{Blog Tour} Interview + Giveaway: There Will Come a Time by Carrie Arcos

Friday, May 30, 2014

There Will Come a Time
Title: There Will Come a Time
Author: Carrie Arcos
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Date of Publication: April 15, 2014

Mark grapples with the loss of his twin sister in this heart-wrenching novel of grief and resilience from National Book Award finalist Carrie Arcos.

Mark knows grief. Ever since the accident that killed his twin sister, Grace, the only time he feels at peace is when he visits the bridge on which she died. Comfort is fleeting, but it’s almost within reach when he’s standing on the wrong side of the suicide bars. Almost.

Grace’s best friend, Hanna, says she understands what he’s going through. But she doesn't. She can’t. It’s not just the enormity of his loss. As her twin, Mark should have known Grace as well as he knows himself. Yet when he reads her journal, it’s as if he didn't know her at all.

As a way to remember Grace, Hanna convinces Mark to complete Grace’s bucket list from her journal. Mark’s sadness, anger, and his growing feelings for Hanna threaten to overwhelm him. But Mark can’t back out. He made a promise to honor Grace—and it’s his one chance to set things right.

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So I have previously reviewed THERE WILL COME A TIME here at my blog and I gave it four stars!! You can click on the title to go to my review. Anyway, I love TWCaT and with the main character being a Filipino-American, Pinoy Book Tours just can't let that pass so we toured the book. #WeNeedDiverseBooks Represent!

Today's the last day of the tour and we're ending it with two interviews with Carrie! After reading my interview with Carrie, you can go to Mr. Book Wonder to read more!

INTERVIEW WITH CARRIE ARCOS

What are the top 5 things in your bucket list?

My top five (for today, because I’m always changing my mind about things) are:
To write a SF novel
To travel to Italy, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Philippines ( :-) ) and South Africa—basically travel more. I’ve already been to so many places. I want to see more of the world!
To start racing again (running)
To see my kids graduate from college
To buy a house in LA

Do you personally play an instrument?

I sing and play a little acoustic guitar. By little, I mean I know chords and all of that.

How did you celebrate the publishing of There Will Come a Time?

We went out for pho as a family. I also had a big book launch party at a local bookstore for family and friends. I was so touched by how many people came out and bought books.

Do you read reviews of your books?

I do actually. When my first book came out, I read some terrible reviews that got me down for days. They were terrible because they were just mean. I remember one said my writing was “serviceable” and another said how much it sucked and how they hated it and the ending and that they were upset that they couldn’t get the time spent reading the book back. You just have to kind of laugh at it.

Not everyone is going to love your book. Just like I don’t love everything I read. But you know, it’s not like anyone sits around saying, so how can I write a book that really sucks. I want this to be terrible. So now I try to stay about from the mean ones. Like if it’s a 1 or even 2 star, I may not read it. But I also learned from the constructive ones that pointed out why they didn’t love the book. I don’t read all of them.

I’ll for sure read the professional trade reviews. I’ve been so happy with the ones for There Will Come a Time because all the trade ones have been great. Yay! And other people have contacted me through twitter and my website with their positive reviews. I love that. I always respond personally because that person has taken the time out to contact me.

What is your best or most unforgettable moment with a fan?

I haven’t had too many personal moments, but I’d say there have been a few online interactions that have been special. It’s the ones, with Out of Reach, that have had a similar journey with a loved one who is a drug addict. The ones who wrote to tell me how I got it right with the book and how it helped them heal a little and/or gave them hope. Those were special because I wrote the book for them, to give voice to the family members who are often in so much pain themselves. I’ve saved those notes.

Do you have any books with diverse characters you'd like to recommend?

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Shermin Alexie
American Born Chinese by Gene Lung Yang
Round House by Louise Erdrich
Pointe by Bandy Colbert
Native Speaker by Chang Rae Lee
Ship Breaker by Paulo Bacigalupi
Inside out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Most of your books are contemporary YA novels. Are you interested in writing in a different genre or for a different audience?

I am. I would love to write a SF book one day. I’d also love to tackle a mystery.

Favorite color? Sea green
Favorite movie? Say Anything
Favorite ice cream flavor? Salted caramel
Favorite song? Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks by The National
Ultimate celebrity crush (dead or alive)? Timothy Olyphant

Hee, Timothy Olyphant. Hee. Thank you so much Carrie for gracing my blog with your very lovely presence! The tour is now over but the awesomeness doesn't stop! You can still join the giveaway to win 1 of 2 signed copies of THERE WILL COME A TIME! Thank you Carrie for the giveaway and just scroll down to join! Do check out the rest of the tour as many Filipino bloggers have posted their reviews and a lot of excerpts!

