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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Review by Hillary: On the Fence by Kasie West


TITLE: On The Fence
AUTHOR: Kasie West
PUBLISHER: HarperTeen
GENRE: YA > Contemporary > Romance
PAPERBACK > 293 pages
RELEASED: July 1st 2014


For sixteen-year-old Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, being raised by a single dad and three older brothers has its perks. She can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows—including her longtime neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn’t know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at a chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world of makeup, lacy skirts, and BeDazzlers. Even stranger, she’s spending time with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game.

To cope with the stress of faking her way through this new reality, Charlie seeks late-night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with Braden by the fence that separates them. But their Fence Chats can’t solve Charlie’s biggest problem: she’s falling for Braden. Hard. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.



The Why: When I first heard about On The Fence, what really caught my attention was the synopsis for the story. The cover was great too, but it wasn't something new or different. Instead my attention was quickly grabbed by the main character and her personality or more specifically, her being a tomboy. I know for sure I've never read a contemporary about a teenage girl being surrounded by so many guys and being one of them too while having a major crush on the boy next door—literally. This book sounded so irresistible and I knew I had to read it as soon as possible!
The What: From chapter one, I was fully absorbed in Charlie's world and the differences Kasie West put into her as a character. All of the trials and errors Charlie had to power through her life and be strong for made her seem so realistic; I was surprised she wasn't really real. Charlie has a great relationship with her father and three older brothers—Jerom, Nathan, and Gage—it was hard not to be emotionally invested in their interactions, including their plenty of funny moments. When Charlie went through one of the worst mistakes of her life and her father found out, creating challenges Charlie would have never thought of, the emotional roller coaster she went through from there on out was authentic to a T. Charlie starts out being stubborn and difficult, but ultimately she learns to accept this new part of her life that brings her closer to Braden—who always seemed like another brother to Charlie, but ends up being a greater part of her life. The romance in the story may have started out hesitant-like, to the point where there hardly was any romance, but once it started budding from a deeply rooted friendship, there was no going back for Charlie.
The Character(s): By the time I turned the last page to On The Fence, I was positive there was only two characters who won over my heart. It wasn't Charlie and Braden though, but Charlie and Gage who even Charlie admits is closest to her out of her three brothers. I just admired the way they were always pulling pranks on each other or together and were on the same team no matter what. Even when Gage managed to get a little disappointed at Charlie for not telling him everything like she always would, he couldn't stay mad at her for long and vice versa. When these two siblings were together, whether out on the field playing a sport or in their house daring each other to do weird things, they were definitely a force to be reckoned with.
The Scene(s): My favorite scene in On The Fence was when Charlie goes on a double date. Braden is also part of that scene, but not as Charlie's date and the tension between the two is horrible and entertaining all in one. It's horrible that Braden has to see Charlie acting nothing like her true self and at the same time entertaining that Charlie has to avoid Braden towards the end of that date or she feels like she'll explode from seeing him with someone other than herself. Plus, Braden almost makes her trip; on purpose. This scene really helped me as a reader to see that even when Charlie tries to invest her time in another guy, it's impossible for her to be happy about it when Braden is right next to her enjoying his time with another girl. It also showcases some of the insecurities Charlie admits throughout the story that she has to learn to deal with and accept. Whether she learns on her own or not is a whole other story readers have to find out for themselves.
I knew why I cared. Why this mattered so much. Why his opinion was the only thing that mattered. I was more than just crushing on him. I loved Braden. (231)
On The Fence by Kasie West was a unique, one-of-a-kind, and enjoyable story about a teenage girl struggling to feel comfortable in her own skin. I’m sure many of us have felt the same at some point in our lives and being able to read that through a character that had to learn to accept herself, flaws and all, was something I truly enjoyed from this story. The first-third of the book did start out slow, focusing more on Charlie’s family and some of the struggles she had to deal with, but eventually the plot began to expand and focus more on the fun stuff. On The Fence was definitely a great summer read and fans of Kasie West’s other books and contemporary romances should definitely give this book a try! I think you’ll love this new world that Kasie created through Charlie’s eyes that teaches readers to love ourselves for who we are; even if we change a little in the process.

