Friday, April 24, 2015

Alternative Free Fridays + Weekly E-Book Deals


Not interested in the weekly Free Fridays title offered by Barnes and Noble?
I'm usually not, either!

I thought about it and realized just how many free e-books I've found and downloaded onto my nook. I decided to start sharing some freebies with you!

No matter your e-reader, no matter if you get the official weekly book or not,  I hope you enjoy my alternatives!

E-Book Deals of the Week:

(I own a nook, so that's where I look for deals, but these should also be available on Kindle, Kobo, iBooks, etc!)


***Some of Terry Pratchett's Discworld books and Jennifer Esteps Mythos Academy books are on sale, so if you're interested, take a peek at both series!***
 
99¢
THE WARRIOR HEIR by Cinda Williams Chima
THE GOLDEN APPLE by Michelle Diener
 
$1.99
CRUEL BEAUTY by Rosamund Hodge
THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US by Kasie West
PRINCE OF FOOLS by Mark Lawrence 
ILLUMINATE by Aimee Agresti 
THE FALCONER by Elizabeth May

$2.99

TALON by Julie Kagawa
THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE by Jennifer E. Smith
JESSICA DARLING'S IT LIST by Megan McCafferty
I AM THE WEAPON by Allen Zadoff
AIMEE AND THE HEARTTHROB by Ophelia London
CINDER by Marissa Meyer

CRESS by Marissa Meyer
SWEETHEARTS by Sara Zarr

$3.99
RED by Alyxandra Harvey
GRETA AND THE GLASS KINGDOM by Chloe Jacobs
ROYALLY LOST by Angie Stanton

SNAPSHOT by Angie Stanton 
SEVERED SOULS by Terry Goodkind
AMERICAN GODS by Neil Gaiman

$4.99
THE WALLED CITY by Ryan Graudin
DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth
ELEANOR AND PARK by Rainbow Rowell
FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell
POISON PRINCESS by Kresley Cole
UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT by Angie Stanton
CROWN DUEL by Sherwood Smith


This week's Free Book Spotlight:


Title: STARSTRUCK
Author:  Brenda Hiatt
 

Available FOR FREE from:

WHY?


This one popped up on my Facebook feed last night because a friend had liked the page. STARSTRUCK seems like a book with potential, so I figured, "Why not, it's free," and downloaded it to give it a try!

This indie book also gets bonus points for having an interesting, well-formed cover!


Here's a brief summary:


SUMMARY: 

Nerdy astronomy geek Marsha, M to her few friends, has never been anybody special. Orphaned as an infant and reluctantly raised by an overly-strict “aunt,” she’s not even sure who she is. 

M’s dream of someday escaping tiny Jewel, Indiana and making her mark in the world seems impossibly distant until hot new quarterback Rigel inexplicably befriends her. As Rigel turns his back on fawning cheerleaders to spend time with M, strange things start to happen: her acne clears up, her eyesight improves to the point she can ditch her thick glasses, and when they touch, sparks fly—literally! 

When M digs for a reason, she discovers deep secrets that will change her formerly humdrum life forever . . . and expose her to perils she never dreamed of. Yes, the middle of nowhere just got a lot more interesting!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

{Review/Vlog} THE QUEEN OF THE TEARLING by Erika Johansen



THE QUEEN OF THE TEARLING was one of the 2014 titles with the most buzz!
It was even optioned to be a movie before it was ever published
(Starring Emma Watson, at that!)

The book just came out in paperback, and the sequel comes out in hardcover on June 9th, which is a little over a month away!

To celebrate, I've done a brand-new design vlog taking a look at the paperback edition of this book:

(I also figured out how to make a new video intro. Do you like this style better???)


YouTube Link

(Which cover/design do YOU like better???
I'm curious!!!)

I'm also re-posting my review of the first book.

Stop back in June for my thoughts on THE INVASION OF THE TEARLING!!!


