Trailer Reveal: Whatever Life Throws at You by Julie Cross

Posted by Dianne on Wednesday, October 1, 2014. Filed under: ,
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In six days, WHATEVER LIFE THROWS AT YOU by Julie Cross is coming out! Julie is one of my most loved authors so I'm so excited for this release (I will read it this weekend!) and so pumped to share the trailer too! Get your excitement on for this now!

Whatever Life Throws at You
Title: Whatever Life Throws at You
Author: Julie Cross
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Date of Publication: October 7, 2014

Life loves a good curveball…

Seventeen-year-old Annie Lucas's life is completely upended the moment her dad returns to the major leagues as the new pitching coach for the Kansas City Royals. Now she's living in Missouri (too cold), attending an all-girls school (no boys), and navigating the strange world of professional sports. But Annie has dreams of her own—most of which involve placing first at every track meet…and one starring the Royals' super-hot rookie pitcher.

But nineteen-year-old Jason Brody is completely, utterly, and totally off-limits. Besides, her dad would kill them both several times over. Not to mention Brody has something of a past, and his fan club is filled with C-cupped models, not smart-mouthed high school “brats” who can run the pants off every player on the team. Annie has enough on her plate without taking their friendship to the next level. The last thing she should be doing is falling in love.

But baseball isn't just a game. It's life. And sometimes, it can break your heart…

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About Julie Cross

Julie Cross lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three children. She’s a former gymnast and longtime gymnastics fan, coach, and former gymnastics program director with the YMCA. She’s a lover of books, devouring several novels a week, especially in the young adult and new adult genres. Outside of her reading and writing credentials, Julie is a committed—but not talented—long-distance runner, creator of imaginary beach vacations, Midwest bipolar-weather survivor, and expired CPR certification card holder, as well as a ponytail and gym-shoe addict.

{Blog Tour} Spotlight + Guest Post + Giveaway: The Kitchen When It Sizzles by Chrissie Peria

Posted by Dianne on Monday, September 29, 2014. Filed under: , , , , ,
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Today, I'm kicking off the blog tour for Chrissie Peria's THE KITCHEN WHEN IT SIZZLES, a food-themed sexy contemporary romance I'm sure you'll all love. I'm here with an excerpt to entice you and a guest post from Chrissie so we can learn more about the author herself. Chrissie's also giving away food-themed prizes so don't forget to join the giveaway. Here goes!

The Kitchen When it Sizzles
Title: The Kitchen When It Sizzles
Author: Chrissie Peria
Date of Publication: August 16, 2014
Genre: sexy contemporary romance

Olivia Nadal is an almost perfect girl with an almost perfect life. She has stunning good looks, an exciting job that pays well, men lining up to date her, and a homey little condo she calls her own. The only thing keeping her from perfection is her utter inability to cook.

Enter Nate Olivarez, a hotshot chef who's filling in for Olivia's cooking instructor. Sparks fly when they meet, but a fling with the visiting hottie is the last thing Olivia needs. But as things keep heating up in the kitchen, she can't help but wonder. Can things work out between her and Nate? Or is the sizzle all set to fizzle?



Excerpt

Olivia pounded on his chest, but it was a futile effort. He just grabbed her wrists and went on kissing her. She felt her knees weaken as the kiss intensified, so much that she found herself clinging to him just to stay upright. 

“What do you want from me, Olivia?” he asked, voice deep with wanting, when they surfaced for air. He stared at her so earnestly, his eyes pleading for her to utter the words he wanted to hear. It was a desperate look, one that said he’ll finally walk away if that was what she wanted.


Olivia didn’t know what to do. She was attracted to Nate, she knew that at least. But what did she want? Her hands slid from his shoulders to his nape. She searched his face for answers. Her brain told her to walk away, but all she could hear was her heart thumping his name in an odd rhythm. Nate. Nate. Nate. 


This time, it was she who was reaching up to kiss him. Tentatively, as if she was hoping to find the answer between his lips. Her fingers made small movements on his nape, the tips flicking through the stubby hair by the top of his spine.


“Liv, we can’t go on like this,” he protested, desperately not wanting to get caught up in uncertainty. “I’m through with this pointless game. What do you want from me?”


