Sunday, June 30, 2013

Stacking The Shelves #23 I Don't Think I Bought THAT many. Right?

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews. Where you can post all the books that you're adding to your shelves each week.
Inspired by TST IMMs' posts.



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I've been saving.
A LOT.
To buy some books via book depo since the bookstores here apparently don't love me as much as I thought they did.

But then I remembered, wait a minute... I haven't visited a bookstore in like 2 or 3 months... So maybe there's this slim chance that they have something new. Though I seriously didn't get my hopes THAT high.

I visited one of the 2 that exist here, and that bookstore is kind of famous for bringing new tittles from time to time but I also know them as the ones with the WORST PRICING CHOICE EVER... If a book's supposed to be (as said on the back of said book) lets say, $8.99 I'm all for them raising it a bit higher... let's say... $11.00 or something... But nope, these guys think I'm an idiot or something... I won't go ahead and buy a book that I've seen has a price of $17.00 TOPS and they go ahead and ask for $30.00
-_-
NO way in hell... But then I saw ONE book that I've been pinning for since like forever and even though I know KNOW I bought it for more money than what's actually worth I thought... I have the cash now... I might not get another chance to get it... So I went ahead and got it but that's as far as my kindness was going to go.

I got out of there as soon as I could.

But on Father's Day (June 17th here) I wanted to get my dad a book he had been asking me to get him so I went to my FAVORITE store out of the 2, the one I had sworn myself I'd never ever go again because of how they had treated me once upon a time, and BOOM.

NEW additions to their shelves EVERYWHERE!!! I almost cried of sheer frustration for not being able to get them ALL at once... I had like a hundred bucks or so and I remembered, well, if I'm saving it's got to be for something and I've GOT to spend it someday for the thing I had been saving for in the first place right?

So... I started the hard but happy process of picking which books to buy and which to leave behind so I could go again and buy later...

Here's how it went AND
OF COURSE my BookAngel Nat sent me some AWESOME additions to my shelves as well. I looooove you!!!!!


Here's what will be stacking my shelves this week

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WON this one!!! Thanks to MSC!!! ;D

Thanks for this Nat <3




Thanks to my bookAngel Nat for Silver as well!!! :'( So freaking happy I cried. -hugs Nat-
Sorry, I kind of forgot to take a picture of this one with my camera and had to do it with my phone :)


What new books are stalking YOUR shelves this week?

Saturday, June 29, 2013

-Book Blast, Spotlight & Giveaway- Rebellion by Jennings Wright


This book sounds... O___O 
Scary and intriguing and I really can't wait to get a chance and read it...
But I guess I need to read the first book first? lol
Check it out ;) 
Oh, there's also a giveaway going on so don't forget to enter that one either, US only though :/
                                       



With rebel leader Darian free at last, the humans and outsiders on Ixeos must find a way to join forces and defeat the Firsts. The problem? All slaves are tracked with GPS, the Firsts are the only ones with power, and roving gangs hate the rebels just as much as they hate the aliens. As Darian and the outsiders from Earth travel the globe through the mysterious tunnels in Paris, they learn that the Firsts are preparing to launch another wave of biological warfare. With a transporter that will allow the aliens to target any city, anywhere on the planet, the rebels know they must stop them at all costs.

As things get more dangerous on Ixeos, the outsiders find that they’re pushed to their limit. Will they fight for freedom, no matter the price?

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Born and raised in Rockledge, Florida, Jennings spent her early years reading anything she could get her hands on, when she wasn’t spending time in and on the water. She won a prize in the 6th grade for her science fiction stories.

Jennings attended the University of the South and the University of Tampa, graduating with a B.A. in Political Science, and almost enough credits for B.A.s in both English and History. She spent time over the years doing various kinds of script doctoring, business writing, editing, and teaching writing, but mostly having and raising her family, homeschooling her children, owning and running a business with her husband, and starting a non-profit to Uganda.

