Crossing the Ice by Jennifer Comeaux ~ BlogTour: #Audiobook #Review #Giveaway


Welcome to my stop on the Crossing the Ice Audiobook Blog Tour hosted by YA Bound Book Tours. Click here to follow along with the full tour schedule. 



Title: Crossing the Ice
Series: Ice #1
Author: Jennifer Comeaux
Publication date: August 3, 2014
Narrated by: Emily Stokes
Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins 
Source: Audiobook copy for review

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Synopsis

Falling hard never felt so good.

Pair skaters Courtney and Mark have one shot left at their Olympic dream. They vow not to let anything get in their way, especially not Josh and Stephanie, the wealthy and talented brother and sister team.

The heart doesn't always listen to reason, though...

The more time Courtney spends with sweet, shy Josh, the harder she falls for him. But they are on opposite sides of the competition, and their futures are headed in opposite directions. Will their friendship blossom into more or are their paths too different to cross? 


  

Crossing the Ice is a book I've been wanting to read for a while now, and so I jumped at the chance to review the audiobook. I don't have much experience with audiobooks - I borrowed one from the library quite a while ago and didn't like it. But listening to Crossing the Ice was a completely different experience and has made me a fan of audiobooks forever.

The narrator, Emily Stokes, has a pleasant voice, and it was easy to allow her to draw me into the story immediately. I'd listen to any book narrated by her. The only teeny tiny issue I had was the toddler voices. It was slightly jarring to me but didn't take away from my love for this book at all.

Crossing the Ice starts off rocky for Courtney and her skating partner, Mark. Things look bleak for them when they bomb in the free skate, and then they find out their coaches, Em and Sergei, will also be coaching their biggest rivals - Josh and his sister, Stephanie. It felt like a betrayal, and I'm still scratching my head over what the coaches were thinking with that decision.  

I couldn't tell you what Josh looks like. I have no idea what his hair or eye color is, how tall or short he is, or any of the physical descriptions authors use to help readers picture a character. The moment I heard the character's name was Josh, I pictured Josh Hutcherson (like perfectly pictured him) and nothing can change my mind about that. ;) 

Anyway, I liked Josh from the start once he was away from his stuck up sister. There's so much about him to love. One of his favorite bands is Muse, so when I heard that, I knew I was in love! It was cute how nervous he was around Courtney. I thought he was simply adorable. And there's a moment when U2's "Love is Blindness" plays as Josh and Courtney are both skating that I held onto because it was too sweet. I think there was a hidden message from Em in playing that song - it was perfect. 

Stephanie is a terrible person and easy to root against. She's so bitchy and stuck up. I love how Courtney tells her off from time to time - it's nice to see a young woman stand up for herself. It's hard to believe she's Josh's sister! 

Crossing the Ice is a sweet love story with all the ups and downs of young love. I ADORE this book, and I was so sad when it was over. I'm planning on listening to it all over again very soon, plus I bought a copy of the book to read. Five stars from me, hands down! 


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About the Author



Jennifer Comeaux is a tax accountant by day, writer by night. There aren't any ice rinks near her home in south Louisiana, but she's a die hard figure skating fan and loves to write stories of romance set in the world of competitive skating. One of her favorite pastimes is traveling to competitions, where she can experience all the glitz and drama that inspire her writing. Jennifer loves to hear from readers! Visit jennifercomeaux.blogspot.com for contact information and to learn more about her books. 

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Where Do You Rate? ~ Feature & Follow #61

 

Feature & Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read where two blogs are featured. Click the links above to follow the hosting bloggers and featured bloggers. Enter your own post's link in the linky, then hop around to as many blogs as you can - find new blogs to follow and gain new followers as well. Mingle and make some new bloggy friends! :D

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HEY! I Wanna Get Better! ~ When Life's Kicking Your Butt, How About a Theme Song? #3


So it's January, a new year, a fresh start, and it's time for a kick ass song to start things off right! This meme was created and hosted by Robyn from robgirlbooks

I'm picking two - it was a complete tossup between them, and they both get me pumped for different reasons. You'll see what I mean. ;) 



I like dancing all crazy to this song much to my children's chagrin. They really can't say they don't have a fun mom, they just can't, right?