Olivia stared at Nate, asking herself the same question. With Nate’s arms wrapped around her, everything was so real. But reality was fickle, and this same Nate could pack his bags and fly off the next day, a wave going where the current takes him. Still, Olivia knew what she wanted. 


“You,” Olivia replied. She was done fighting her feelings. Perhaps she would regret it all later. But for now, Nate was hers. Possibly just for the moment, but hers nevertheless. “I want you.” She went crashing into him, the full weight of her emotions finally making itself known. 


Guest Post

What are five of your favorite books for mature readers, and why?
(Answers by Chrissie Peria)

It's a tough question since I don't really choose books based on category / genre. I read a little bit of everything so my selections don't necessarily belong to the "mature" genre.

Julia Quinn's Bridgerton Series

Your classic Regency series, the sex scenes are restrained befitting the genre, but it's always full of heart, humor, and endearing characters. I've read almost all of Julia Quinn's books but the Bridgerton series is my hands down favorite. 

Huntley Fitzpatrick's My Life Next Door

While this is YA, I decided to include this because I love how Ms. Fitzpatrick writes her love scenes. It's never a graphic illustration of what happens between the sheets, but a delicate emotional unfolding that takes you into the character's mind and heart. 

Everything Yoshihara Yuki

I am a voracious reader of Japanese manga, and my favorite mangaka when it comes to sexy reads is Yoshihara Yuki. Her handling of relationship dynamics are a memorable mix of sexy and funny, delivering laugh out loud scenes and sweet yet steamy moments.

Laura Esquivel's Like Water for Chocolate

Sensual and magical, Like Water for Chocolate is a sensory treat that tugs on your heartstrings and leaves an indelible mark. The narrator's retelling of her great Aunt Tita's sad tale is wistful, romantic, and leaves one yearning for food and love. 

Bianca Mori's One Night at the Palace Hotel

I don't get to read many Filipino mature titles written in English, so the short stories that were part of #buqosteamyreads were very welcome. One standout among the ones I've read is One Night at the Palace Hotel because it delivers in both story and sizzle. And despite it being about the rich and the really rich, I found it pretty compelling, the same way you'd be engrossed to high society gossip. 

About Chrissie Peria


When not obsessing over fictional people doing fictional things, Chrissie obsesses about food: the eating, the cooking, and the procuring of it.


An advertising copywriter in her past life, she now spends most of her time writing, taking photos, cooking, and babysitting a tiny human and a curly-haired dog. She still plays with dolls and she thinks that bacon is the answer. Her first book, All's Fair in Blog and War, is a finalist in the 2014 Filipino Readers' Choice Awards.


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Stacking the Shelves (39)

Posted by Dianne on Saturday, September 27, 2014. Filed under:
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Uhm, so, every single book in the bought section was from National Book Store or Powerbooks. September was basically sale month and it was also the month I lost all my money to books. The Manila International Book Fair was also this month, although it was underwhelming and disappointing to me. So here are 'em books!






For Review

The Memory Keepers by Natasha Ngan
This Book is Gay by James Dawson
Feral by Holly Schindler
The Fall by Bethany Griffin
Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios
Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez
Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant
State of Grace by Hilary Badger





Gifted

The Comeback Season by Jennifer E. Smith
swag from Jennifer E. Smith

Bought

Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly
Betrayal by Gregg Olsen
Lullabies by Lang Leav
The Godfather by Mario Puzo
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
Love & Misadventure by Lang Leav
Immortal City by Scott Speer
Ditched by Robin Mellom
Lucid by Adrienne Stoltz and Ron Bass
The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan
The Other Normals by Ned Vizzini
Crank by Ellen Hopkins
Glass by Ellen Hopkins
Fallout by Ellen Hopkins
Hallowed by Cynthia Hand
Legend by Marie Lu
Prodigy by Marie Lu
Champion by Marie Lu
Touching the Surface by Kimberly Sabatini
Starters by Lissa Price
Enders by Lissa Price
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
The Storm Makers by Jennifer E. Smith


Thank you to Hot Key Books, HarperCollins International and Hardie Grant Egmont for the review copies! But more importantly, thank you to National Book Store for bringing one of my favorite authors EVER, Jennifer E. Smith. And thank you to Jen for the signed copy of The Comeback Season. I'm still not over #JennandLissainPH and I already miss Jen. She's so sweet and humble and sigh, I just love her and her books. So thank you, National Book Store!