Thanks to a crazy idea called NaNoWriMo Jennings got back into creative writing in 2011 and hasn’t stopped since. She’s written four novels and a screenplay in less than a year, with more ideas on the drawing board. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband, also a writer, and two children, and travels extensively.
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The McClellands are enjoying a lazy summer vacation at the beach when they are lured from our world into Ixeos, an alternate Earth. Finding themselves lost in a maze of tunnels under Paris and surrounded by strangers, they discover that they have been brought to Ixeos for one purpose: to take the planet back from humanoid aliens who have claimed it. With the aid of the tunnels and a mysterious man named Landon, the teens travel the world seeking the key that will allow them to free Darian, the long-imprisoned rebel leader. But the aliens aren’t the only problem on Ixeos — the McClellands have to deal with brutal gangs, desperate junkies, and a world without power, where all the technology is owned by the aliens, and where most of the population has been killed or enslaved. The worst part? There’s no way home.


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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

-Review- Slammed by Colleen Hoover

Goodreads Shortie:

Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she's losing hope.

My thoughts 


If I could write pretty things... With pretty words... With pretty grammar... With pretty spelling... With pretty thoughts... With pretty smiles... With pretty tears... With pretty sads... With pretty happys... With pretty everything...
I would.
For this book... For the autor of this book. For the characters in this book and for all the people who made it possible.

When I started this book I never thought I would like it as much as I did. I focused solely on the fact that a favorite author of mine recommended it and that was it.

But now. My life has been, once again, turned, moved, affected, changed, rocked, shaked by the power of words.

I can't possibly comprehend at this moment what it must be like to actually have a broken heart. If it hurts even one percent more than the pain I'm feeling now, I'll forgo love. It's not worth it.

I cannot begin to thank author Tammara Webber enough for recommending this book to me nor can I express my thanks and awe to author Colleen Hoover for putting into words and paper -in my case, digitally- the complete piece of art that this book is, was and forever will be.

If I could write exactly and precisely the effect Lake, Julia, Will, Kel, Caulder, Eddie, Gaving and even Javi had in me... You wouldn't believe it.

There are so many aspects to the whole story that I could relate to, aspects to the characters... I wanted to be them but I didn't.
I wanted to cheer for them but then I wanted to shake them. I wanted to cry with them and then I just wanted to cry for them. Do NOT WORRY I so did cry, I am still crying while I write this... I cannot put into words anything and that is the why of my review...

I have been rendered speechless and I couldn't be more happy.

Life is life, death is death, a day is just that, another day... But what happens in between those things is what makes every little thing count. Every single thing.

"... I don't want you to wait for me, Layken."

And when I grow old I hope to apply each and every little thing that a mother of a fictional character taught me by writing a letter to her fictional children.

And tomorrow, when I read this review and see that I have yet to mention the plot, the love story, the sad part, the happy part and the slammed part of the book, I won't regret it.

Nope, I won't.

Because this review is the ballance of head and heart and whoever reads it needs to have an open mind, I mean as a certain Julia once said, if she or he doesn't have that open mind, then how could them expect to let ANYTHING in?

I can only assure you that the Alba that started reading Slammed is definitelly NOT the same Alba that finished it.

...One million
Fifty-one thousand
And
Two Hundred 
Minutes...
One million fifty-one thousand and two hundred times.
It's how many times you've made me smile,
How many times you've made me dream,
How many times you've made me believe...

I give it BookPics special rating,
10/5

10special-fotitos(special rating for over-the-top-I'll-never-get-over-this book) =
I cried for things I didn't know possible I was capable of.

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Review based on galley sent from publisher/author via Netgalley


My reviews are never te best ones, nor are they the ones that are the most noticed, not even the ones that most people read or look forward to.
BUT.
They are mine. And my thoughts, and my feelings and what I experience throughout my reading the book I am reviewing.

So to whoever reads this. I hope with all my being that you give this book a chance.




