COVER REVEAL: Carry Me Home by Jessica Therrien



Carry Me Home
Jessica Therrien
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: September 26th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Thriller, Young Adult

“A riveting page-turner… Jessica Therrien broke my heart into a million pieces — and then put it back together again. This book will haunt and uplift readers long after they turn the last page.”

-KAT ROSS, best-selling author of The Midnight Sea

CARRY ME HOME is a fictional novel inspired by the true story of a teenage girl’s involvement in several Mexican gangs in San Jose and Los Angeles. The members of her crew call her, Guera, Spanish for “white girl” and it doesn’t take long for her to get lost in their world of guns and drugs.

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Lucy and Ruth are country girls from a broken home. When they move to the city with their mother, leaving behind their family ranch and dead-beat father, Lucy unravels.

They run to their grandparents’ place, a trailer park mobile home in the barrio of San Jose. Lucy’s barrio friends have changed since her last visit. They’ve joined a gang called VC. They teach her to fight, to shank, to beat a person unconscious and play with guns. When things get too heavy, and lives are at stake, the three girls head for LA seeking a better life.

But trouble always follows Lucy. She befriends the wrong people, members of another gang, and every bad choice she makes drags the family into her dangerous world.

Told from three points of view, the story follows Lucy down the rabbit hole, along with her mother and sister as they sacrifice dreams and happiness, friendships and futures. Love is waiting for all of them in LA, but pursuing a life without Lucy could mean losing her forever.

Ultimately it’s their bond with each other that holds them together, in a true test of love, loss and survival.

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Author Bio:

Jessica Therrien is the author of the young adult paranormal fiction series Children of the Gods. Book one in the series, Oppression, became a Barnes & Noble best-seller shortly after its release.

Aside from her Children of the Gods series, Jessica’s work can also be found in a published collection of flash fiction stories called Campaigner Challenges 2011. Out of over 350 submissions her story, The Soulless, won first place for people’s choice and fourth place in the judging round of Rachael Harrie’s Writing Campaign Challenge. Her story, Saved, is also available as part of the anthology.

Jessica spent most of her life in the small town of Chilcoot, California, high up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. In this town of nearly 100 residents, with no street lights or grocery stores, there was little to do but find ways to be creative. Her mother, the local English teacher, inspired her to do all things artistic, and ultimately instilled in her a love for language.

In 2003, Jessica attended California State University Long Beach where her passion for language found her studying Chinese, and in 2005 she moved to Taiwan to study abroad. From 2005 to 2006 Jessica was fully immersed in the Chinese language as she attended National Taiwan University, and in 2008 she graduated from San Diego State University magna cum laude.

Jessica currently lives in Irvine with her husband and two sons. She is working on an adult novel and a children’s picture book.

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TBR: READ-O-RAMA Round 7

Hey, bookish people! It’s the summer vacation (but the rainy season here in the Philippines 😀 ) and it means I have more time to read. One of my summer favorites is that there are a lot of readathons around the corner! More readings, more new friends!

The first readathon I’ll be participating in this summer of 2017 is the Read-O-Rama Readathon Round 7 which is hosted by Chloe of @brunettebiblio, Elizabeth of @theowlerybooks, Alyssa of @puckspaperbacks, and April of @maydawn. I must say that Read-O-Rama is one of my favorite readathons because the hosts always think of cool, fun and sometimes really challenging challenges! Plus, the people participating in this readathon are so friendly. Hi, there Read-O-Rama people! ❤ ❤

This year’s Read-O-Rama is happening from 11th-17th June, and I’m most excited for the reading challenges! Below is the list of challenges and the books I will be reading for each challenge.

  • Read seven books (see list below for my 7 books)
  • Read a book with RAMA in the title

 

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The Half Life of Molly Pierce is about a seventeen-year-old girl who is forgetting bits and pieces of her life until now that she figures out why. This book is a psychological suspense mystery book. I can’t wait to read this because I love mysteries and Katrina Leno. 😉

  • Read a book with water on the cover
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The Percy Jackson series is a really famous story but I haven’t read it yet. I bought my nephew a copy but I borrowed it from him so I could read it during this readathon. I watched the movie and I loved it so I have high expectations on this book!

  • Read a short book (150 pages or less)
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January, the first book in the Calendar Girl series, by Audrey Carlan is about Mia whose father has a high debt due to gambling. To pay off for his father’s debt, she has to work as a high-priced escort to her aunt’s company. I found this randomly on Goodreads’ listopia because I badly wanted to read something new and underrated for this readathon.