About Carrie Arcos

Carrie Arcos is a National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature for OUT OF REACH. She lives in Los Angeles with her family.

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{Blog Tour} Spotlight + Giveaway: Wings by Elizabeth Richards

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Hi y'all! Today, I have for you an excerpt from WINGS, the upcoming finale to the AWESOME POSSUM trilogy that is BLACK CITY, by Elizabeth Richards! You can win the whole series right here on my blog too! I've been part of the Philippine blog tours for the first two books and I can't wait to share my review for WINGS as well. Please come back on Saturday as well to read my review!

Wings (Black City, #3)
Title: Wings (Black City #3)
Author: Elizabeth Richards
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Date of Publication: June 12, 2014

Following the cliffhanger ending of Phoenix, Natalie finds herself separated from Ash and unexpectedly reunited with her parents, including the father she thought was dead. But she can only think of Ash. She hasn't heard a word of him since she and Elijah were brought to the underground headquarters of the Sentry Rebellion. But she vows to find him.

Ash, meanwhile is back in Black City; it's the perfect place to hide from the Sentry government. But not for long. He won't give up on Natalie or bringing an end to the terrible reign of Purian Rose.

A pulse-racing end to an exciting series.

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Check out my reviews of BLACK CITY and PHOENIX!

Excerpt

ASH

“Do you think Elijah and Natalie are dead?” Marcel says. “Sebastian reckons they are.”

God, just when I’m starting to warm up to that kid, he says something like that. The hairs on the back of my neck suddenly prickle as a faint, musky smell drifts into the Miniport, stinging my nostrils. I sniff the air again. Marcel scrunches up his nose—he’s smelled it too.

“Is that you?” he says, and I growl at him. “What? All you Darks stink to me.”

I look outside the open hatch. The street is silent, and yet something doesn't feel right. I can’t shake the feeling that something’s watching us.

“Let’s head back,” I murmur.

Marcel lets out a long sigh, like it’s the biggest chore in the world, and follows me outside. The instant we leave the aircraft, I know we’ve made a terrible mistake. A low, throaty growl comes from the roof of the airship. I slowly turn, my pulse racing, to look into the cold, steel eyes of a male Lupine, his silvery hair rippling into the cool breeze.

Behind us, there’s a teeth-tingling sound of claws against brick. I risk a glance over my shoulder to see a female Lupine slowly closing in on us. She’s dressed all in red. Around her throat is a choker made of Darkling fangs. Bounty hunters used to wear those during the first war. I swallow. The Sentry must've left the Lupines here to keep guard of the city—or what remains of it—and pick up any stragglers.

“I told you someone was staying at the Emissary’s old place, Dolph,” she says to the male Lupine. Then to me: “I saw the smoke coming from the window earlier. You ought to be more careful, sweetness. There are dangerous people out here.” She gives me a deadly smile.

“Run,” I whisper to Marcel, who is frozen beside me. “RUN!”

About Elizabeth Richards

Elizabeth Richards is an award-winning journalist, who spent her early career reviewing videogames before making the bold (or crazy) move into travel writing, despite suffering from terrible travel sickness.

In her spare time, she ran a successful lifestyle website aimed at teenage girls, where she got to interview many of her favourite bands, go to gigs and basically blag loads of free swag all in the name of ‘research’.

Elizabeth lives in Buckinghamshire, England, with her husband. Black City is her debut novel.

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{Blog Tour} Spotlight: Played by Liz Fichera

Monday, May 26, 2014

I'm kicking off the tour for PLAYED organized by Pinoy Book Tours with an excerpt! Follow the tour and by the end, you'd be able to read the first two chapters of the book. Yeehaw! PLAYED comes out tomorrow, May 27, so just one day and you can get it on your hands or your readers!

Played (Hooked, #2)
Title: Played (Hooked #2)
Author: Liz Fichera
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Date of Publication: May 27, 2014

This Game Is Getting All Too Real

He said: I like to keep under the radar and mostly hang out with my friends from the rez. But when I saved Riley Berenger from falling off a mountain, that rich suburban princess decided to try to save me.

She said: If I can help Sam Tracy win the heart of the girl he can't get over, I'll pay him back for helping me. I promised him I would, no matter what it takes.