Monday, June 24, 2013

-Blog Tour Stop, Review + Giveaway- Fall From Love by Heather London

Welcome to my stop on the Fall From Love book tour!!!
Hope you enjoy it here.
Don't forget to enter the International giveaway ;)




Fall From Love by Heather London
Publication date: June 7th 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary



Synopsis:


Struggling to put her life back together after a tragic mountaineering accident kills her college sweetheart, twenty-one-year-old Holly Treadwell is trying to set aside her grief, forge ahead in school, and find herself again.


When Carter Hansen, a guy who brings back horrible memories from the night of the accident, finds his way back into her life, Holly’s unsure if she should let him in. He terrifies her in more ways than one and invokes feelings in her that she thought were buried forever. Regardless of her fears, she knows she must face him in order for her heart to heal.

Everyone tells Carter that what happened on the mountain that night was just a terrible accident, but even then, he can’t help but carry around the guilt and is unable to forgive himself. He’s drawn to Holly and being near her helps ease his conscience and gives him the release he needs.


As Holly and Carter’s relationship grows, they begin to realize that the more time they spend with one another, the more their wounds begin to heal—her grief and his guilt. But when Holly learns the details about the night of the accident—what everyone has been keeping from her—it will rip open old wounds and tear apart what they’ve both worked so hard to overcome…


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My Thoughts


-Don't waste your life being scared; you never know when you'll get another chance.-

I think that quote above just about summed the whole book up.

Holly is your average college girl who has a good heart, good life, and a good relationship with her boyfriend until the unthinkable happens and she's left alone to pick up the pieces and try to mend them and make them become a whole together.

Things aren't good nor fabulous... And she gets to her lowest point even ignoring and treating her best friend as nothing more than a stranger.

Until one day, she realizes that life has gone on, is still going on, with or without her approval everything needs to continue and she has to make the decision to either let life pass her by or get out of the dark place she's in and start living said life once again.

It isn't easy nor a happy road but with the help of friends and an even more special friend she starts to heal, she starts to become maybe not the girl she was before but an even better and stronger one.

Cue Carter and his amazingly well good looks, fighter personality and sad soul.
Carter's been through a lot and he and Holly might have more and common than what they thought...

Okay, I'll stop with the whole summarize the story thing because it's not really working for me... 

The one thing I've got to say about the whole book?? It touched and moved my heart in ways that's been moved and touched before but with a bit of a fresher take.

I instantly liked Holly, because while she might have been a nightmare to live with after what happened THAT night... And after being a complete mean derriere with her best friend... She has the ovaries to accept what she's been... That she hasn't been herself and that she needs to get better, if not for her then for her friends... She accepts it AND starts and tries to change it.

I love it that she had her stage of feeling sorry for herself but then started the mending stage. She wasn't the girl needing the saving but on the contrary she found herself strong enough to want to get to know and save those who needed saving and in this case Carter was the lucky one.

But, after all the mending after all the healing after all the tears... Lies are as powerful a weapon as love or they're a close second... And in the blink of an eye or rather in the peak of a mountain... Things can happen and fast... AND for the worse.

Involved with someone that might be starting already own her heart but that might also be lying to her... A lie that could easily break her heart all over again...

Lets just say Holly is treading tricky waters and she might have to make some tough choices in order to get her life back on track...

Will that life include Carter, her best friend and music? Or will it end up with her being in the same dark place she started and fought fiercely to get out of?

-So how the hell am I supposed to be friends with a girl that I'm crazy about, but I'm not sure if I should be with?-

Fall From Love, proves to me once again that love is the greatest weapon of all, that grieving should be just a stage and that life goes on and it's in our hands to decide to go ahead and live it or just let it pass us by without us enjoying, laughing, crying, living! LIVING it...

A story about love, loss and the beauty that is life whether it is throwing us bricks, rocks, stones, flowers, rain, or snow... That teaches us to always move forward, go on, but also to never forget those who pushed us and helped us along the way and that might not be here with us anymore.

Also, I need a Jenna in my life...

Weaknesses?
I actually like the book cover, while it isn't exactly IN the book it has some resemblance to the setting as for the book tittle? I went almost 95% of the book before I finally got to the tittle of the book being IN the book... And you'll find out it's quite awesome how the tittle is mentioned in the book ;) Trust me.