  • Read a graphic novel
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I’m not really into graphic novels, so thank you so much to Read-O-Rama for opening up an opportunity for me to widen my reading preferences. 😀 I found this on Amazon while I’m looking for graphic novels that would catch my attention. I liked the synopsis so I sent it directly to my Kindle and I’m lucky that it’s free! 

  • Read a book you’ve been anticipating
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I’ve been hearing a lot of great things about Nicola Yoon’s books and I think it’s time for me to finally read her debut novel, Everything, Everything. It’s also a preparation for me for its movie which will be out here in the Philippines soon.

  • Read an #ownvoices book
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I’ve started reading this two years ago but I never got the chance to continue reading it. I think now’s the best time to continue. I will try to find a paperback copy because I’ll be reading it as an ebook only and I’ve been hearing amazing things about it so I guess it deserves to be read as a physical book. Hehe.

  • Read a book that was released in the summer of any year
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I currently have a Katrina Leno book hangover, after reading an advance copy of Everything All At Once, so I decided to put her two other books on my TBR this week. 

Those are all the seven books I’m excited to read this week for the Read-O-Rama! Are you also participating in this readathon? If yes, comment down the link to your TBR because I’m curious! Also, if you have read any book from my list above, please comment down also your thoughts because I’m curiouser and curiouser… 😉

 

 

REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: Everything All At Once by Katrina Leno

TITLE: Everything All At Once

AUTHOR: Katrina Leno

PUBLISHER: HarperCollins

PUBLICATION DATE: July 25, 2017

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From the author of The Half Life of Molly Pierce and The Lost & Found comes a magical new YA novel about 24 dares, 3 weeks, and taking a leap into the unknown.

Lottie Reeves has always struggled with anxiety, and when her beloved Aunt Helen dies, Lottie begins to fear that her own unexpected death might be waiting around every corner.

Aunt Helen wasn’t a typical aunt. She was the author of the best–selling Alvin Hatter series, about siblings who discover the elixir of immortality. Her writing inspired a generation of readers.

In her will, she leaves one last writing project—just for Lottie. It’s a series of letters, each containing mysterious instructions designed to push Lottie out of her comfort zone. Soon, Lottie’s trying some writing of her own, leaping off cliffs, and even falling for a boy she’s only just met. Then the letters reveal an extraordinary secret about the inspiration for the Alvin Hatter series. Lottie finds herself faced with an impossible choice, one that will force her to confront her greatest fear once and for all.

This gorgeous novel is perfect for fans of Jennifer Niven, with the scavenger hunt feel of Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes, and a dash of magic that evokes Tuck Everlasting.

(Read more for my review.)

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REVIEW: Fireworks by Katie Cotugno

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TITLE: Fireworks

AUTHOR: Katie Cotugno

PUBLISHER: HarperCollins

PUBLICATION DATE: April 18, 2017

GOODREADS’ SYNOPSIS:

From Katie Cotugno, bestselling author of 99 Days, comes Fireworks—about a girl who is competing with her best friend to become the new pop star of the moment—and all the drama and romance that comes with it—set in Orlando during the late-’90s boy-and-girl-band craze.

It was always meant to be Olivia. She was the talented one, the one who had been training to be a star her whole life. Her best friend, Dana, was the level-headed one, always on the sidelines, cheering her best friend along.

But everything changes when Dana tags along with Olivia to Orlando for the weekend, where superproducer Guy Monroe is holding auditions for a new singing group, and Dana is discovered too. Dana, who’s never sung more than Olivia’s backup. Dana, who wasn’t even looking for fame. Next thing she knows, she and Olivia are training to be pop stars, and Dana is falling for Alex, the earnest, endlessly talented boy who’s destined to be the next big thing.

It should be a dream come true, but as the days of grueling practice and constant competition take their toll, things between Olivia and Dana start to shift . . . and there’s only room at the top for one girl. For Olivia, it’s her chance at her dream. For Dana, it’s a chance to escape a future that seems to be closing in on her. And for these lifelong best friends, it’s the adventure of a lifetime—if they can make it through.

Set in evocative 1990s Orlando, New York Times bestselling author Katie Cotugno’s Fireworks brings to life the complexity of friendship, the excitement of first love, and the feeling of being on the verge of greatness.

