24, 2013

Follow My Blog With Bloglovin

Hi lovely followers,
 
With all the news of GFC going away, I have added another way to follow The Reading Geek. So far I'm really liking Bloglovin and find it to be really organized. I have included the link below if you would like to use Bloglovin. Thank You! :)

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #102: Racing Savannah


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

Racing Savannah (Hundred Oaks #4)
By: Miranda Kenneally
Release Date: December 3, 2013

"Author of Catching Jordan, Miranda Kenneally’s Racing Savannah, about an underprivileged girl training to be a jockey while working in the barn at a high-stakes horse farm whose on-again, off-again relationship with the owner’s son has an upstairs/downstairs effect on race day. Note: Pitched as Downton Abbey in the South to Leah Hultenschmidt at Sourcebooks Fire, in a three-book deal, for publication in 2013, by Sara Megibow at Nelson Literary Agency (world)." (Summary from goodreads.com)

I love this series and can't to read the next story!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Blog Tour: True by Erin McCarthy

True
By: Erin McCarthy
Released: May 7, 2013
Source: Netgalley
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*Note this is a New Adult book
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review 

"When Rory Macintosh’s roommates find out that their studious and shy friend has never been with a guy, they decide that, as an act of kindness they’ll help her lose her virginity by hiring confident, tattooed bad boy Tyler Mann to do the job…unbeknownst to Rory. Tyler knows he’s not good enough for Rory. She’s smart, doctor smart, while he’s barely scraping by at his EMT program, hoping to pull his younger brothers out of the hell their druggy mother has left them in. But he can’t resist taking up her roommates on an opportunity to get to know her better. There’s something about her honesty that keeps him coming back when he knows he shouldn’t...Torn between common sense and desire, the two find themselves caught up in a passionate relationship. But when Tyler’s broken family threatens to destroy his future, and hers, Rory will need to decide whether to cut her ties to his risky world or follow her heart, no matter what the cost…" (Summary from goodreads.com)

True was a captivating and quick read for me. Once I started reading, I couldn't put this book down because I instantly became so invested in the characters.

Rory was an interesting protagonist. Her friends set her up with Tyler for a one night stand. However, Tyler and Rory have trouble resisting each other. I wasn't always crazy about the choices that Rory makes. However, I liked that Rory fought for what she wanted at times. She surprised me a bit because she went after what she wanted. I didn't like her roommates all that much and I still think it was really low of them to pay a guy to sleep with their friend.

Tyler doesn't think he is good enough for Rory because of his past and his family though. I really liked Tyler and I admired how he cared for his family. I also thought the relationship between Rory and Tyler developed well. The passion and chemistry was definitely there and these two characters were believable.

The plot moved along at a great pace. I enjoyed how it developed and there were a couple of twists that I didn't expect the story to take. Some aspects were definitely predictable, but there were still moments that surprised me. I also loved the references to A Streetcar Named Desire because that's one of my favorite plays. Overall I just really enjoyed True. It was a story filled with sweet, funny, sad, and heartbreaking moments.

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Guest Post:
Erin McCarthy, author of the New Adult novel True, talks about the inspiration behind her new novel and why she connected with a college-aged heroine.

 

What was the inspiration behind the novel?
I wanted to write about a heroine who isn’t confident or ‘kick-ass.’ Just a girl that while smart and confident in her future, craves the attention of a guy like every girl does at one point or another. I wanted it to be honest and messy, a real peek into college life. 

You convey such an accurate portrayal of college life for most girls. Was your college experience reflected in some of Rory’s adventures?
I would say that definitely my college experiences were drawn upon for the setting, though none of the specific incidents actually happened. I did have two roommates and I did have a couple of serious boyfriends my freshman year in college, and we were all dealing with these super intense feelings, and the freedom of being away from home. Between my roommates and my three other best girl friends, we always had drama going on, from bad dates to back-stabbing to beer bongs gone wrong. It was an exhilarating time and it was terrifying. What if we screwed up in a way we couldn’t undo? I think that was the fear we all had—that there was no pass because we were almost adults now. So I wanted to convey that precipice.

 

Erin McCarthy is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than 40 novels and novellas in the paranormal, contemporary romance, and young adult genres. The author is a RITA award finalist and an American Library Association winner of the Reluctant Young Reader award. She lives with her family in Ohio.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Touching the Surface by Kimberly Sabatini

Touching the Surface
By: Kimberly Sabatini
Released: October 30, 2012
Source: Author
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review 

"When Elliot finds herself dead for the third time, she knows she must have messed up, big-time. She doesn’t remember how she landed in the afterlife again, but she knows this is her last chance to get things right. Elliot just wants to move on, but first she will be forced to face her past and delve into the painful memories she’d rather keep buried. Memories of people she’s hurt, people she’s betrayed…and people she’s killed. As she pieces together the secrets and mistakes of her past, Elliot must find a way to earn the forgiveness of the person she’s hurt most, and reveal the truth about herself to the two boys she loves…even if it means losing them both forever" (Summary from goodreads.com)

I always love when I find a book that is completely different from the other Young Adult books that I have been reading lately and Touching the Surface was just that kind of book. It was a beautifully written and refreshing story.