I give this book,

4= OhMyCloud!

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Heather London is a young adult and new adult author who loves to write stories full of romance, fantasy, and science fiction. She is a lover of only the finest of coffee and premium craft beer, but will settle for anything chocolate, regardless of its quality. Heather lives with her husband in Dallas, TX where she is currently working hard on her next project.


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Friday, June 21, 2013

Author Love Giveaway!!! Tammara Webber

Today I had to be the bearer of some bad news but I want to cheer that person up...

So...

I'm giving away ONE book from one of my all-time favorite authors.

But, sadly, I'm short on money so this will have to be a KINDLE book.

Winner gets to pick ONE book of their choice from all of Tammara Webber's PUBLISHED kindle books.

So, here it is;

-ONE entry per person.

-International as long as you can receive kindle books as gifts on your email.

-There are chances to earn more entries on the form.

-There will be ONE winner.

-Cheaters will be disqualified.

-Winner will be contacted via email,
Once winner is contacted he/she has 48 hours to reply to email or a new winner will be selected.

-BookPics is not responsible for any errors/mishaps on the delivery of the book. Book cannot be resent once it has been sent to the winner.

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On a side note:

Support our authors, BUY their books, and if you don't have enough $$$ well then save up. You'll enjoy it even more when you get it.

Cover Obsession #24 -HyperventilatingThisIsTooMuch-

Cover Obsession is a feature here on BookPics.
-I really don't know if anyone else does it as I do but I'm not trying to steal any other ideas out there-
In which I tell you what new book covers I'm completely in love with, pinning for, drooling over, tearing-up over, going all OH CLOUD! on and all the other AMAZING-FANTASTIC-AWESOME-BOOKPIC-LY verbs and adjectives and adverbs you can think of that just simply aren't enough to describe how I feel towards said covers so, 
I just go ahead and OBSESS over them :D
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The cover reveal for this book was a couple of days ago but even now I'm still obsessing over how amazing it is... how I just simply love it and how it, incredibly, raised even HIGHER my impatience for the book to come out...

Wrath <3 <3

-The King by J. R. Ward (BDB #12)

Everything!! Everything!! From his pose to his hair (check the freaking widow peak) his muscles... The throne... THE FREAKING RING!!! RING!!! And how everything is red so completely and perfectly going with Wrath's first book (Dark Lover) which was the first one to come out from this amazing and successful series.

I think the ONLY thing I have a bit of a problem with is the fact that you can't see the tattoos, Wrath is described to have inscribed in all his forearms and maybe even arms, can't remember, all those glyphs from his ancestors and lineage.
Other than that... Leather *O*
I'm hyperventilating... Beth is a freaking lucky queen.

-sighs-    

AND to top it all,
it's already available for pre-order on AMAZON

I have nothing more to say than...

-dies-

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Cover Obsession #23 -Gorgeousness Incarnate-

Cover Obsession is a feature here on BookPics.
-I really don't know if anyone else does it as I do but I'm not trying to steal any other ideas out there-
In which I tell you what new book covers I'm completely in love with, pinning for, drooling over, tearing-up over, going all OH CLOUD! on and all the other AMAZING-FANTASTIC-AWESOME-BOOKPIC-LY verbs and adjectives and adverbs you can think of that just simply aren't enough to describe how I feel towards said covers so, 
I just go ahead and OBSESS over them :D
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Because the cover I'm completely and irrevocably in love with right now doesn't need much of an introduction I'll just go ahead and show it...

-Evertrue by Brodi Ashton (Everneath #3)
Can we take a minute to appreciate the perfection?!!!
I haven't even read Everbound and I'm already dying to get my hands on this pretty!!
It goes amazingly well with the previous books! Which is getting harder and harder with book series lately.

Whoever is behind these book covers, thank you so freaking much!