O P E N I N G   H O O K:

    KELSEA GLYNN SAT VERY STILL, watching the troop approach her homestead. The men rode as a military company, with outliers on the corners, all dressed in the grey of the Tearling royal guard. The riders' cloaks swayed as they rode, revealing their costly weapons: swords and short knives, all of them of Mortmesne steel. One man even had a mace; Kelsea could see its spiked head protruding from his saddle. The sullen way they guided their horses toward the cottage made things very clear: they didn't want to be here.
(Page 1, US hardcover edition)


What's different about THE QUEEN OF THE TEARLING is that Kelsea Glynn has always known her destiny. She's not a hidden princess plucked from her ordinary existence as a peasant and thrust into royalty. Instead, she's studied and built the role up in her mind. She's made her mother into something she's not. When her mother dies, Kelsea must put all of her studies to use and repair the broken kingdom she's inherited before it's destroyed by war. There's so much more to being the Queen of the Tearling than Kelsea ever thought possible, both good and bad, and only her actions will decide if she lives or dies, and if her country will rise or fall. 

THE QUEEN OF THE TEARLING is one of those books. You will love it or you will hate it. I've heard a lot of mixed things about this one already! I think the reason for the conflicting viewpoints it the way this has been super-marketed. "The next big thing since Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games!" I thought the book was a good start to an immersive new series that I'm interested in continuing. Do I think it's the best book in the entire world? No. But it has so much potential! Is it like the two series referenced? I can see similarities, but it's really its own story. There's so much happening in the first book that it does move slowly at times, but there are other parts that flash past. There's a lot of world-building at play, and I'm looking forward to seeing the story open up and become epic and sprawling in future books. This is one where you'll have to read it and make up your own mind. Don't rely on anyone's review!

One thing I really loved was the way readers were introduced to Tearling history at the start of each chapter. I don't always read the anecdotes that begin a chapter; in this book, I relished seeing each and every one because they enhanced the novel. My other favorite element was a character, the Fetch. His scenes were absolutely my favorite ones, and there's so much more to him than we're seeing right now. I'm looking forward to seeing more and more of him in future books. He absolutely captivated me, and I can see why he blindsided Kelsea right away as well. We didn't see him all that much in the first book, but I can already tell he'll play a big part in the series, and I'm already building theories! I'm glad readers were able to follow his POV a bit, and that the book wasn't 100% from Kelsea's POV. We even saw things through the eyes of villains such as the Red Queen.

Another interesting element that made THE QUEEN OF THE TEARLING stand out was the way it read like old-school fantasy, but took place far in the future. I would have believed you if you told me this took place centuries ago...until current literature was referred to as being really old, and modern science such as recessive genes were discussed. Then I realized just how much changed and was lost after the Crossing that changed the world. It took a while to wrap my head around the notion and pulled me out of the book a little at first, but then I thought about it and really appreciated the way a world can come so full-circle. Everyone says that history repeats itself. Here is proof! The world is much darker and more disturbing, which is where, I think, some of The Hunger Games comparisons come into play (but no spoilers!).

THE QUEEN OF THE TEARLING is being marketed as an adult fantasy with YA crossover appeal. I can see the appeal, since Kelsea is 17 years old and stepping into a new role in life, which is the type of coming of age story that the YA genre loves most. At the same time, there are a lot of dark issues, adult scenes, and brutality in the book's pages, so I would only recommend this one to older teens mature enough to handle the issues introduced. I was definitely intrigued by this new series and can't wait to see with author Erika Johansen takes us next as she continues fleshing out her world and deepening her characters.
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C O N T E N T R A T I N G S

Content Ratings: highlight between ( ) for details

Romance: PG15+ ( sexual situations )
Language: PG13+ ( I don't remember b/c I read this so long ago, but I'm pretty sure it had language )
Violence: PG15+ ( fighting, death )
Other: --
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C O V E R   D E S I G N:

This book has a lot of great design in person. It's got the look of a fantasy and the bling that makes you sit up and take notice! 

And it has deckle edging. Be still my heart!!!

Here's a video peeking at this gorgeous book up close and personal:


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O F F I C I A   I N F O:

Title: THE QUEEN OF THE TEARLING
Author: Erika Johansen
Release Date: July 8, 2014
Publisher: Harper Collins
Received: For Review
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18365279-the-castle-behind-thorns
SUMMARY:

On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen’s Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon—from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic—to prevent her from wearing the crown.