Elliot is dead for the third time and she has no idea how it happened. All she knows is that she did something bad and she is forced to face the memories before moving on. Elliot was a strongly developed character. She's just simply realistic. She's made some huge mistakes and she has to face them now if she wants to move forward. It was really interesting to learn about her previous lives too. There were also several other fantastic characters in this book, but I especially liked Oliver and Trevor as well.  

I was able to jump right into this story from the first page. The plot was developed strongly. I loved how Sabatini told the story and how Elliot delves into her memories throughout the book. There is a bit of a mystery at first regarding how she died again and it continues to develop on from there as she delves into more of the memories. The story just really flowed well and it wasn't always predictable. I found myself actually wanting to take my time reading this book slowly rather than just reading it in one sitting. It could also be a heavy read at some moments too though. 

I loved the setting of Obmil and Sabatini's version of life after death was so interesting. It was all presented just really clearly to the reader. Sabatini truly makes an excellent debut and I will definitely be reading what she writes next. Overall, I just really enjoyed Touching the Surface and meeting these characters. This will be a story that will stick with me.. I strongly recommend Touching the Surface to anyone looking for a Young Adult novel that is different. 

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #101: Isla and the Happily Ever After


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

Isla and the Happily Ever After
By: Stephanie Perkins
Release Date: September 2013

"From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever. Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new" (Summary from goodreads.com)

I'm dying to read Isla and the Happily Ever After! This is one of my absolute top favorite series and have read Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door several times. I must say that I'm actually a big fan of the new covers.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins

Sweet Peril (The Sweet Trilogy #2)
By: Wendy Higgins
Released: April 30, 2013
Source: Purchased
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"Anna Whitt, the daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a vow. She’d been naive about a lot of things.  Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind. When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?" (Summary from goodreads.com)

Sweet Evil is one of my favorite books, so I've been highly anticipating the release of Sweet Peril for the past year and it was definitely even better than I expected. I read this book in one sitting because I just couldn't put it down. I just needed to know what would happen next to these characters that I have grown so attached to with the first book.

Anna has changed a lot since the previous book. If she wants to live, she has to do what the demons and Dukes want. However, she is also beginning to travel and gather the support of other Nephilim around the world after receiving a message. Anna has developed so much since the last book and she continues to do so in this book. She is just a great protagonist and she is believable. She is far from being perfect and she does what she must do in order to survive.

Then there is Kaiden. If I have one complaint about this book, it would be that there wasn't enough Kaiden. I just absolutely adore him though so that may just be me wishing that I could have a whole book with just Kaiden. He really develops a lot more in this book too though and I started to see more of a different side to him. I was also happy to see the return of characters like Blake, Kopano, Marna, and Ginger.

The plot was great and I loved that it spanned over a year. I just love the direction that Wiggins took this story next because it's interesting and not what I was expecting. I especially loved going to new places and traveling with Anna. It was great to go to new settings and meet new characters.

One of my favorite aspects of this series is the mythology of the demons and Nephilim. It's interesting and explained really well, so I really enjoyed learning even more. Higgins created such a fascinating world with Sweet Evil and she really expands it more with this book. I can't wait to read the next book in this series! While I wait though I will definitely be rereading this series again and again. I strongly recommend Sweet Peril, it's a fantastic sequel that will not disappoint!


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Thursday, May 9, 2013

How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True by Sarah Strohmeyer

How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True
By: Sarah Strohmeyer
Released: April 23, 2013
Source: Edelweiss
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review 

"When cousins Zoe and Jess land summer internships at the Fairyland Kingdom theme park, they are sure they've hit the jackpot. With perks like hot Abercrombie-like Prince Charmings and a chance to win the coveted $25,000 Dream & Do grant, what more could a girl want? Once Zoe arrives, however, she's assigned to serve "The Queen"-Fairyland's boss from hell. From spoon-feeding her evil lapdog caviar, to fetching midnight sleeping tonics, Zoe fears she might not have what it takes to survive the summer, much less win the money. Soon backstabbing interns, a runaway Cinderella, and cutthroat competition make Zoe's job more like a nightmare than a fairy tale. What will happen when Zoe is forced to choose between serving The Queen and saving the prince of her dreams?" (Summary from goodreads.com)

I really enjoyed How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True. This book was a fun and hilarious read. I read this in one day because it was difficult to put it down.