To gorgeous for human eyes
*O*




Monday, June 17, 2013

-Blog Tour Stop, Review + GIVEAWAY- Tragic by J.A. Huss

So excited! Today's my turn for a stop on the Tragic blog tour and I'll be sharing my thoughts on the book with you all!! 
And wow. I loved this book. It was pretty amazing if I do say so myself.
Don't forget to try and stop by the other stops HERE's the schedule ;)



Tragic by J.A. Huss
Publication date: May 20th 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Synopsis:

Rook Walsh is TRAGIC

Because life so far – just sucks. Some girls get parents. Rook got the foster care system. Some girls get Prince Charming. Rook got an abusive frog. Some girls get lucky…

Rook got a second chance.

And she took it. Because when fate throws you a bone – you grab it with both hands and run.

Antoine Chaput knows the minute he spies Rook in his photography studio that she’s got The Look. The dark and desperate look he must have to land the exclusive TRAGIC media contract.

Rook is paired up with top model, Ronin, and he’s everything her abusive ex-boyfriend wasn’t. Patient, gentle, happy, attentive, and sexy! He knows exactly what to do to make Rook blush for Antoine’s portfolio.

Rook’s luck changes in an instant and suddenly she’s the darling of the modeling world. It’s a dream job to go with a dream guy and all she has to do is look pretty and follow directions. But there’s always a price to pay – and Rook is about to get the bill.

TRAGIC is a new adult contemporary romance.


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My thoughts


Tragic starts right off being just that, tragic.

Rook, the main character, has been through so much and has seen so much and suffered so much more than a normal 19 year-old should have but that hasn't stopped her.
Though it did once upon a time, she woke up, picked herself up, and mended what little pieces of her heart she could and moved on.

That meant, escaping. From it all or from just one man? You'll know from reading but what she finds herself into after that? That's when the story really starts...

- "Ronin Flynn, you might undo me."
"I'm already undone, Gidge. I'm just hoping you'll stick around long enough to put me back together." -

Fate had it that she auditioned for a very talented and successful photographer. Which kind of photographer? -smiles knowingly- You'll get to know that too if you take a chance at reading this awfully awesome book ;)

I liked and sympathized with Rook, she makes you re-evaluate things, think things through and make you root for her all while also making you gasp and gape at all the things she has signed up for when she signs a contract with that successful photographer I mentioned earlier.

Then comes the model... The MALE model. The one that had me drooling a bit here and there and swooning and giggling in between. This guy you girls, this guy is... H.O.T. I don't know any other way to describe him, physically. But, emotionally? He's complex. He's real, at least he felt real to me. And his past is not happy story either.

- Maybe someday I'll have it in me to fight back like that if it ever happens again, but right now I'm fragile.
But I'll take fragile. It's a hell of a lot better than broken. -

I loved everything from all the characters involved, it showed great great character development and thanks to the author's writing the story flows perfectly and I found myself glued to my kindle app for far longer than I had planned for... I mean, how can I not love Ronin's sis? Or the shampoo job she gives Rook? hehehe

One doesn't just pick this book up and takes a break, one picks this book up and finish it in one sitting. That's how good and fast-paced it is and how captivated I was by it all.

The only thing I got a bit of a problem with, is the fact that even though it definitely has a teen in it the book and content itself felt more directed to a mature audience? Not how New Adults are directed at mature audiences but how adult books are directed, well, at adults you know? Specially when we get to the photo scenes... But who am I to judge when it comes to assigning genres? That's just how I felt throughout the read.
Though this book, I'd definitely recommend for readers up over 18 instead of the usual ages I recommend the NA ones to.

- "You OK?"
"Mmmmhmmmm," is all I can manage, because a chill rockets down my spin and my head involuntarily tips back and gives him permission to [...]
He pulls back for a moment, just long enough to say, "Touch me, Rook," and then his mouth is back... -

With steamy photo shoots, bikers, models, heartbreak, lies, doubts, harsh past and even harsher presents. This novel delves into the dark side of a girl who was broken before but found the strength to put herself back together, another girl who had to grow up too soon but found the love of her life in a crazy french photographer and a boy who isn't a bad boy while also not being a good boy.