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1

RILEY

Being the good daughter wasn’t easy.

First there was the guilt that gnawed at my self-esteem like a leech whenever I didn’t live up to my parents’ expectations. That guilt could be triggered by the smallest of things. Like when I snapped at Mom before school because I was late and she didn’t appreciate my lipstick shade, and she looked back at me with wide eyes as if wondering whether I was her real daughter or an imposter from outer space. Or when I pulled a B on a chemistry test (my least favorite subject) instead of the A Mom and Dad wanted. For the rest of the day, my anxiety was on overdrive.

Second, because I’ve had to overcompensate for my loser older brother for, like, ever, old habits were hard to break. The worse he behaved, the better I behaved, because I was the Designated Good Daughter, remember? So when Ryan would come home reeking of cigarettes and beer, or sometimes not at all, and Dad would corner me about him in the family room, I’d make excuses for him. “He had to go upstairs” or “He’s getting a cold” were my standbys as I feigned interest in whatever was playing on television. Being the perfect daughter, I got away with my little white lies, and my parents overlooked my brother’s shortcomings. It was easier that way. And even though Ryan had recently achieved Good Son status thanks to his new girlfriend, I couldn’t shake the feeling that I had to continue to be the glue that kept my family together.

Which was why it made no sense that I’d been going out of my way the past few months to be the Undesignated Bad Daughter. It was like there was another person inside of me with her hands on the controls, pushing my arms and legs, my mouth. My brain. She was definitely stronger than the normal, good me. But this strong part of me kept my confused and frustrated parts together, the ones that I tried to keep hidden from everybody.

You see, being the good daughter wasn’t something I wanted. It was just the way the universe arranged things. No rhyme or reason. I’d give anything for a do-over, a chance at some normalcy. A chance to make mistakes and not always feel like bad behavior meant I deserved banishment to a black vortex.

About Liz Fichera

I'm an American author living in the American Southwest by way of Chicago.

Born and raised in Park Ridge, Illinois, I moved to Phoenix, Arizona, after college, never expecting to live more than one year among cactus and people who’d never seen snow. I was wrong. It certainly didn't hurt that I met my future husband in Phoenix too.

Most of my stories are set in the American Southwest because I think the desert is a cool place. Living in Phoenix, I'm surrounded by Native American culture and influences, not to mention intriguing Hohokam petroglyphs and centuries-old canals. There are over 20 tribes in Arizona and I'm lucky to be neighbors to the Gila River and the Salt River Indian Communities.

When I'm not busy writing my next novel, I like to travel, visit museums, support local theater productions, hike, and pretend that I'm training for a triathlon. I post a lot of photos from my desert and mountain hikes on my Facebook and Twitter pages. In no particular order, I've been chased by javalinas, rattlesnakes, coyotes, and even one curious black bear.


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Blog Tour: More Than Music by Elizabeth Briggs

Saturday, May 24, 2014

More Than Music (Chasing The Dream #1)
Title: More Than Music (Chasing The Dream #1)
Author: Elizabeth Briggs
Date of Publication: June 17, 2014
Genre: contemporary NA romance

Music major Maddie Taylor seems to have her life all figured out. She’s just finished her junior year of college, has a summer internship lined up with the LA Philharmonic, and plans to go to grad school to write movie scores. Only her roommates know she practices guitar every night and secretly dreams of a louder life. But geeky girls like her don't get to be rock stars.

Tattooed singer Jared Cross has a new girl every week, but when he catches Maddie playing one of his songs, she attracts his attention in an unexpected way. His band needs a fourth member for The Sound, a reality TV show competition—and he wants her. Though Maddie refuses to be another notch on Jared’s bedpost, she agrees to risk everything for the chance to be a rock star.

Once on the show, Maddie discovers there’s more to Jared behind his flirty smile, and with each performance their attraction becomes impossible to ignore. When the show pressures Jared to flaunt his player image, they’re forced to keep their relationship secret, but Maddie can’t help but want something real.

As the competition heats up, Jared will do whatever it takes for his band to win, and Maddie must decide if following her dream is worth losing her heart.