Zoe and Jess are working in a theme park for the summer with the chance to win a grant. Zoe is assigned to be the assistant to the boss of the theme park though. Zoe gets assigned insane tasks by her boss though and her internship is nothing like she expected. Zoe was a fantastic and realistic protagonist. She puts up with the crazy tasks that "The Queen" gives her. I especially loved the relationship she had with her cousin Jess. She would do anything for her cousin. There were also plenty of other great and fun characters that I loved getting to know.

The plot was great and had a good twist that I wasn't entirely expecting. There was a good mix of drama, humor, and a bit of romance. I became a fan of Strohmeyer after reading Smart Girls Get What They Want last year and this book just made me a bigger fan. I just love her writing style, it flows great.

I especially just loved the humor of this book. The setting in the theme park and the character of "the Queen" was great. I loved all the rules and how they censored "the mouse" out of everything for "the Queen." It's what I imagine working in a theme park would be like. I can't wait to read what Strohmeyer writes next. Overall, I recommend How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True, it's a fun and quick read.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #100: The Chaos of Stars


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

The Chaos of Stars
By: Kiersten White
Release Date: September 10, 2013

"Isadora’s family is seriously screwed up. Of course, as the human daughter of Egyptian gods, that pretty much comes with the territory. She’s also stuck with parents who barely notice her, and a house full of relatives who can’t be bothered to remember her name. After all, they are going to be around forever—and she’s a mere mortal. Isadora’s sick of living a life where she’s only worthy of a passing glance, and when she has the chance to move to San Diego with her brother, she jumps on it. But Isadora’s quickly finding that a “normal” life comes with plenty of its own epic complications—and that there’s no such thing as a clean break when it comes to family. Much as she wants to leave her past behind, she can’t shake the ominous dreams that foretell destruction for her entire family. When it turns out there may be truth in her nightmares, Isadora has to decide whether she can abandon her divine heritage after all" (Summary from goodreads.com)

The Chaos of Stars sounds great and I'm a big fan of Kiersten White.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Tour Review: Game. Set. Match. by Jennifer Iacopelli


Game. Set. Match.
By: Jennifer Iacopelli
Released: May 1, 2013
Source: E-book from Author
Purchase the Book: Amazon  B&N
*A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review 

"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" (Summary from goodreads.com)

I really enjoyed Game. Set. Match. and finished this in one sitting. I love tennis so I've been looking forward to this one ever since I first read the synopsis.

The story follows three tennis players, Penny, Jasmine, and Indy. Penny is one of the top rising tennis players and is focused on winning. Then Alex comes into the picture as her new training partner. It's immediately clear how dedicated she is to the game and how hard she works to be at her best. Penny became my favorite because I really related to her. She is so focused on her goal that she sometimes forgets to have fun. Then there is Jasmine who I wasn't a big fan of. She has a lot of pressure on her because her parents were once athletic stars. I do like how she develops though. All three girls really develop through the story, but I thought Jasmine was the character that developed and learned the most. Lastly there is Indy. Indy is the new girl who is receiving a lot of attention early. I liked Indy a lot because she honestly works hard too. She has been through a lot to get to where she is and she works hard. I also liked that she stands up for herself and doesn't hold back. While at the training academy, Indy meets Jack. Jack is Penny's older brother and agent and he quickly became another one of my favorite characters.   

There are a lot of characters in this book and they are introduced early. It got a bit confusing at first to keep each of the girls straight so I made little notes for myself. After a couple of chapters though the characters became much more distinct and it was easier to differentiate between them. I loved how the story was alternated between these three girls and how their lives intertwined. I especially enjoyed the friendship that developed between Penny and Indy.

The plot was really captivating and developed at a great pace. There was good mix of drama and some romance too. It never really got too predictable either. The setting at the academy was great and as I said earlier, I'm a big tennis fan so I really enjoyed reading about the matches. This book also made me want to go out and play a tennis match when I finished reading.  

Overall, I really enjoyed reading Game. Set. Match. and can't wait to read where Iacopelli takes these characters next. I definitely recommend checking this one out.


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Waiting on Wednesday #99: Unbreakable


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

Unbreakable
By: Kami Garcia
Release Date: October 1, 2013

 "I never believed in ghosts. Until one tried to kill me. When Kennedy Waters finds her mother dead, her world begins to unravel. She doesn’t know that paranormal forces in a much darker world are the ones pulling the strings. Not until identical twins Jared and Lukas Lockhart break into Kennedy’s room and destroy a dangerous spirit sent to kill her. The brothers reveal that her mother was part of an ancient secret society responsible for protecting the world from a vengeful demon — a society whose five members were all murdered on the same night. Now Kennedy has to take her mother’s place in the Legion if she wants to uncover the truth and stay alive. Along with new Legion members Priest and Alara, the teens race to find the only weapon that might be able to destroy the demon — battling the deadly spirits he controls every step of the way." (Summary from goodreads.com)
I'm so excited for this book because I'm a big fan of Beautiful Creatures so I'm looking forward to reading a new book by Kami Garcia. Unbreakable sounds really interesting.