7 thoughts on A Week of Mondays…

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Summary:

When I made the wish, I just wanted a do-over. Another chance to make things right. I never, in a million years, thought it might actually come true… 

Sixteen-year-old Ellison Sparks is having a serious case of the Mondays. She gets a ticket for running a red light, she manages to take the world’s worst school picture, she bombs softball try-outs and her class election speech (note to self: never trust a cheerleader when she swears there are no nuts in her bake-sale banana bread), and to top it all off, Tristan, her gorgeous rocker boyfriend suddenly dumps her. For no good reason!

As far as Mondays go, it doesn’t get much worse than this. And Ellie is positive that if she could just do it all over again, she would get it right. So when she wakes up the next morning to find she’s reliving the exact same day, she knows what she has to do: stop her boyfriend from breaking up with her. But it seems no matter how many do-overs she gets or how hard Ellie tries to repair her relationship, Tristan always seems bent set on ending it. Will Ellie ever figure out how to fix this broken day? Or will she be stuck in this nightmare of a Monday forever?

From the author 52 Reasons to Hate My Father and The Unremembered trilogy comes a hilarious and heartwarming story about second (and third and fourth and fifth) chances. Because sometimes it takes a whole week of Mondays to figure out what you really want.


 

  1. Don’t we all wish we could get a re-do and make Monday awesome from time to time? OF COURSE this bad day was on a Monday! I love Groundhog Day type stories that give do-overs.
  2. I really liked Ellie…granted, she SHOULD have followed her friend to book club ages ago, but I like her.
  3. The book is drags in spots. The first 3 or so Mondays before she finally catches on seem to be almost identical and got boring in spots. Granted, it wasn’t enough to give up, but it was enough to where I started hoping progress would be made.
  4. The last couple “days” moved fast and are where most of the development is. Those days ended up being my favorites for that reason.
  5. I loved Owen, but…I wish there’d been more to him. I knew what would happen with him from the get go, but I wish there’d been more development and getting to know him.
  6. I kind of found Tristan annoying. Not in a way that hurt the book, but in a way that made me hurt for Ellie because…girl, you could do better than this silly guy.
  7. The book is long. It over 450 pages and was way longer than I thought it needed to be, but it was good over all despite the length. It wasn’t too long that I lost interest, and  do still suggest it, but…it’s LONG. Maybe that’s just me and my short attention span though?

Overall? I liked it and definitely give it a try if you want something fun or if you like Groundhog Day type situations.

A Week of Mondays is out TODAY!

-Melanie

Release + Giveaway: Summerlost by Ally Condie

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Today I’m so excited to share the release of Summerlost!

Without further delay check out more on it from the author herself and keep reading for the giveaway link:


 

Dear Readers,

 

I think most of us have had our hearts broken. Sometimes we can see it coming, and sometimes it comes down with the unexpected force of a sudden gale of wind or a rising of waters that we thought were still and safe. Loss is universal to human experience, but the way we each feel and recover is one of the most personal things we do.

 

In Summerlost, Cedar is dealing with the loss of her father and younger brother. And my intent was to show how hard their deaths are for her. But this is also a book about the healing power of friendship. Most of us have been broken-hearted; I hope that most of us have also discovered the miracle of friendships that were just what we needed. Cedar and Leo’s friendship is based on someone I met when I was twelve. Like Leo, my friend was fun and liked to enlist me in crazy adventures (although we never gave a secret guided tour of our town the way they do in Summerlost). And, like Leo, he thought I was wonderful and of worth at a time when I needed it most.

 

SUMMERLOST is my attempt to pay tribute both to the pain we feel and the friendships that save us. Thank you so much for supporting this book, and for your willingness to give Cedar’s story a try. I hope it makes you think of a wonderful friend of your own, whether that is someone you met in the pages of a favorite book or outside, in the world where it is often hard and beautiful to live.

 

Best wishes and happy reading always,

Ally Condie


 

Huge thanks to Penguin Kids for this book. Go pay them a visit at their different sources:

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Giveaway:

Go HERE to enter to win a copy of SUMMERLOST!


Purchase Links:

Penguin Random House: http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/534589/summerlost-by-ally-condie/

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0399187197/ref=x_gr_w_bb?ie=UTF8&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399187197&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/summerlost-ally-condie/1122291979
Indiebound: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780399187193?aff=penguinrandom


And finally…

Go HERE to read an excerpt of the book!