And yes, this is what happy looks like. <3


{Blog Tour} Spotlight + Giveaway: Before He Was Famous by Becky Wicks

Posted by Dianne on Wednesday, September 24, 2014. Filed under: , , , ,
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Before He Was Famous (Starstruck, #1)

Title: Before He Was Famous (Starstruck #1)
Author: Becky Wicks
Date of Publication: May 29, 2014
Genre: contemporary new adult romance

One guy, one girl. One in the spotlight. One in the shadows.

Falling in love with your best friend isn’t always a great idea, especially when he’s Noah Lockton - the sexiest, most famous new talent on the planet. When 21-year-old small-town photographer Chloe Campbell is offered the chance of a lifetime – to join her celebrity childhood friend Noah on tour as an exclusive blogger for a New York magazine – she’s certain both have put what happened four years ago behind them. But his eyes still burn; his voice is still a jackhammer to her heartstrings; all his songs are about her. Is it possible that that night still haunts them both?

The music industry is a machine, spinning hype and rumors as much as his records. It’s not just Noah’s girlfriends who’ve got it in for Chloe (there’s no stopping the Twitter-obsessed, cat-loving pop-star Courtney Lentini for starters). Pretty soon, the jealousy and media frenzy surrounding these so-called-friends takes a life-changing turn and it seems making love means making enemies at every turn. When tragedy threatens to pull the final curtain on their relationship, both Chloe and Noah must make a choice. As much as this world leaves them starstruck, is living their dream really worth living without each other?

A story of lifelong friendships, love and hope, set in a world of celebrity, fame and social media gone very, very wrong.

From International Bestselling HarperCollins Author, Becky Wicks, comes a new adult romance that will leave you starstruck.

***Warning: this book contains graphic language, sex, and mature situations. Not intended for young adult readers.***

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Chloe

He didn't take off my underwear. He sat up, pulled me on top of him so I was straddling his solid waist, grabbed my head in his big hands for a moment and searched my face. I could see he was asking me if we should stop. Years passed as I saw us playing, laughing, singing, fighting and now... what the hell? A lightning bolt of reality struck my brain but the sparks shot off into my blood before anything made too much sense. I was on fire, suddenly. I needed to keep burning else I'd die, I knew it.

I pulled his head to me with one hand, reached down for him beneath me with the other. I found him so hard for me that I gasped and as he kissed me with a fever I gripped him tighter with my legs until my crotch was pressed against him; until the only thing rooting me to reality was the feel of this brand new part of Noah.

Touching each other everywhere, drinking each other in, rolling with our limbs entwined it felt like we were riding some crazy fucked up fairground ride. When he let out a groan, pulled the fabric of my underwear aside roughly and pushed hard into me, I clutched him tight with all the strength I had left.

'Chloe,' he cried out, grabbing my hips, my sunburnt shoulders, moaning as I sped up and slowed down and sped up again, pulling him harder and further into me with every thrust. I couldn't stay steady. The knowledge of what just happened in my world kept hitting me like waves of a tsunami. Again and again they blasted through me till all the pieces of myself were driftwood in my body and the only thing I could do to feel whole was to keep on crashing into Noah.

When he came, he came so hard I could feel his orgasm jolting through me, too, almost becoming my own. I buried myself in the feeling, the sweet surrender to nothingness that saw the horror of the day fly out of the tree house for a nanosecond, leaving only love. Only us.

Only us.

About Becky Wicks

I’m a writer, originally from the UK. Since graduating Lincoln University with a degree in Media Production I’ve lived and worked in London, New York, Dubai, Sydney and Bali, and at the moment I’m alternating between the UK and the US, trying to figure out where I belong.

People often ask me how I got into writing. The answer is, I wrote. A lot. I wrote about everything. And if I didn’t have anything to write about, I wrote about my lack of inspiration until something flowed. Blogging helped. I’ve been a blogger on one site or another since I was 21, back when I did the amazing Mountbatten Program in New York (which totally changed my life, by the way).