This song is like my anthem for this year - I really do just wanna get better. No more anxiety, no more depression. Sounds great, right??  




The first time I heard this song, my husband and I were in my sister's car while she was driving, and we said, "What the hell is this? Is this music?" Eventually, because it's so catchy, it became stuck in my head. I watched the video, and I was hooked on the tune. 

My husband and I are working out together and eating less and healthier, so I'm hoping to get down to a size 12 like Meghan Trainor reportedly is. I did it before, and I felt great! I think we can do it. 

A lot of people think this song is skinny-shaming, but I don't think it is at all. If you pay attention to the lyrics, you'll see that she's talking about plastic surgery and the unhealthy images the media throws at us all the time. It's just a fun song, so those people need to calm their skinny asses down, lololol. ;D

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Remote by Lisa Acerbo ~ Blog Tour: Excerpt & #Giveaway


Welcome to my stop on the Remote Blog Tour hosted by Fire and Ice Book Tours. Click here to follow along with the rest of the tour schedule. 


Title: Remote
Author: Lisa Acerbo
Release Date: November 20, 2014
Publisher: Etopia Press
Genre: Science Fiction, Romance

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Synopsis

When technology fulfills every dream, reality becomes a nightmare. 

Below the streets of New State, the undergrounders fight to remain free of the technological control of the world above. Every night, Yara risks her life fighting New State's deadliest weapons, the drones. Half human and half machine, their living half tortured until everything human is gone, the drones have only one objective. Kill. And they do it with exacting precision. 

Yara is good at her job and committed to her raids on New State. Until one of those raids brings her face-to-face with Joshua, a New State citizen who doesn't quite fit her preconceived expectations. After a couple of awkward encounters, he shows her the meaning of hooking up - a computer simulation that allows people to live out their fantasies - without the complication of emotional entanglements or physical reality. But what Yara feels for Joshua is very real. And it's punishable by law. 

As she and Joshua grow closer, she convinces him to leave New State for her underground cause. But as the unrest between New State and the underground escalates, and the drones move in to destroy her world, nothing goes as planned. Families are arrested, loyalties are strained, and Yara's forced to choose between her people and her feelings. The wrong choice could mean the end of her people, and reality could slip away - forever... 

Excerpt

"Hi," he called out.

Yara's heart hammered, and adrenaline course through her limbs. She turned to run.

"Wait," the stranger whispered. "I won't turn you in. I'm out here too." He obviously didn't realize that Yara was a rebel. He might not know it yet, but he would soon. Still, he didn't sound dangerous. Maybe Yara could take care of him. She had never had to kill anyone totally human, but she had trained to do so. At this point, she didn't think she would need to. The skinny boy didn't look like a real threat, either. 

She turned back toward him and attempted what she hoped was a look of death and destruction. 

Instead of being scared, he smiled at her and brushed the hair out of his eyes. Even in the shadowy street, Yara could see the color was a beautiful emerald green. She had a hard time looking away, until his voice jarred her back to reality. 

"I'm Joshua15111," he said robotically. "What are you doing out here?"

"I could ask you the same thing."

"Enjoying the night sky," he replied, each word clipped and succinct. Unable to make prolonged eye contact, he looked toward the stars. 

"Aren't you supposed to be hooked up to an alternate universe, enjoying battle, boobs, or whatever perverted fantasy you want to conquer tonight?" Yara asked, and then instantly regretted her words. 

"Hey, it's not like that. You know how it is." For the first time, his voice took on a more humanistic quality. He sounded peeved.

She grunted in response. She didn't know anything of the sort. 

Joshua15111 looked at her briefly, quizzically. "Wait, do you know that? Are you one of them? The rebels?"

Oh no. "What rebels?"

"Are you for real? Everyone knows about the rebels. You must be one. Are you a rebel? That's so cool."

Me and my big mouth. Fear finally overtook her. Vague ideas about running away from or fighting the stranger flitted by, but Yara's feet felt like concrete blocks. She wasn't even sure she'd be able to form a coherent sentence if he asked her something about the underground. 