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REVIEW: Just a Girl by Carrie Mesrobian

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TITLE: Just a Girl

AUTHOR: Carrie Mesrobian

PUBLISHER: HarperCollins

PUBLICATION DATE: March 28, 2017

GOODREADS’ SYNOPSIS:

Senior Rianne Hettrick-Wynne has had her share of hookups and parties in small-town Wereford, Minnesota. Now volleyball season is over and her once-solid friendships are unraveling, while an all-of-a-sudden relationship with Luke Pinsky is weirdly becoming serious. Add to that the possibility of getting kicked out of her house, and Rianne is desperate to make a plan that doesn’t include going to college or working at Planet Tan for the rest of her life.

At the same time, her divorced parents have started cohabiting again without any explanation, making Rianne wonder why they’re so intent on pointing out every bad choice she makes when they can’t even act like adults.

That’s not the only question she can’t answer: How is it that Sergei, a broken-English-speaking Russian who makes his own vodka, is the only one who seems to understand her? And why, when she has Luke, the most unattainable boy in Wereford, all to herself, does she want anything but?

Perhaps most confounding is the “easy girl” reputation that Rianne has gotten stuck with by doing the same things that guys do without judgment or consequence. If they’re just being guys, then why can’t Rianne just be a girl?

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TEASER TUESDAY: The Unseen by Jacob Devlin

The road trip with Peter Pan and his fairy tale friends’ children might be over, but the adventures are still continuing in book two of the Order of the Bell series by Jacob Devlin. Still separated from their families, Crescenzo DiLegno and his two best friends fight for their sanity and their lives in war-torn Wonderland. Meanwhile, their families and friends find themselves imprisoned at the mercy of a former ally. Here’s another sneak peek at what Jacob has in store for this book!

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“Sir,” Hook spoke, “do you know who we are? We hardly see reason to fear a group of grown men riding into town on a parade of ponies.”

The army snapped into a new formation, this time converging on the entire group. Hook began to sweat when the point of a spear scraped his stubble-spattered chin. “Okay,” he croaked. “You’ve made your point. Might I invoke parlay?”

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about the book:

Crescenzo and his friends may have survived their confounding journey to the enchanted realms of Florindale, but now they find themselves fighting for their sanity and lives while stuck on the other side of the very mirror they set out to destroy.

With their families trapped by a former ally with a crippling fear of the queen, Enzo, Rosana, and Zack must play a deadly game in Wonderland, where shadows are on the move, kings are at war, and one of them wants Rosana dead.

As darkness hovers over the world, the friends must lean on each other and stop the King of Hearts from following through on Avoria’s orders: Break them.

about the author

When Jacob Devlin was four years old, he would lounge around in Batman pajamas and make semi-autobiographical picture books about an adventurous python named Jake the Snake. Eventually, he traded his favorite blue crayon for a black pen, and he never put it down. When not reading or writing, Jacob loves practicing his Italian, watching stand-up comedy, going deaf at rock concerts, and geeking out at comic book conventions. He does most of these things in southern Arizona.
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SALE BLITZ: The Playboy’s Proposal by Ashlee Mallory

Forever might just be the one commitment he can’t
make.

THE PLAYBOY’S PROPOSAL

The Sorensen Family #3

Ashlee Mallory

Entangled Bliss

Doctor
Benny Sorensen has had it up to here with her party-throwing playboy
neighbor. She’s declaring war. She doesn’t care how gorgeous or charming he is,
he’s going down. That is until he proposes something she’s not sure she can say
no to…


Wealthy ad
man Henry Ellison lives an uncomplicated life that revolves around work, women,
and partying. In that order. Until Benny storms into his life. To placate his
attractive but hotheaded neighbor, Henry offers to help her land a date with
the man of her dreams. Only as Henry makes her over and coaches her on the fine
art of flirting, he realizes that the idea of this woman in any other man’s
arms but his own is unacceptable. 
But Benny’s a forever kind of girl and
forever might just be the one commitment he can’t make.


Each book in the Sorensen Family
series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.

Book #1 Her Backup
Boyfriend

Book #2 Her Accidental Husband

Book #3 The Playboy’s Proposal

Ashlee
Mallory is a USA Today Bestselling author of Contemporary Romance,
Romantic Suspense, and Thrillers. A recovering attorney, she currently resides
in Utah with her husband and two kids. She aspires to one day include running,
hiking and traveling to exotic destinations in her list of things she enjoys,
but currently settles for enjoying a good book and a glass of wine from the
comfort of her couch.