It’s only been the last few years or so (I’m now 34) that I’ve been able to write on the move. But sticking with my passion definitely paid off. I’ve done a LOT of work.

Three years ago I moved to Ubud, Bali, to write ‘Balilicious – The Bali Diaries‘ (published in December 2012, HarperCollins Australia). This was the sequel to my first book ‘Burqalicious – The Dubai Diaries! My third travel memoir Latinalicious – The South American Diaries, hit shelves December 2013. Get your e-copy here. All three were ridiculously fun to write. I’m surprised I actually found time, actually… I was travelling SO much!

Now I’ve slowed down a bit, come back to Bali, and I’m focussing on fiction. The Starstruck Series is a bit of a behind-the-scenes look at fame, celebrity culture and reality TV. I love to write love stories and I’m still trying to dream my best male characters to life. Wish me luck.


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Review: Remember Me by Romily Bernard

Posted by Dianne on Tuesday, September 23, 2014. Filed under: , ,
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You guys. I dig this series so much it's all I talk about for weeks now. And now, Remember Me, the second book in the series, is here! If you're not on the Romily Bernard train yet, now's a good time to start.

Remember Me (Find Me, #2)
Title: Remember Me (Find Me #2)
Author: Romily Bernard
Publisher: Harper Teen
Date of Publication: September 23, 2014

In the sequel to Find Me, Wick Tate, sarcastic teen hacker, is back and once again dealing with criminals and corrupt cops…and a brooding new love interest. Will Wick persevere when some secrets refuse to stay hidden?

Wick had thought her troubles were over.

But she should’ve known better.

Not only is she embroiled in a new murder case, which starts with a body with “Remember Me” carved into it and doesn’t stop there, but she also discovers new evidence surrounding her mother’s suicide…which leads her right back to her imprisoned deadbeat dad. And she has to deal with her flirty new hacker friend, Milo, sniffing around—which her boyfriend, Griff, isn’t too happy about.

The pressure might be too much as secrets—including Wick’s own—climb to the surface.

Remember Me is an edge-of-your-seat thrilling read that’ll have readers turning the pages at lightning speed! The paperback of Find Me is on sale simultaneously, and a digital original novella from Romily, featuring Griff, is on sale just a few weeks before!

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Review

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Thank you to Harper Teen and Edelweiss for the review copy! Receiving a copy did not affect my views in any way. There will be spoilers from the first book so read at your own risk!

I really liked FIND ME (click for my review) but this series got elevated to I-love-it status after I've read Griff's prequel novella, LIE FOR ME (click for review). I've had an eARC of REMEMBER ME in my Kindle for months but only after squealing like a sugar-high kid because of Lie for Me did I turn into NEED-TO-READ-REMEMBER-ME-NOW. In fact, I dropped everything I was doing and just read. Screw reading schedules, I needed my dose of awesome hacker Wick, her intense chemistry with Griff, Griff, and the expected mystery thriller YA novel Romily Bernard will surely deliver. And goodness, delivered on your doorstep with a freebie on the side (*ahem Milo ahem*). I've actually read Remember Me twice already. Yeap. That good. So, what exactly makes Remember Me awesome?

The mystery, specifically, the murder. So in Find Me, Wick's friend Tessa committed suicide because of someone and that person was targeting Wick's younger sister Lily next. It was up to Wick to find who pushed Tessa to take her own life and who's threatening her sister. With her hacking skills and with Griff's help, she solved it but without repercussions. A bad arm, fear of darkness and some more issues are the scars left by Wick's previous dash with danger. It isn't at all different in here because Judge Bay's assistant was murdered, with the words "Remember Me". It is now again up to Wick to solve the murder, thanks to Carson, the cop who is now using her to solve his cases, with Wick's illegal extracurricular hacking activities as his leverage.

The extra mysteries. Not only do we have a murder on hand, someone is also sending Wick evidence about her mother's death. Not only that, we also get another dead body and another dead body too. Romily Bernard has made this all the more darker than the first book! *giddy eye glint* I believe that the more deaths (in mysteries), the merrier!