If there's another book on the way, I cannot wait for it!!!!!!

A Fun and quick read ;)

Oh, I almost forgot? My weaknesses? Both were portrayed in the book.
Book tittle? IN the book, definitely definitely IN it as much as it was on it. The whole photo thing revolves around it.
Book Cover? IN THE BOOK AS WELL!!! So watch out for it... Trust me on this one.

I give this book,
5= Clouds In The Heavens READ IT!



About the author,

J. A. Huss likes to write new adult books that make you think and keep you guessing. Her favorite genre to read is space opera, but since practically no one reads those books, she writes new adult science fiction, paranormal romance, contemporary romance, urban fantasy, and books about Junco (who refuses to be saddled with a label).

She has an undergraduate degree in horses, (yes, really–Thank you, Colorado State University) and a master’s degree in forensic toxicology from the University of Florida. She used to have a job driving around Colorado doing pretty much nothing but shooting the breeze with farmers, but now she just writes, runs the New Adult Addiction and Clean Teen Reads Book Blogs, and runs an online science classroom for homeschoolers.

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Friday, June 14, 2013

-Blog Tour Stop, Review + Giveaway- In Too Deep by Michelle Kemper Brownlow

Welcome BookPicERS to my stop on the IN TOO DEEP blog tour!
Be sure to check out the rest of the stops HERE and enter the amazing giveaway!

Now for my stop, I've got a spotlight, review and giveaway to share.
Let us begin :)

Hope you enjoy and trust me when I say, you have GOT to get this book!

(recommended for 16+ readers)
In Too Deep by Michelle Kemper Brownlow
Publication date: June 6th 2013
by Sapphire Star Publishing
Genre: New Adult Romance

Synopsis: 

*** Long- Gracie has just finished her freshman year of college in Memphis when she takes a job at a local pizza joint in her home town of McKenzie, Tennessee. She is the epitome of innocence when she meets Noah. Noah is unabashedly handsome, intriguingly reckless and just cocky enough to be sexy. Gracie’s instincts tell her to stay far away from him and based on the stories she hears from her co-workers he leaves broken hearts in his wake. But still, she can’t explain her fascination with him.

Noah puts aside his bad boy ways when what he thought was a summer crush has him unexpectedly falling in love. But soon after Gracie transfers to UT Knoxville to be with Noah, their unexpected love becomes riddled with anger, deceit and humiliation.

Jake, Noah’s former roommate and Gracie’s best friend, can no longer be a bystander. Gracie’s world falls out from beneath her and when she breaks she turns to Jake for strength. As Jake talks her through a decision she’s not yet strong enough to make, together they uncover a truth so ugly neither of them is prepared for its fallout. Will Jake pull her to the surface or is Gracie Jordan finally In Too Deep? ***

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My Thoughts


There is just so much a heart can take, a girl can fight, a smile can falter.
There is just so much that a boy can hurt, a glare can cower, a word can break.

An extremely beautifully crafted novel, a talented author, and a heart-wrenching story. I loved every single word in it!

Gracie, oh Gracie, how I suffered for and with you. How I hated and loved you, how I sometimes wanted to hug you while others I just really wanted to shake you.
Gracie's character can't even be called a character. I thought of her as a person, as a living person, one who was close to me throughout the whole read of the book. I thought of her as a friend that needed me and yet didn't have me because as much as I wanted to get inside the story, inside the book, inside of all the character's lives... I couldn't.

- ...the love and affection I craved from Noah was being dangled in front of me. It gave me hope that the Noah I fell in love with was clawing to get out. I couldn't give up on him now. - 

Gracie's sweet, innocent, funny, smiley, if a bit shy. But she's a good girl, not boring, not anything that would scream at you "get away I'm a loner" nope. Though she tended to be a bit naive, I could have not liked her more. She's an incredible person with a huge heart and even a bigger mind. 
The one tiny little problem?

She loves the person that doesn't want or maybe doesn't let other people love him.

Though, Noah DOES love her, in his terms and his way but from what I could read and gather he did love her and maybe still does... 