Tour Details:

1. June 30 - July 4
2. Electronic review copies will be provided.
3. Multi-stop tour with reviews, excerpts, guest posts and interviews

Schedule

June 30

Imagine a World - Review + Excerpt
Book Freak - Review + Excerpt
Flyingsaucers 22 - Review

July 1

The Bookish Confections - Review + Excerpt
Letter Trails - Review
Mr. Book Wonder - Review
Fathomless Reveries - Review + Excerpt
Jen's Reading Obsession - Excerpt
El Extra├▒o Gato del Cuento - Excerpt

July 2

The Lovely Books - Review + Excerpt

Sexy Bibliophiles - Review + Excerpt

July 3

OldVictorianQuill - Review + Excerpt
Ramblings From This Chick - Review
My Book Inspired Ramblings - Review + Excerpt
Whitezinbookends - Review + Excerpt

The Shadow Realm - Excerpt
Kats Read - Review
YA Asylum - Review

July 4

Crawling Over The Pages - Review + Excerpt
My Book Addiction - Review
Clever Girls Read - Review + Excerpt
Writer For Misfits - Review
The Book Hookup - Review

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Blog Tour: Understudy by Cheyanne Young

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Understudy
Title: Understudy
Author: Cheyanne Young
Publisher: 336 Love
Date of Publication: February 14, 2014
Genre: contemporary YA romance

The high school play is in two months and senior Wren Barlow just became the director. Wren still isn't over the fact that she got stiffed as a stagehand instead of the lead role that she totally deserved. Now she is in charge of rehearsals, costumes, navigating around cast member hookups and managing the real life drama at home.

The principal counts on her to succeed because tickets have been sold and the money has been spent. But when he drops a gorgeous bad boy on her and wants him to help the play for extra credit, she falls hard for someone she knows she can't date. With everything spinning out of control, the mysterious and secretive detention king named Derek has a few tricks up his sleeve and wants to help—too bad Wren is scared to give him a chance to prove himself.

Schedule

June 23
Anette The Wicked - Review + Excerpt

June 24

The Shadow Realm - Review + Excerpt
The Escapist - Review
Deal Sharing Aunt - Spotlight

June 25

Jiha's file - Review

June 26


Reviewed the Book - Review + Excerpt
Closet Geeks and Slow Mo - Review + Excerpt

June 27


The Book Lover's Report - Review + Excerpt
Book Savvy - Review + Excerpt
The Phantom Paragrapher - Review
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{Blog Tour} Spotlight: Siren's Song by Heather McCollum

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Siren's Song
Title: Siren's Song
Author: Heather McCollum
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Date of Publication: March 25, 2014

Jule Welsh can sing. She enthralls people with her bel canto voice. But it takes more than practice to reach her level of exquisite song; it takes siren's blood running through her veins. Jule is starting her senior year at Cougar Creek High when her relatively normal world begins to resemble a roller coaster flying through a carnival scare house. Her mother is diagnosed as insane and committed, a psycho-stalker is snapping pictures of her to put into his homemade Jule-shrine, her voice is suddenly putting people into comatose trances, oh and the gorgeous new guy in town, Luke Whitmore, is interested in her . . . but also wants to kill her.

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Excerpt

“Hey.” I can’t just let him go when he is finally sort of talking. “Did you bring me dinner last night?” A blush heats up my neck into my cheeks.

He turns back with a smile. “You like mushrooms. My mom makes a killer lasagna.”

“So, you broke into my house, fed the dog, left dinner, and turned on the lights for me. I almost called the police.”

He leans back against the lockers and glances at the ceiling like he is beseeching heavenly help. “I want to…I /need/ to make sure you are…taken care of.”

My eyes narrow as I try to understand his words. “And /you/ have decided to take on the assignment? Why?”

A sad smile touches his mouth as his head rolls across the lockers so he can look at me again. “I believe I mentioned being obsessed.” His face suddenly seems tired, older somehow, like he has lived a long time and is tired of the whole thing, like he is hopeless.

About Heather McCollum

Heather McCollum is an award winning, historical paranormal romance writer. She earned her B.A. in Biology from the University of Maine, much to her English professor’s dismay. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Heart of Carolina Romance Writers and the Ruby Slipper Sisterhood of 2009 Golden Heart Finalists.

The ancient magic and lush beauty of Great Britain entranced Ms. McCollum’s heart and imagination when she visited there years ago. The country’s history and landscape have been a backdrop for her writing ever since. She currently resides with her very own Highland hero and three spirited children in the wilds of suburbia on the mid-Atlantic coast.

Trailer Reveal + Giveaway: Tease by Sophie Jordan

Tease (The Ivy Chronicles, #2)
Title: Tease (The Ivy Chronicles #2)
Author: Sophie Jordan
Publisher: William Morrow
Date of Publication: May 27, 2014

What happens when a girl who always calls the shots meets a guy who's too wild for even her?