Illegal activities abound! More hacking, more breaking and entering, more illegal things. It might not be realistic but who cares! I read books because I can live a thousand lives through them! All that breaking and entering by Wick. The explosives. The tracking. Everything.

Wick's personal issues. Picking up from the events of the first book, Wick and Lily are now living with Bren and after everything that went down, Bren becomes overprotective. And very hardworking too because the town is looking down upon Bren. Aside from Wick's difficulty in connecting with Bren, especially now with her receiving all these DVD tapes about her mother, we also get more of a feel of what Wick thinks. How she wants to be good but ultimately ends up being bad. How she doesn't want to be fragile around Griff but he makes her feel special, wanted and breakable. How she will and actually did sacrifice her own freedom just so she can protect the ones she love. We read a lot of Wick's internal struggles and thoughts and I just love that Romily Bernard further explored Wick's character and personality.

The romance and Griff, oh Griff. I mean, COME ON. Griff is at the top of my favorite YA heroes. A hacker, rides a motorcycle, an artist, caring, altruistic, has a self-deprecating humor, filial, sensitive, supportive, sexy, really, this list can go on and on. Like the previous book, Wick and Griff's chemistry was sizzling and SERIOUSLY, how did you do it, Romily? This book is for YA readers but I felt hot while reading it. Just proof of how great Romily is at writing scenes oozing with romantic chemistry and leads that you just want to grow up and translocate to a new adult novel. Haha!

We also get a third wheel in the whole romance. Yes, there's a love triangle but while some of you might feel off about this, I was like, GAME! Wick became a bit of a noble idiot in here but for once, I didn't care. I thought Milo's entrance into Wick's life, who's a computer builder who believes that Wick should do what she's great at which is hacking, was organic. He wasn't introduced just because we need a love triangle to shake things but he was the opposite of Griff's kind character. While Griff would be a person who'll tell authorities about a bully, Milo and Wick are the type who'll get revenge. I love the contrast that Romily showed and so, I was down with Wick loving Griff but liking Milo too because he understands her. And don't we all crave understanding? Plus, Milo's hot too. Hehe. I will be Team Griffick forever but that's because I want Milo for myself. Kidding! Haha! But really, I still ship Griff and Wick.

I hate to say this but Remember Me was gearing up to be a five-star read for me right from the start but the drop in the rating was caused by the big ole reveal and the resolution. It felt rushed to me and while I didn't guess right away whodunit (like I did with Find Me) because my brain was pretty much a mush, the conclusion wasn't satisfying to me. Not only did it felt rushed but for me, it came out of nowhere? Or maybe I wasn't just paying attention because like I said, mushed brain.

However, damn that ending! Romily Bernard definitely knows how to write endings because BAM I need the third book!

I highly recommend the Find Me series to any mystery-loving YA reader because this series rock, you guys. Hacking! Illegal fun times! Cracking cases! Romance! Sarcastic badass heroine and a very sweet hero! Just, READ THIS SERIES.

About Romily Bernard

I graduated from Georgia State University with a Literature degree. Since then, I’ve worked as a riding instructor, cell phone salesgirl, personal assistant, groom, exercise rider, accounting assistant, and, during a very dark time, customer service rep.

So don’t let anyone tell you a BA degree will keep you unemployed.


Book Crossover: If I Stay (2014) Film Review

Posted by Dianne on Thursday, September 11, 2014. Filed under: , , ,
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It's been a century since I last used the Book Crossover tag but I'm planning on changing that bit. It's a feature where I share news, or more often that not, reviews, of books that crossed over to the visual medium, film or otherwise. Today, I'm here to review the movie IF I STAY.



Title: If I Stay
Theatrical Release: August 22, 2014
Watched: September 10, 2014
Book it's based from: If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Read the book: Yes (4 stars)
Reviewed the book: No. Might never. #feels


Review

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

A thing you might not know about me: I absolutely adore/love/idolize Chloë Moretz. I once said that that I'll play for the other team for her. Forget age gap and all that. Because TALENT, man. That talent. And yeah, she was so cute when she was a kid and then woah, she got hot. This kid will go really, really far in her career. Anyway, kinda forget I said this whole paragraph.