 Totally Awesome! I loved it, would read again.


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Cover Reveal: Hurricane Butterfly by MeChelle Vermeulen


Today I'm helping Xpresso Book Tours and author MeChelle Vermeulen reveal the brand new cover for her book Hurricane Butterfly. I personally adore the cover! It's so unique and the colors/design is very elegant. Okay Creations did such a great job of capturing the title/theme of the book. So without further ado...




 Hurricane Butterfly 

Hurricane Butterfly by MeChelle Vermeulen 
Publication Date: December 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance

Twenty-year-old Sophie Blake, is trying her best to get her life back after a horrific dog attack ten months ago. However, this proves to be more difficult than she anticipated. With the help of her best friend Ben Slone, it seems as if she’s making progress, but the truth is that she can feel herself sinking deeper into a black hole…until a tall dark stranger comes knocking, looking for Ben.

Joshua Roxwell has been drowning his demons with Whiskey and woman in an attempt to deal with his guilt after the tragic death of his sister. When he finds an envelope addressed to Ben Slone, written by his sister before her death, he decides to track him down. Instead of resolving their differences, he meets the one girl who silences his demons…but redemption comes at a price.

This is a story of heartache, friendship and love, with a wicked twist…


About The Author: MeChelle Vermeulen
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MeChelle Vermeulen is the author of the soon to be released new adult novel Hurricane Butterfly. She daydreams about ideas for her next book. Bakes treats that's no good for the hips. She loves thunderstorms, rainy days, sweet tea and spending time with her wonderful hubby and two boys.


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Friday, October 17, 2014

3rd Annual Wonderfully Wicked Read-a-Thon: Goals & Updates!

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Hi everyone!
Welcome to the 3rd Annual  Wonderfully Wicked Read-a-Thon! For the past 2 years I've participated in this Halloween read-a-thon hosted by April & Kat @ My Shelf Confessions and had a blast doing so. Once again I will be joining but this time my wonderful reviewer Hillary will be too. This is Hillary's first time doing a readathon so please join me in welcoming her. 

On this post both Hillary and I will be sharing what books we will be reading, our goals, and daily updates.  We will also will be using our twitter accounts Beckie @SyCo4Twilight & Hillary @BookOwl93 to post more in depth updates as well as chatting with other read-a-thon participants.

Sign ups for the read-a-thon are still open. Use the link below to join. 

Runs October 17th-27th 2014
Sign up: HERE 
Twitter hashtag: #WWReadathon


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Time Devoted to Reading
  • I will be reading from September 17th-27th
Goals:
  • Read at least 4 books.
  • Do mini-challenges.
  • READ MORE, GET DISTRACTED LESS! 
  • Meets new people, make friends but most of all have fun!
  • Be more proactive with posting daily updates on the blog, twitter and leaving comments on other read-a-thon participants blogs.
Books I will be reading - 
 - Note: All books below I will be trying to read or want to read.  My book choices may change thus a update will be supplied.

1. Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick
2. Selection Stories: The Price & The Guard - finished
3. Amity by Micol Ostow
4. Sweet Unrest by Lisa Maxwell (on my Kindle) Reading now




Day One Updates: October 17th 2014
Number of books read today: 0
Total Pages Read today: 100
Mini Challenges Completed Today: 0
Number of books read in Total: 0

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Number of books read today: 1
Total Pages Read today: 227
Mini Challenges Completed Today: 0
Number of books read in Total: 1

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Goals:
* Read at least 3 books.
* Try to write reviews for books I finish.
* BALANCE out reading and outside activities EQUALLY!
* Meet people, make friends, and have FUN! :D
* Send updates to Beckie ASAP! (Or I’ll get distracted) Share updates on twitter too and comment on other read-a-thon participant blogs.
Books I’ll be reading:
1. Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn
2. Panic by Lauren Oliver
3. The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings




Day One Updates: October 17th 2014
Number of books read today: 0
Total Pages Read today: 123
Mini Challenges Completed Today: 0
Number of books read in Total: 0

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