Despite her royal blood, Kelsea feels like nothing so much as an insecure girl, a child called upon to lead a people and a kingdom about which she knows almost nothing. But what she discovers in the capital will change everything, confronting her with horrors she never imagined. An act of singular daring will throw Kelsea’s kingdom into tumult, unleashing the vengeance of the tyrannical ruler of neighboring Mortmesne: the Red Queen, a sorceress possessed of the darkest magic. Now Kelsea will begin to discover whom among the servants, aristocracy, and her own guard she can trust.

But the quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun—a wondrous journey of self-discovery and a trial by fire that will make her a legend…if she can survive.

THE QUEEN OF THE TEARLING introduces readers to a world as fully imagined and terrifying as that of THE HUNGER GAMES, with characters as vivid and intriguing as those of THE GAME OF THRONES, and a wholly original heroine. Combining thrilling action and twisting plot turns, it is a magnificent debut from the talented Erika Johansen.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

{Review/Excerpt/Giveaway} THE TRUTH ABOUT US by Janet Gurtler


I've previously reviewed two other novels
by Janet Gurtler,
How I Lost You
and 
#16ThingsIThoughtWereTrue

Janet has also stopped by ABS during Girls in Sports week with an awesome guest post,
"Playing Like a Girl!"


O P E N I N G   L I N E:


    I HAVE FIFTEEN MINUTES to get home. It's a twenty-five-minute walk. 
    I'm so dead.
 
(pg 9, US e-ARC edition)

Sometimes, you meet a character and you just want to smack him or her upside the head. Especially when the character goes through little character growth throughout the novel. When a character grows and blossoms and becomes lovable, however, you want to embrace those character flaws and really root for him or her. Luckily, in THE TRUTH ABOUT US by Janet Gurtler, Jess falls into the second camp and becomes very personable as the novel progresses despite her flawed introduction.

Jess is privileged, and she knows it. She's always been a good girl, but with her new friends, she's more reckless and doing things she never would have before. After getting caught by a friend's mother, Jess is GROUNDED. Not just grounded, but she now has to spend her entire summer helping out at a local soup kitchen. What starts off as a mundane and boring summer quickly becomes a summer that Jess will never forget. She meets people at the soup kitchen that enhance and change her life for the better, and even falls in love despite the odds set against a rich girl and a poor boy.

I really like the way Janet Gurtler developed Jess and forced her to see the world through new eyes. It felt very real and down-to-earth. Jess began to change even as the world she came from remained the same. She started to figure out who she was and what she wanted in life. There's a strong emotional core running through the novel, which delves into the relationships we make in life. Not just romantic attachments, but attachments with bosses and friends and the elderly. Expectations are turned upside down and blossom into something new. There is, of course, romance, too. Flynn is from the wrong side of the tracks and frowned upon by Jess' friends and family, but there is so much depth to him that it's hard to stay away. She knows he's down on his luck, that if circumstance was different, Flynn and his family wouldn't be where they are today. The way Gurtler resolves everyone's issues is unexpected, but it works, and reminds me of why I like her novels so much!


THE TRUTH ABOUT US
by Janet Gurtler


My face burns.
“What are you doing here?” he asks.
Wilf frowns and then looks at me. “What’s up with you kids these days? In my time, we treated nice--looking young ladies with respect,” he says to Flynn gruffly. “Flynn, this is Jess. She volunteers here.”
I say a silent thank--you to him for calling me nice--looking and glance back at Flynn.
“Since when?” he asks.
“Since now. How about, ‘hello, nice to meet you’?” Wilf says to prompt both of us. “Is that so hard?”
“We’ve already met,” Flynn says.
My cheeks stay on fire as he climbs down the ladder.
“The shelf is fixed,” he says to Wilf. “Slumming?” he adds to me as he jumps to the floor. He folds up the ladder and then leans it against a counter lined with plants.
The little boy stares back and forth.
I try to think of something light and witty to save the moment, but my mind is blank. Instead, I panic. “What’d you do to get stuck working at this place?” I say, channeling my inner Nance.
“What’d I do?” He stares at me and then his lips turn up. “I didn’t have the right daddy, I guess. I’m here to have lunch. With my little brother. I’m not a volunteer.”
My stomach drops. Fail. Epic fail.