Point is, even with my Chloë Moretz love, I had low expectations from the film. Can't blame me because I absolutely did not approve of Jamie Blackley as Adam. Sure, Gayle Forman thought he was perfect and he's an actual musician but call me superficial but the stills just didn't convince me that he can be and he will be Adam.

Then US bloggers started posting that they loved the film and that they cried their hearts out and an inkling of fear crept in. What if I'm that person who won't cry because I have a stone for a heart? What if I don't like the film?? Add to that that my friend (who I watched the movie with) told me that it's rated 37% on Rotten Tomatoes. I lowered my expectations yet again because I loved the book and Gayle Forman and I don't want to have my heart broken if the film ends up lambasting the book (although I doubted that because Gayle loved it).

(I am such a long-winded person. Three paragraphs and no review yet?)

So it all boils down to this: I think the movie was okay. Can even be classified as good enough - some aspects cancelling the not-so-good parts. And yes, I liked it, hence the three stars. But I think only people who have read the book will most likely like or love the film and those who haven't will think it's a cliche and a movie for hormonal, hopeless romantic teens (which isn't a bad thing but then you all know how snotty people can go).

The film made me realize that what made Gayle Forman's IF I STAY as beautiful and heartbreaking as it is was her writing. Because, let's face it, the movie is formulaic. After watching the film, it dawned on me that the plot of the film, and hence, the book, is so not unique or even fresh. With the book being translated into the visual medium, it lost Gayle's touch. The screenplay wasn't bad (although I have issues on the things they did change - more on that later) but the beauty, sorrow, hope and grief and ALL THE FEELS brought about by Gayle's words were lost in the screen. I could go on and on about this but I feel like I'm saying the same things over and over again so I'll talk about what I think of the several aspects of the film.

1. Acting. As usual, Chloë Moretz was great. I mean, what role can she not play? However, I don't know if it's with the script or her delivery of the material or my memory's seriously zonked but I feel like Mia was more shy in the book? No biggie though with me whatsoever. Jamie Blackley delivered just fine and thank you! I wanted to sock him in the nuts for being such a dick to Mia at times so he did his part well. Adam wasn't as irritating in If I Stay and I learned that characteristic of his was more prominent in Where She Went (which I haven't read yet). No sore thumb in the acting department because they were all good but really, Chloe Moretz takes the cake along with Stacy Keach as Mia's grandparents. Which kinda brings me to my next point.

2. Relationships.

a. Romance. I gave the book four stars because while I love it and cried like a baby, I wasn't as sold with Mia and Adam's romance. *hides from knives* It was the same with the movie, even more, I think. It just went too fast for me and it sort of veered into instalove territory. And like I said, Jamie Blackley wasn't my Adam and he still wasn't. I mean, sure, he did a good job, it's just my opinion.

b. Family. This is the relationship I felt the most for in the book and in the film as well. I love Mia's family and it even the anticipation of knowing what will happen next broke my heart. My friend and I were bracing while watching the film for the shoes to all drop. Mia's parents were awesome in the book and maybe even moreso in the film.

3. Pacing. I didn't realize that the book had so much plot to cram into until I watched the film. In its run of 106 minutes, so many things happened. I appreciate that they mostly stayed true to the book and showed the scenes we're all expecting but shoving in too much left me unable to wallow in grief and misery. When Mia learned that her parents died, I was ready to cry myself out. But then, all of a sudden, we gotta move on right about now. There was no time for the feels to squeeze my heart out and leave me hyperventilating. Which is another reason why I guess, If I Stay was better in book form. With books, you can stop reading and just cry. You can take your time. I couldn't exactly ask to pause the movie in the theater just so I can cry.

4. Feels. Like I previously said, the film wasn't able to elicit much tears and feels from me with the scenes I expected to break down. But every scene with Mia's grandpa tugged at my heart, especially when he was talking to her body while she was just watching. BROKE. MY. HEART.