A born flirt and good-time party girl, Emerson has never had a problem finding a willing guy. She's always chosen her hookups carefully, and she's never broken her three cardinal rules:

Never let them see the real you.
Never fall in love.
Always leave them begging for more.

Then Shaw comes along. A hottie from the wrong side of the tracks, he's immune to her flirtatious banter and come-hither smile. After rescuing her from a disastrous night at a biker bar, he doesn't even try to take her to bed—he calls her a tease and sends her home instead. Unable to resist a challenge, or forget the sexy, dark-eyed, bad-boy biker, she vows to bring him to his knees.

But instead of making Shaw beg, Emerson finds herself craving him. For the first time in her life, she's throwing out her rule book. Suddenly, she's the one panting for a guy she can't control—a guy who won't settle for anything less than the real Emerson and who forces her to do things she's never imagined, including facing a past she thought she'd buried.

A guy who just might leave her wanting more. . . .

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You can also get a preview (Chapters 1 to 6) for free on Amazon! And by presenting your proof of "purchase" here, you have the chance to win 1 of 3 awesome prizes!

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About Sophie Jordan

Sophie Jordan took her adolescent daydreaming one step further and penned her first historical romance in the back of her high school Spanish class. This passion led her to pursue a degree in English and History.

A brief stint in law school taught her that case law was not nearly as interesting as literature - teaching English seemed the natural recourse. After several years teaching high school students to love Antigone, Sophie resigned with the birth of her first child and decided it was time to pursue the long-held dream of writing.

In less than three years, her first book, Once Upon A Wedding Night, a 2006 Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Nominee for Best First Historical, hit book shelves. Her second novel, Too Wicked To Tame, released in March 2007 with a bang, landing on the USA Today Bestseller's List.

Spotlight + Giveaway: The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

You guys! One of my most anticipated YA contemporary romances is out today! Yes, THE ART OF LAINEY by Paula Stokes is out now! I'll be posting my review soon so watch out for that. But for now, you can now buy it and you can even win it below!

The Art of Lainey
Title: The Art of Lainey
Author: Paula Stokes
Publisher: HarperTeen
Date of Publication: May 20, 2014

Soccer star Lainey Mitchell is gearing up to spend an epic summer with her amazing boyfriend, Jason, when he suddenly breaks up with her—no reasons, no warning, and in public no less! Lainey is more than crushed, but with help from her friend Bianca, she resolves to do whatever it takes to get Jason back.

And that’s when the girls stumble across a copy of The Art of War. With just one glance, they're sure they can use the book to lure Jason back into Lainey’s arms. So Lainey channels her inner warlord, recruiting spies to gather intel and persuading her coworker Micah to pose as her new boyfriend to make Jason jealous. After a few "dates", it looks like her plan is going to work! But now her relationship with Micah is starting to feel like more than just a game.

What's a girl to do when what she wants is totally different from what she needs? How do you figure out the person you're meant to be with if you're still figuring out the person you're meant to be?

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About Paula Stokes

Paula Stokes is half writer, half RN, and totally thrilled to be part of the world of YA literature. She grew up in St. Louis, Missouri where she graduated from Washington University and the Goldfarb School of Nursing. When she's not writing, she's kayaking, hiking, reading, or seeking out new adventures in faraway lands.


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{Blog Tour} Review + Giveaway: All Lined Up by Cora Carmack

Monday, May 19, 2014

All Lined Up (Rusk University, #1)
Title: All Lined Up (Rusk University #1)
Author: Cora Carmack
Publisher: William Morrow
Date of Publication: May 13, 2014

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack follows up her trio of hits—Losing It, Faking It, and Finding It—with this thrilling first novel in an explosive series bursting with the Texas flavor, edge, and steamy romance of Friday Night Lights.

In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.

Dallas Cole loathes football. That's what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.

But life doesn't always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.

Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It's obliterated.

Dallas doesn't know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn't know that Dallas is his new coach's daughter.

And neither of them know how to walk away from the attraction they feel.

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Review

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Thank you to Kelly of InkSlinger PR, William Morrow and Edelweiss for the review copy. This in no way affected my views of the novel.

I initially rated ALL LINED UP with four stars but while trying to write this review, I couldn't pinpoint a reason why I'm being a Scrooge with my rating. So I went back and re-read most of the book and it is now very clear that this book deserves all of those five stars. Why? Check out my list!