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C O N T E N T R A T I N G S

Content Ratings: highlight between ( ) for details

Romance: PG13 ( kissing; innuendo )
Language: PG13 ( language such as "beey-otch" and "slutty;" one f-bomb )
Violence: --
Other:  ( underage drinking, underage smoking; flashing on video chat )
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C O V E R   D E S I G N:


This cover doesn't reach out and scream, "Read me!" but it's also very contemporary. I tend to overlook contemporary covers. ^^;;; 

I do like the way the word TRUTH is a different color from the rest of the title, and the way the author's name doesn't mimic that color--or even any color in the title! Instead, it's white like the blurring at the top of the cover, like the white in the cracks of the bricks, like the white in both t-shirts. It makes it stand out.
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O F F I C I A L   I N F O:

Title:  THE TRUTH ABOUT US
Author: Janet Gurtler
Release Date: April 7, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Received: For Review
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17558817-be-with-me
SUMMARY:

A powerful and gripping contemporary YA from the author of I'm Not Her that's "Just right for fans of Sarah Dessen and Jodi Picoult."-Booklist

The truth is that Jess knows she screwed up.
She's made mistakes, betrayed her best friend, and now she's paying for it. Her dad is making her spend the whole summer volunteering at the local soup kitchen.

The truth is she wishes she was the care-free party-girl everyone thinks she is.
She pretends it's all fine. That her "perfect" family is fine. But it's not. And no one notices the lie...until she meets Flynn. He's the only one who really sees her. The only one who listens.

The truth is that Jess is falling apart – and no one seems to care.
But Flynn is the definition of "the wrong side of the tracks." When Jess's parents look at him they only see the differences-not how much they need each other. They don't get that the person who shouldn't fit in your world... might just be the one to make you feel like you belong.  

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Monday, April 20, 2015

{Review/Author Interview/Giveaway} BREATHE, ANNIE, BREATHE by Miranda Kenneally {+JESSE'S GIRL Preview!}



BREATHE, ANNIE, BREATHE
by Miranda Kenneally
just came out in paperback
with a brand-new look!!!

To celebrate, today I'm
interviewing Miranda,
giving away a copy of ANNIE
(bottom of this post),
and re-posting my review!
 
Didn't read CATCHING JORDANSTEALING PARKER, THINGS I CAN'T FORGET, or RACING SAVANNAH? Catch up with my reviews!

Take a peek at an old interview from 2011 and see how much things have changed for Miranda (not to mention the look of this blog)!

And check out my Girls in Sports Week interview with Miranda!
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An interview with 
Miranda Kenneally


Growing up in Tennessee, Miranda Kenneally dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliché!), or a UN interpreter. Instead she writes, and works for the State Department in Washington, D.C., where George W. Bush once used her shoulder as an armrest. Miranda loves Twitter, Star Trek and her husband.

Visit Miranda on her websiteTwitter, and Facebook!

 I love that so many of your books take place in Hundred Oaks and that readers often get glimpses of characters from prior books, such as the inclusion of Jeremiah's older brother Matt from THINGS I CAN'T FORGET. What made you decide to entwine your stories together in these small ways? Do you think that someday we'll see the stories of descendants of characters from previous novels?

Favorite scene: 

There is a scene where Jeremiah and Annie go camping. They are very much just friends at this point in the book, but there is some sexual tension going on. What I love about the scene is how Annie talks about missing her deceased boyfriend's back-scratches, so Jeremiah scratches her back for her. I think it shows a strong intimacy between them.

Hardest scene: 

The scene after Annie hooks up with Jeremiah for the first time. Annie feels very guilty and worries that she's betrayed her deceased boyfriend by fooling around with a guy she barely knows. It was hard to "show" her guilt, meaning, I didn't want Annie to just say "I feel guilty." I showed her taking a shower and scalding herself with hot water. I also had her obsessing about times in the past she felt guilty, and how that compares with hooking up, because she thinks that's so much worse. I worked on that scene for months.