Go check it out and I hope you enjoy!

-Melanie

Release day blitz: Starflight by Melissa Landers

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Hey there, booklovers!

 

I’m author Melissa Landers, and I’m thrilled to announce the release of STARFLIGHT, the first in a brand new sci-fi series from Disney-Hyperion. I originally pitched this story to my editor as “Overboard” (one of my favorite romantic comedies) meets “Firefly” (an amazing show that was tragically cancelled after one season). STARFLIGHT follows the misadventures of Solara Brooks, a penniless felon who indentures herself to her high school nemesis, Doran Spaulding, in exchange for passage to a new world. But when Doran’s memory is temporarily erased, Solara convinces him their roles are reversed—that she’s the master and he’s the servant—and leads him onto a renegade spaceship, where intergalactic shenanigans ensue. STARFLIGHT is very different in tone from the Alienated trilogy, but the story is still filled with all the things I love: humor, heart, and adventure.

 

What do reviewers have to say?

 

“Get ready for blast-off! Action-packed and utterly addictive, nobody writes like Melissa Landers. A smart, satisfying romance set in a vividly detailed world, Starflight was just plain fun!” –New York Times bestselling author Amie Kaufman

 

“Teens will be bracing themselves during the swashbuckling action scenes. A great choice for fans of raw sci-fi action, reminiscent of the lawlessness presented in the television series Firefly.” –School Library Journal

 

“A lively tale of romance, space pirates, conspiracy, and made (as opposed to genetic) families.” –Booklist

 

If you like your sci-fi adventure served with a side of romance, I hope you’ll pick up a copy of STARFLIGHT today. It’s now available in stores and online.

 

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1RUTRl2

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1MKVTwt

Book Depository (free international shipping): http://bit.ly/1OoN2WD

Indie Bound: http://bit.ly/1IIMPx7

 

To celebrate my book birthday, I’m offering one lucky winner a STARFLIGHT swag pack, complete with custom nail wraps, bookmarks, and a mini poster! The giveaway is open internationally. Due to sweepstakes laws, entrants must be 18 years or older to participate.

 

Best of luck, and happy reading!

Release day: F U Cancer by Hilaria Alexander

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Summary:

Lucy has always been a good girl. The most hardcore thing she’s done in her life was falling for a divorced man ten years her senior.
But he was the love of her life and she married him. When her Peter Pan of a husband decided to divorce her, she thought it was her chance to start anew. That was until she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Besides looking like Britney circa 2007, she is taking it well, real well. You might see her walk around the hospital during chemo sessions with bright colored wigs and outrageous t-shirts that seem to shock the most conservative employees. One of them reads F U CANCER.

My Thoughts:

As I’ve said before, I really enjoy Hilaria’s writing. However, I didn’t know what to think when I heard about this one. A romance where the main character has breast cancer? I wasn’t sure how it would work, but I ended up really enjoying it. Lucy seemed realistic and I loved how she faced her problems face first instead of wallowing in pain. This is entirely different from her first two romances, but I still liked it just the same.

Now in case that doesn’t tempt you, here’s an Excerpt from it 🙂

Excerpt:

I should have suspected something. Instead, when the doorbell rang, I opened the door without the slightest idea of what was waiting for me.

 

Beverly showed up on my doorstep along with the man I had tried to keep away all week.

 

“Shit,” I said. “What now?”

 

Brandon smiled, but looked sheepish, which made me worry. He was holding a bouquet of roses, and handed it to me without saying a word. I took it and thanked him, and when I locked eyes with his, I felt a million different feelings unleash inside of me.

 

He was giving me that hooded, cautious look. His eyes looked a deeper blue than usual. My eyes fell on his mouth and I realized how much I had missed his touch.

 

I wanted to jump into his arms, but there was still doubt in my heart and it was weighing the happy-go-lucky part of me down.

 

“Okay, so…as you might have guessed by now, you and I aren’t going anywhere,” Beverly spoke. “But you and Brandon are going on a little adventure–”

 

“What?” I turned to her snapping out of my Brandon-induced daydream.

 

“Yes! And you have to leave, like…right now. So, chop-chop!”

 

I looked at Brandon quizzically. “What do you have to say? Cat got your tongue?” I joked.

 

“I want you to come with me. I don’t want to have to persuade you. I’m also afraid I’m going to spill the beans and ruin the whole thing,” he said.

 

“You seem pretty good at keeping things to yourself,” I sneered.