Seven Things I Love About ALL LINED UP

1. Characters. For all the new adult novels I've read, I've been burned by so many heroines and/or heroes who grated on my nerves. Either that or they were stock characters I could very much spell out from the first page. But Dallas and Carson were different. Dallas is a dancer and a football coach's daughter. She never knew her mother. You'd think she'd be broken but she's not. She's shy but she also curses like a sailor and is brutally honest. She's a mixture of opposing characteristics and that's why I love her. She seems like a real person, not just a heroine written for this story. I can imagine that there is a Dallas out there. I think everyone who'll read ALL LINED UP will surely love her and relate to her in at least one way.

Then we have Carson. He's not smart and he knows it. He knows that football is the greatest path and career he can have. And so he's so focused on that. Trains and works out more than everybody else. Watches game film even if it's an easy day. So when Dallas comes into his life, he lets her in for a single night but then realizes she's gonna be a distraction. He tries not to fall for her (and she tries to do that as well) but I mean, come on, they're perfect for each other! Which brings me to my next point!

2. Romance. Dallas and Carson both decided that they don't want to date each other - Dallas swearing off all football players and Carson wanting to focus on him getting on the team. But they can't walk away from the attraction they feel towards each other. So what do they do? They remain friends. I know, right from the start, we know that this friendship-only will never last. But it was so enjoying to see them try to be platonic when they're obviously into each other. It also made for a great start to their future romantic relationship because they first started out as friends. And of course, right from Chapter 1, their chemistry is OFF-THE-CHARTS. Whew, fanning in here. Hot! But what I like even more about the romance in this story is that we're not promised a happily-ever-after when the novel ends. I am so looking forward to all the obstacles their relationship will face in an upcoming book (if ever there is one; THERE SHOULD BE ONE). I can't say that for most romance novels I've read so just, the gravity of this, you guys.

3. Family. Dallas doesn't have the best relationship with her father and she didn't know her mother. Coach Cole didn't even let Dallas audition for dance schools aside from Rusk, which put an even bigger wedge in their relationship. They obviously love each other but there's just too much unsaid and not shown - Dallas feels football always comes first with her dad and Coach Cole is afraid to let Dallas go - that they just don't have the best relationship all around. But every scene with Dallas and Coach Cole will just  grip your heart. You'll feel for them and you'll just want them to make up but watching the actual progress of their father-daughter relationship was even better to read.

4. Football. Football plays a large part in the set-up of ALL LINED UP and hallelujah because it actually shows! We get to read plays, practices and everything about football in here. Cora Carmack's knowledge of football really shone through in here (being an actual daughter of a football coach). She knows what she's writing and even though you don't know a thing about football (like me), you'll never get lost. I even got into the games so much. Fabulous.

5. College experience. ALL LINED UP isn't just about romance or football or the characters' growth. It actually delves into the full college experience as well. We see party scenes but then we also have our characters going to the library, doing their homework, attending classes, texting during classes, all of those. It was nice, super nice, to read about all these.

6. Career. Don't all college students (and post-grads) wonder what career they'll have? And if they'll even have a career. Everyone fears this. Which was so palpable in here. Dallas wants dance for her but with Rusk's subpar dance course, she's not challenged. She can't be the best version of herself if she's not pushing herself. Carson wants football to be his career but in order to do that, he needs to get into the team and then maybe, he can go pro. He never claimed that he'd go pro, he's just doing his best every single day in hopes that he might go pro. I love that. Don't we all normal people are just like that? I know I'm not the best at my field and I'm just doing everything I can in the hopes that someday, it's gonna sum up to what I need to get into whichever program I want.

7. Writing. Lastly, the writing. I admit that this is my first Cora Carmack book. I've started Losing It before but due to time constraints, I wasn't able to finish it just yet. People have been saying that this is Cora's best yet and while I can't really attest to that, I do admit that the way she wrote this book was so heartfelt. You'll feel for everyone. I even like the a-hole that is Silas Moore because he's dimensional. He can be a dick but where and when it counts, he's a good guy. You'll get what I mean about how you can feel every emotion, every dance move Dallas dances, every weight Carson lifts, when you read this novel.

ALL LINED UP is definitely so many levels above most contemporary new adult romances we have now. For one, the writing was impeccable, the characters all endearing and dimensional and the plot absolutely not a rehash. You'll just love EVERYTHING about this novel. There, I said it.

About Cora Carmack

Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.


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