So many of your books tackle tough issues many teens face. How do you decide which topics to feature and incorporate into your writing?

I just start writing and the issues come out naturally with the plot. I don't really sit down and think, "I'm going to write a book about bullying today." Rather, I start writing and see what happens. 

BREATHE, ANNIE, BREATHE revolves around grief and the way it permanently changes us, especially when we didn't know somebody that well in the first place but were still affected by his/her passing. What advice can you give to teens who are grieving?

It's important to know there is no "right" way to grieve. You can grieve however you want, for as long as you want, and don't let other people give you time limits or set expectations for when you'll be "over it." You never get over a death; it becomes a part of your life that might fade over time, or it might not, and that's okay.

 I love how honest your books are. I'm not athletic, but I didn't realize just how much goes into being good at a sport you like. Annie's motives for participating in a marathon are pure, but I had no clue that some people may not physically be built to do certain activities even if they have a desire to do so. How do you figure out which sports/activities to include in your novel and what aspects of that field to highlight and turn into larger topics?

With Jordan playing football, that just popped into my head one day. I used to run long-distances and did a marathon, I played softball, and I went camping a lot as a kid, so it was easy to write Annie, Parker and Kate's books. Savannah was another story - I knew absolutely nothing about horses, but I wanted to write another book where the girl is firmly in a "man's world" doing a traditionally male sport.  For my next book JESSE'S GIRL, the main character loves music. I also loved music as a teen and performed in a few choirs, so it was easy to get into Maya's head.  As for what turns into a larger issue in the book, it really depends on how the overarching plot is playing out, and what's in line with the character.

 I've been lucky enough to read your next novel, JESSE'S GIRL, and can't wait to tell everyone about it this summer. It's my favorite book you've written to date! What tidbits can you tell readers looking forward to July's release? What's your favorite thing about your new novel?

Thank you! The main character, Maya, is Sam Henry's little sister, so readers will get to see what's going on with Sam and Jordan. They are around a lot in the book - causing trouble of course. My favorite thing about the book is Jesse himself! He's sexy, funny, and damaged.

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O P E N I N G   H O O K:


    AS A KID, I HAD THE WORST MILE TIME EVER.
    Our gym teacher made us run the mile a few times a year for something called the Presidential Fitness Test. I’d huff and puff and wonder why the hell President Bush cared how fast I could run laps around the playground. I always came in dead last.
    Most of the boys could run a mile in eight or nine minutes. The girls usually came in around ten. And there I was, scooting in at over thirteen minutes. Truth be told, running bored the hell out of me. I’d rather have been doing word problems.
    Today I’m running five miles along the Little Duck River. If I finish, this will be the farthest I’ve ever run. I know I’ll finish—there’s no way I can give up.Because I’m doing this for him.
(Page 3, US ARC edition)



Annie has never liked to run. She was always the worst in school, but her deceased boyfriend Kyle was a runner. He'd been training for a marathon that was important to him, and Annie decides to race in his honor. But...she still isn't very good at running. Sometimes, it makes her stomach hurt. Sometimes, her legs are like jelly. Does she have what it takes to cross the finish line and honor Kyle? To prepare, she's hired a marathon trainer. His sessions are grueling, but thanks to them, she meets Jeremiah. He has the potential to help her move on, but he's not supposed to date anyone in his brother's program. But it's only his belief in her that will help Annie suck up her courage and keep trying even after a normal person would give up and cut their losses.

Miranda Kenneally books have a lot of heart. There's always an issue at play that is important, one that needs to be addressed in YA literature. In BREATHE, ANNIE, BREATHE, we're dealing with a girl struggling to cope after her boyfriend's death...a boyfriend she'd only just gotten back together with after a bad breakup. She's messed up and wondering if the accident was, in a way, her fault. They'd been arguing over their wishes for the future. Kyle wanted to get married right away, and Annie wanted to get through college first. There aren't enough YA titles with the aftermath of grief, with the wish to do something epic in someone else's name in order to honor their memory. That is the core of Annie's journey. She's not good at what she's doing, not a natural athlete like so many of Kenneally's other characters in previous books. But she has guts, determination, willpower. She's going to do this impossible thing, even if her body isn't capable of it. Not everyone is built for distance running. Not everyone can finish a 26-mile marathon, even serious athletes. Kenneally focuses on the drive and will to succeed, and creates a story that brings life to a voice that needs to be heard in YA.