 

“Alright! Easy, woman! Come on, time to go!” She came behind me and started pushing me towards Brandon’s car.

 

“Okay, okay!” I took my purse, locked the house and unwillingly walked to the car, all with the flowers in my arms. “Crap! I forgot about the flowers. I turned to Beverly. “You have the keys to my house, right? Would you mind putting them in a vase?”

 

“I’ll do it,” she replied.

 

“Thanks.”

 

“But first, there’s something else I have to do.” She exchanged a look with Brandon and I stared confused at the two of them.

 

She got a strip of black fabric out of her purse. What the hell was that?

 

“Turn around,” she commanded.

 

“What?”

 

“Turn around. I have to put this blindfold on you.”

 

“Seriously?” I gasped. How could these two people be those I used to think I trusted? “Am I not coming willingly?” I asked Brandon.

 

“This is her idea,” he replied, tilting his head in Beverly’s direction.

 

Of course. I should have known. Miss lover of kinky steamy romance novels.

 

“Well, it’s not necessary,” I argued.

 

“It totally is,” Beverly rebuffed. “It’s going to ruin the whole surprise. Wear the motherfucking blindfold or so help me God, Lucy.”

 

“Okay, okay.” Jeez. Who knew she could be such a Bossypants? “You’re making me reconsider our friendship, you know,” I told her.

 

“Lies,” she said, tying the knot behind my head. “All done!” she exclaimed and then pinched my butt.

 

“Ouch!”

 

“Awww, stop it, you sissy. Give me these.” She took the flowers from my arms. Brandon took my hand and just the feeling of his warm fingers around mine, made my heart jump a little. I exhaled.

 

“I promise you, this is going to be good,” he whispered in my ear. God, his voice sounded even sexier than I remembered.

 

He helped me in the car and put the seatbelt around me. His lips brushed against mine just for a second, and I gasped.

 

“I have to admit, I do like this blindfold,” he teased.

 

“Of course you do.”

 

“I almost forgot,” Beverly said. She took my hand and placed some lightweight object in my hand. It was shaped like a square and it was made of paper.

 

“What is it?”

 

“A CD mix. A little ‘sorry for blindfolding you, friend, have a great time on your mystery road trip’ playlist.”

 

“Road trip?” I asked.

 

“Oops, I said too much. Anyway, I’m sure you’re going to hate me a little less after you listen to it.”

 

“If you say so.”

 

“Have a fabulous night and don’t forget to tell your best friend she’s the best when you end up having a great time.”

 

“We’ll see about that,” I joked and smiled, but I wondered if she knew I was joking. I couldn’t see her and wasn’t sure if she was smiling.

 

“Bye, Lucy. I wuv you!”

 

“Wuv you too!”

 

She closed the door, and a moment later I heard Brandon’s door open and he sat in the passenger seat. He closed his door and started the car.

 

“Where are we going?” I asked him.

 

“You’ll see.”

 

“Well, at the moment, I can’t see anything.” He laughed. It was a warm, rich sound that eased up the nervousness and made me smile.

 

“I missed your smile,” he said. “I can’t believe you had the strength to stay away from me a whole week.”

 

“Eight days,” I corrected him.

 

“Were you going to keep giving me the cold shoulder if I hadn’t showed up at your door?”

 

“I don’t know.” I heard him exhale a deep breath and wondered if that hurt his feelings. It was easier to be indifferent to him when he wasn’t around. Now, in the small space of the car, my head swam in his scent, his words made my heartbeat speed up, and a warm and fuzzy feeling spread into my chest. The knots in my stomach dissolved and the words almost come rushing out of my mouth.

 

“I missed you too.”

 

“Good,” he said.

Release Day: Queen of Shadows!

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I am so excited that QUEEN OF SHADOWS by Sarah J. Maas releases today and that I get to share the news, along with an awesome giveaway!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful series by Sarah J. Maas, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a set of the first 3 books in the series (in paperback format). US only. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

Book Info:

Title: QUEEN OF SHADOWS

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Pub. Date: September 1, 2015

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Pages: 656

Find it: AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooksGoodreads

Sarah J. Maas’s New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series reaches new heights in this sweeping fourth volume.


Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

Read Chapters 1-5 of QUEEN OF SHADOWS HERE!

Giveaway!




1 winner will receive the first 3 books (in paperback) in the THRONE OF GLASS Series. US Only.

Ends on September 11th at Midnight EST!

Go HERE