About the Author



Lisa Acerbo is a high school teacher and holds an EdD in Educational Leadership. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, daughters, three cats, and horse. She is the author of Apocalipstick and has been published in local newspapers, news and travel blogs including The Patch and Hollywood Scriptwriter



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Buried in New Orleans (#3) by Chris Myers ~ Blog Tour: #Review & #Giveaway




Title: Buried in New Orleans
Series: RIPSTERS #3
Author: Chris Myers
Release Date: January 13th 2015
Publisher: Books on the Edge
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance

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Synopsis

Jolie's best friend Drew has always been special, despite the fact he's dead. But what she uncovers in New Orleans may mean the end of him.

Almost a year ago, Drew made a suicide pact with his girlfriend April Savoie. Jolie and Brit drag him back to New Orleans where it all happened to find out why he cannot crossover. While they make their way to the French Quarter, April's younger sister Addy steals a death speaker stone from the voodoo queen of New Orleans. 

Even though her heart belongs to drew, Jolie must face his ex-girlfriend. She will also have to find her old babysitter, the voodoo queen, before she exacts her revenge on Addy, and most of all, Jolie must return Drew to his rightful place before it's too late.  

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I've done my best to keep spoilers out of this review in case you haven't read the first two books, but there may be a tiny detail or two I've forgotten. :P

Buried in New Orleans starts off with Jolie, Brit, and Drew heading to New Orleans so he can cross over. They search for April, Drew's girlfriend from when he was alive, to get answers as to why he hasn't been able to. They run into Jolie's old ghost hunting group NOSH (New Orleans Spirit Hunters), and she's less than thrilled to see them because Drew has been hanging around her for so long. Jolie's kind of been putting off helping him move on, and it's a huge no-no to allow a spirit to hang around. 

I love these characters and this series! It's an amazing story line which gets better with each book. Each character has his or her strengths and weakness, but they all bring something to the table which makes them such a great team. 

I truly believe Jolie was born to help spirits. She gets part of her talent through her mother and grandmother, but she also puts her heart into everything she does. Her downfall? Drew, but I can't blame her! 

Brit is so spunky it gets her into trouble sometimes, but I like her spunk. She's completely fearless and a great partner in crime. Her downfall? The color pink. And money. ;)   

Drew has been there for Jolie - helping her get ghost hunting jobs, supporting her on the move to Massachusetts and starting a new school. He's been her only friend until Brit. He's comforted her, and it's totally understandable why she wouldn't want to let all that go. 

So when the mystery of why he can't cross over is revealed, it's a complete shocker. Never saw it coming! It makes it even more difficult for Jolie to help him because helping him means letting him go. I really empathized with her - I wouldn't want to lose my best friend either. 

Buried in New Orleans is a fantastic addition to the RIPSTERS series! I love the modernized Nancy Drew-like paranormal mystery aspect this series has. Reading Buried in New Orleans was like visiting with old friends. I love the dynamics in Jolie and Brit's friendship. I highly recommend this series if you love young adult books with paranormal mystery, and romance.   

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Other Books in the Series

Date with the Dead #1
  



Click here for my 4 star review!

Sixteen-year-old Jolie Livingston's closest and only friend Drew is this really hot dead guy, and it bites that the self-absorbed princesses at school cannot even see him. That's right she can communicate with the dead. It's the living she has trouble with. She and her mom inherited this awesome crib in Plymouth, MA. It's quite a step-up from the homeless shelter in New Orleans, but there's a catch. They can't afford the past due mortgage, so Jolie's working on that. 

She starts a ghost hunting business called Ripsters. Somehow she's managed to recruit Brittany, a glamour SAP smothered in pink, and a techie allergic to ghosts. Brit actually thinks he resembles the R&B singer Chris Brown. All that pink has clouded her vision. They both have special talents Jolie's hoping will be useful in their venture. Right now, they're working for a family in need of major therapy due to a dead guy with a hole in his head.

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Dead and Missing #2




My Rating: 5 Stars!