Kenneally's books are also full of fun and tradition. While they all take place in the town of Hundred Oaks, you don't have to read any book in order to dive right in. If you have read other books in the series, you get sneak cameos that add to the fun, but you aren't missing out on anything! For example, in BERATHE, ANNIE, BREATHE, Annie's trainer is Matt from THINGS I CAN'T FORGET, and her love interest is his younger brother Jeremiah! We also get a sneak peek at the grown-up lives of a couple of the "original" generation of characters! (I wouldn't be at all surprised to see stories about the children of some of the original characters someday down the road!)

I definitely hope that Kenneally continues writing books in this world. I like the combination of sports (there's definitely a readership for this type of book; there aren't enough sports featured in YA!) and issues that aren't always focused on and brought to life. Kenneally has an unusual, unique voice that stands out in contemporary YA. I've said it before and I'll say it again: She's going to be a contemporary staple, one of those authors others are compared to.
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C O N T E N T R A T I N G S

Content Ratings: highlight between ( ) for details

Romance: PG15 ( sexual situations )
Language: PG13 ( swearing and innuendo )
Violence:--
Other: --
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C O V E R   D E S I G N:

(The following analysis is for the hardcover edition of this book:)

 

This cover has gone through a few revisions before becoming what it is today. While it doesn't match the tone of the other covers, it also doesn't need to. 

I also have a soft spot for covers with "chalk" designs that look like the model is in front of a chalkboard or some such. For example, I really adore the playfulness of this cover:


While the idea behind this cover isn't exactly the same as the one for BREATHE, ANNIE, BREATHE, it's a similar concept because neither sky is real. It's just whimsical and fun, and I really like that about both covers!

I also love the interior treatment. Every so often, readers are treated to a peek at Annie's log book and able to see the progress she's making:


 What's cool is that you see that sheet  become creased once it's folded up over time. You see doodles added in the margins. It feels REAL, and it makes Annie's journey seem like something that could be happening in real life. I thought the treatment of her training schedule was such an awesome addition, and always looked forward to seeing her progress!
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O F F I C I A   I N F O:

Title: BREATHE, ANNIE, BREATHE
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Release Date: July 15, 2013
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Received: For Review (BEA Copy)
SUMMARY:

Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can’t escape the guilt that if she hadn’t broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. So to honor his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race.

But the training is even more grueling than Annie could have imagined. Despite her coaching, she’s at war with her body, her mind—and her heart. With every mile that athletic Jeremiah cheers her on, she grows more conflicted. She wants to run into his arms…and sprint in the opposite direction. For Annie, opening up to love again may be even more of a challenge than crossing the finish line.

"BREATHE, ANNIE, BREATHE is an emotional, heartfelt, and beautiful story about finding yourself after loss and learning to love. It gave me so many feels. Her best book yet."
 — Jennifer Armentrout, New York Times bestselling author of WAIT FOR YOU




I am SO EXCITED to tell you guys about JESSE'S GIRL. I recently finished reading it this past weekend and can I just say...

It is my favorite of all of Miranda Kenneally's books to date.  
And yes, I've read them ALL.

Granted, if you stuck with me last fall during my A Week of Shooting Stars event, you'll know that I already have a soft spot for books featuring musicials or actors. I also love what a personal book this is for Miranda, and can't wait for you to read it in July! I'm seriously holding my tongue right now, bookworms. I want to give you all the details NOW and I CAN'T! But it is SO GOOD and you are going to want this book!

Need more than my word? How about this excerpt to tide you over?
As much as I love music, I am generally not a fan of country. I don’t like banjos. I don’t like sappy lyrics about trucks and hauling hay. Dolly Parton is my mortal enemy—my mom plays “Jolene” over and over and over and over, and it makes me want to chop my ears off like van Gogh. Yeah, yeah, I’m from Tennessee, where it’s a crime if you don’t love country, but I like deep, rumbling beats and singing loud and fast and hard. I do not like closing my eyes and crooning to a cow in the pasture. Yet here I am at a Jesse Scott concert, getting ready to meet him and to see if he’ll let me shadow him next Friday.