5. Faithfulness to material. Damn, I didn't have any issue at all until the end. WHY? Why would you change Adam's "I'll let you go if you stay"??? That was another one of my breakdowns during the book and then, blah. Sooooo, if you've read the book, you might understand how important what he said was. Tsk. (Although I think I heard the "I'll let you go if you stay" bit while the horror thing with all the memories swirling was happening at the end but I'm not entirely sure. Can someone clear this up for me?)

6. Music. I didn't realize how music-centered the film was until I watched the film. *cringes* I mean, I know music played a large part in Mia and Adam's lives, in their story, but I guess while reading the book, it just didn't come across as much to me because I just plowed and read on the book. But in the movie, wow, that soundtrack. Glad to say I love the soundtrack. I guess that's one aspect I don't have any qualms on.

7. Directing. I thought the directing was fine although that bit at the end totally scared me. Horror movie vibes!! But still, I think it captured the book's atmosphere. The colors were right and although the camera work wasn't something groundbreaking or extraordinary, it served the film well.

So, that's it! Have you watched the film? Sound off in the comments below for your thoughts! We can discuss. And for those who haven't watched the film, go watch it!

Review: Lie for Me: Griff's Story by Romily Bernard

Posted by Dianne on Tuesday, September 9, 2014. Filed under: , ,
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Lie for Me: Griff's Story

Title: Lie for Me: Griff's Story (Find Me #0.5)
Author: Romily Bernard
Publisher: HarperTeen Impulse
Date of Publication: September 2, 2014

A digital-only prequel novella from Romily Bernard, author of the Find Me trilogy.

Griff wasn't always the knight in shining armor Wick Tate thinks he is. He had a whole life before he met her, and even though it's grittier than Wick could have imagined, it also made him into the guy she loves.

This prequel novella grants readers access to Griff's story from his point-of-view—and it includes some scenes from Find Me, which Jay Asher called "a thriller that keeps picking up speed" and Sophie Jordan hailed as "fast-paced and full of twists," and is told from Griff's alternate perspective!

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Review

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

One of the greatest things about FIND ME, among all the greatest things about it (wow, that sounded so grammatically correct and intellectual but FIND ME was just so !!! for me), was Griff, Wick's love interest. To quote my review:
Find Me has a sexy, slow-burning romance, which was such a feat for me. Mind you, this novel is completely clean and definitely categorized under young adult but why is it that the tension was so palpable? Oh right, it's because of our love interest, Griff. Griff is a hacker, a biker and is basically SSS. Which stands for sexy, smart and sensitive. Their every interaction, while completely for general patronage, oozed of chemistry and attraction, which I guess gave their romance some heat.
SSS. That could also be the sizzling sound this romance makes. Griff was so sigh, as I said, sensitive. It felt like he says the perfect words and that he was perfect for Griff. He was also funny but you knew that there's an underlying deep and brooding character in there. So you cannot even begin to fathom my excitement when I bought this novella and read it right away. It's a prequel novella! It's in Griff's point-of-view! I finished it there and then and in the name of sexy hackers, it was glorious! It was everything I hoped it would be and MOAAAARRR.

First, Griff's voice! It was so fun to view the story from his perspective. Griff has this brand of humor I absolutely dug in Find Me and we get to read more of that here. But aside from that, we get to read Griff's backstory, how his family's all slowly decaying from the inside, how he ended up working for Carson, how he first saw Wick, how he pined for Wick. It's just so revealing of a whole lot more depth and layers to Griff, which I gobbled up and loved.

This is too short and Romily, I demand that a novel be in Griff and Wick's POV. Pretty please??? I need more of Griff, especially with what happened in Remember Me (I've read it before writing this review). I just hope we get more Griff novellas if that's not possible.

So yeah, do I recommend it? Heck yeah! If you liked and especially, if you loved Find Me or even if you didn't but you want some more Griff, I suggest you go read this! It also introduces Milo Gray, which is a character you guys will meet in the second book. It also places everything into perspective. So GO! Buy and read this N-O-W!

About Romily Bernard

I graduated from Georgia State University with a Literature degree. Since then, I’ve worked as a riding instructor, cell phone salesgirl, personal assistant, groom, exercise rider, accounting assistant, and, during a very dark time, customer service rep.

So don’t let anyone tell you a BA degree will keep you unemployed.