Sixteen-year-old Brittany Howland only knows one other girl, Jolie Livingston, who can communicate with the dead like herself. When Brittany takes Jolie's haunt fishing to get him out of Jolie's hair, he mysteriously disappears. Brittany isn't sure how she'll tell Jolie she lost her stupid ghost. Jolie thinks her dead best friend Drew has finally crossed over, but Brittany knows better. Just before Drew went missing, he revealed why he hasn't hitchhiked to the afterlife, a secret Brittany swore she'd take to the grave. 

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About the Author


Chris Myers spends most of her free time writing and dreaming up new characters who fight each other for page time. She is an award-winning author of five published novels: LENNON'S JINX and LENNON'S RAIN, first two in a New Adult romance trilogy, and DATE WITH THE DEAD and DEAD AND MISSING, first two in a YA paranormal mystery series, and a dark thriller.

Chris's work has appeared in the NewsMag and has earned several awards including first place Paul Gillette, Colorado Gold finalist, and semi-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. She has taught writing workshops for PPW and Delve Writing and was an adjunct professor at CSU.

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Behind the Stars: The Complete Series by Leigh Talbert Moore ~ Blog Tour: #Review & #Giveaway


Welcome to my stop on the Behind the Stars Blog Tour hosted by YA Bound Book Tours. Click here to follow along with the full tour schedule.


 

Behind the Stars (Behind the Stars #1-6)
by Leigh Talbert Moore
Release Date: December 9th 2014
Source: Copy for review






Purchase: Behind the Stars Complete Set
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Synopsis
Prentiss Puckett is certain of three things:
- Graduation is two weeks away.
- Summer only gets hotter in south Mississippi.
- She's getting a job with air-conditioning.

She did not expect to be kidnapped walking to work. 
And she never expected to become a hero. 

Red Dawn meets LOST in this new action-adventure romance from Amazon bestselling author Leigh Talbert Moore.





Just a couple days ago I said I'm a fan of serials, and Behind the Stars is another reason why. Well written, intelligent, and mysterious, this series is the kind that keeps you in a constant state of holding your breath either hoping for or against the next thing to happen. And while you don't know what will happen, you do know there's enough tension to cut with a knife and keep you on the edge of your seat. 

I really liked trying to figure out the mystery behind Prentiss's kidnapping. One day she's on her way to work but never makes it there. Instead, she wakes up in a strange place with kids she knows from school - male and female. I couldn't tell who had kidnapped all of these kids and why. Was there a war? An invasion? What do the kidnappers want with these kids?  

In the meantime, Prentiss takes us back in her memories to her relationship with her boyfriend Jackson, the turmoil at home between her brother and their father, and losing her mom at an early age. I was able to get to know what Prentiss was like before she was taken as well as afterward. It's clear from the start she isn't going to go down without a fight. While everyone else seems resigned to their fate, she's thinking of ways to escape and bring help to get everyone else out, too. 

With so many people in their small town unaccounted for, no one knows if they've been taken, too, and whether they're dead or alive. I couldn't put this book down...I had to find out what was going on! What I wanted to know the most, almost more than if Prentiss could make a break for it, was who had kidnapped them and why. What were they planning on doing with those they had abducted and how were they able to get away with it? Neither the military nor the police comes to save the day, so why is that? 

The answers will surprise you, even shock you. There were so many moments where I really think I did hold my breath! I would have rated this five stars, but after the first episode, the story slowed down a bit; however, I realize this was to build up relationships between characters for what would happen later down the road. Not long after, the story picks back up again with speed. 

Behind the Stars is definitely the kind of series I look for when wanting something fresh and original to read. I loved losing myself in the pages and playing Sherlock as I tried to put the pieces of the puzzle together. Definitely recommend this! 

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About the Author
Leigh Talbert Moore is the author of the popular young adult romantic comedy The Truth About Faking, its companion The Truth About Letting Go, and the mature YA/new adult romantic suspense novel, Rouge, a Quarter Finalist in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.

She is an award-winning journalist and editor, who has also worked in marketing and public relations for many years. Her writing has appeared in newspapers and magazines across the southeast and Midwest U.S., and she runs the popular writing-craft blog That's Write

A southern ex-pat and beach bum, she currently lives with her husband, two young children, and one grumpy cat in the Midwest. 

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