My school requires every senior to “shadow” a professional for a day. It’s their way of helping us figure out what kind of career we want. Like, if you want to be president when you grow up, you might get to shadow the mayor. Want to be a chef? Have fun kneading dough at the Donut Palace. When I said “I want to be a musician,” I figured they’d send me to work in the electronics section at Walmart.

I certainly never expected to shadow the king of country music.

It turns out that Jesse Scott is my principal’s nephew. Jesse won TV’s Wannabe Rocker when he was ten and has gone on to become very successful. In sixth grade, every girl in class—myself included—took the Teen Beat quiz: “Would Jesse Scott Like Your Kissing Style?” (Obviously the answer was yes.) In middle school, I had a Jesse Scott poster on my ceiling. It’s hard to believe he’s only eighteen, because he’s already won three Grammys. When he was younger, his songs were about family, fishing, and playing baseball, but lately they’re about love and making love and all things sexy.

I wouldn’t say I’m a fan anymore, but I would never give up an opportunity to learn from a professional with such a gorgeous, pure voice. I want to learn what it’s like to perform day in and day out. Despite what everyone and their mom says—that I’ll struggle as a musician—all I want is to play guitar in front of a crowd and hear people cheer for me.

I can’t believe I’m backstage at the Grand Ole Opry! I bounce on my toes. Jesus, is that an archtop Super 4, the model Elvis played? I’ve never seen one in real life. It probably cost more than my house. I’m ogling the guitar when Jesse Scott comes out of the bathroom, drying his hair with a towel. He pads across the room to the couch, wearing nothing but a pair of rugged jeans with more holes than Swiss cheese. The lighting is dim, and he doesn’t seem to notice I’m here, which is good, because I’ve moved from ogling the guitar to ogling him.

Who wouldn’t? He was one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People,” and it is a truth universally acknowledged that you should stare at people who’ve made that list. The guy’s gorgeous. Like in the boy-next-door way. His wet, wavy, brown hair curls around his ears and nearly hits his shoulders, and while he doesn’t have a six-pack or anything, his body is fit. I wish he’d look my way so I can see his famous brown eyes. They always remind me of those caramel chews Poppy gives me when I visit. Jesse has some sort of Gaelic symbol tattooed on his left shoulder blade. I want to reach out and trace the design.

God, get ahold of yourself, Maya. Don’t be a horndog. Besides, he’s so not my type. I don’t do pretty boys.


 And since I already know that you're going to want it, you might as well pre-order and get some cool goodies, right!?


The following information is from Sourcebooks!

In celebration of Miranda’s new book, Sourcebooks Fire is offering some really cool stuff for readers, fans, etc.

Everyone who emails teenfire@sourcebooks.com will automatically receive an email of the EXCLUSIVE Jesse’s Girl Playlist, and will be invited to attend a LIVE online author event on July 6, the day before Jesse’s Girl goes on-sale!

In addition, if you pre-order the book and send your proof of purchase (and mailing address) to teenfire@sourcebooks.com, you’ll not only get the exclusive playlist and event invite, but you’ll also receive a signed/personalized bookplate, a super-cute custom guitar pick, and entered to win a $300 gift card to TicketMaster so you can go to a concert or musical or some other fun event.


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Title:  JESSE'S GIRL
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Release Date: July 7, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
SUMMARY:

Practice Makes Perfect.

Everyone at Hundred Oaks High knows that career mentoring day is a joke. So when Maya Henry said she wanted to be a rock star, she never imagined she’d get to shadow *the* Jesse Scott, Nashville’s teen idol.But spending the day with Jesse is far from a dream come true. He’s as gorgeous as his music, but seeing all that he’s accomplished is just a reminder of everything Maya’s lost: her trust, her boyfriend, their band, and any chance to play the music she craves. 

Not to mention that Jesse’s pushy and opinionated. He made it on his own, and he thinks Maya’s playing back up to other people’s dreams. Does she have what it takes to follow her heart—and go solo?

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