But I think he didn't know how to love her afterwards... When life happened, when school happened, when the distance happened, when one thing and the other came and Gracie's place in Noah's life started to drop in ranking...
He didn't know how to lover her and he knew even less how to let her go.

And that's when everything fell apart and the story really begins...

And you know where does that happen???

In the VERY BEGINNING OF THE BOOK!

- "... I don't deserve you. I guess in a twisted sort of way, I push you away to save you." -

We get flashes of the past in between what happens in the present and there... Among those...
We meet Jake, whom I loved from the start.

Jake who so carefully and lovingly picked up the pieces when Noah went too far; Jake, who could with just one touch calm Gracie's thoughts, breath and heartbeat; Jake, who with every single word started teaching Gracie her value.
Jake, who was simply perfect.

I didn't know, I didn't understand why some girls stay in decaying and self-destructive, abusive relationships. But after reading this, I got a glimpse inside a head of one.

Sometimes we don't know we're near the waves, sometimes we don't know we've taken that step closer to them, sometimes we don't see that half our bodies have already been submerged in the water...
Sometimes it takes trying to take a breath to see that we're in too deep.

-My body landed softly, somewhere. I was finally in so deep that I reached the bottom. There's no air on the bottom. People suffer here.-

There's hope, there's love and there's trust for all of you who've been there or are still there. Inside, drowning, trying to scream for help...

Some will try to reason that they're fine, that the water burns their lungs but not too much and maybe it'll come a time when it'll be too late for them... But for now. For now you can all be saved. 

You have so much value, you are worth so much more. 

Pain isn't love, abuse isn't love, sadness isn't love, sobbing isn't love, bruises whether physical or emotional aren't love, lying isn't love.

Love is happiness, sacrifice, trust, smiles, laughter, happy tears, fighting together to destroy that which tears you apart.

Michelle Kemper's writing was astounding and fresh. Her book was all her, her voice was loud and clear and her description of every little thing perfect.

I couldn't have asked for a better debut novel.

Everyone should watch out for this author who'll have you with a broken heart in a minute and a mended and glowing heart the next.

- When I looked in the mirror, I no longer saw the girl I used to be. I let [...] pull me this way and that way, then finally let him pull me apart, and he left behind only a fraction of who I once was. -

We're worth infinite happiness. All of us. Never settle :)

My weaknesses?
BOTH were put right there on display. The cover is absolutely gorgeous and goes perfectly well with the story and the tittle? Insane and right to the heart of the book. It was IN it as much as it was ON it.

A heartbreaking-eye opener debut novel that grabs your heart and mind since the very first page without you noticing until you're in too deep to let go. Raw, happy, gritty, sad, and oh so very real. Michelle Kemper is one author to watch out for.

Recommended to fans of Michelle D. Argyle (The Breakaway) & Jamie McGuire (Beautiful Disaster) ^_^

"Two people walking in the same direction."

I give this book,
5= Clouds In The Heavens READ IT!


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Meet the author!

Michelle Kemper Brownlow has been a storyteller her entire life. Her debut was on the high school cheerleading bus granting requests to re-tell her most embarrassing moments for a gaggle of hysterical squadmates.

Earning her Bachelor’s degree from Penn State University in Art Education and then marrying her very own “Jake,” she moved to Binghamton, NY where she taught high school. After having two children she quit work and finished her Master’s degree in Elementary Education at Binghamton University.

The Brownlow family of four moved to Michelle’s hometown of Morgantown, PA while the children were still quite young. A few years after moving, her family grew by one when they welcomed a baby into their home through the gift of adoption. The family still resides in PA, just miles from where that high school cheer bus was parked.

Michelle has been an artist for as long as she can remember, always choosing pencils and crayons over toys and puzzles. As a freelance illustrator, her simple characters play the starring roles in numerous emergent reader books published by Reading Reading Books.

“Writing is my way of making sense of the world. When I give my characters life on the pages I write, it frees up space in my mind to welcome in new stories that are begging to be told,” says Brownlow.


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