Saturday, April 19, 2014

Girl Lost: Teaser 3

Last week we brought you week two of the Girl Lost teasers... and there's more! You can catch last week's posted if you missed it, HERE. You can catch week one's teaser HERE
Girl Lost Summary:
Northern was supposed to be a fresh start—a place where people didn’t know who I was or how I had spent years in and out of mental institutes. People didn't know about my parents death or the island no one heard of. But when Peter sits next to me in lit class, I can’t stop the memories, and I don’t want to. He looks too much like the boy from the island, and despite my best intentions, coaxes my secrets from me.

He’s gorgeous, irresistible, a little mad, and completely lost—we are a pair of broken cogs in a world neither of us truly fits into. He is somehow gentle and fierce, heartbreaking in his devotion and savage in his defense.

When Belle, his best friend, shows up, pale and lovely and sick, Peter pulls away from me, a startling withdrawal. It’s a relationship that scares and confuses me. She is at times warm and friendly, and other times is violent and unpredictable.
Peter says that he wants me, but refuses to let himself get close. And there are secrets, surrounding both of us, that border on nightmares. As the memories close in, as Belle gets sicker and more violent, I’m torn between what is true and what I believe, and what this magical boy knows about my mysterious past.

Find an excerpt HERE

About the Author:
Nazarea Andrews is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. She loves chocolate and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, and overgrown dog.


Friday, April 18, 2014

Review: Imaginary Lines + Giveaway

Imaginary Lines by Allison Parr 

Imaginary Lines is a great read - especially for me, this time of the year, when I'm itching for football. The story follows Tamar and Abraham who've been in each other's lives for like, ever. Their families are each others families. They may as well be family. Tamar once professed her love to Abe in college, and they haven't spoken since.... until she lands a job where he's the big shot linebacker for one of NYC's finest Pro football teams. The trouble with Abe's job, is that Tamar's job is to report on Abe..and his team, because she's a sports reporter. I mean, there's just all sorts of problems that could arise from that. 

Luckily, this book didn't go through climaxes where they break up because the pressure is just too much, or whatever other crazy reason that characters tend to break up only to get back together, break up again..and get back together again like in some books. (I know you guys know what I mean). That doesn't happen here. Allison Parr is an amazing storyteller, in that, she keeps it very realistic. Very easy to see yourself standing in the same place with her characters and being their friends. The problems that arise (because inevitably problems DO have to arise), are realistic and make sense in the story. I can't say enough good things about this! It sucks to read a book and then the plot twist is just so outlandish that it ruins the story, you know? Allison is a master at plot twists.. and I'm a forever fan after reading her book.

Let me also say, that Allison touches on things that are real life problems in the book. It's not a book that's just like "oh let's have a love story." There are REAL LIFE issues in this book that can always use more time in the spotlight. I'm just absolutely floored and head over heals in love with Imaginary Lines and with Allison Parr. I hope you guys pick it up ASAP.  

On another note, I'll add that her main character, Tamar is hilarious. Her inner monologue had me laughing so hard...and I can always get behind a quirky character. So, Kudos Allison Parr, you've done an amazing job with this story - and you should be so proud of it.

Imaginary Lines Synopsis:

Tamar Rosenfeld has been in love with New York Leopards linebacker Abraham Krasner since they were twelve years old. She'd always considered it destiny that they'd end up together…until Abe was drafted and she professed her feelings in a moment of blind excitement. The sting of his rejection was like nothing she'd ever felt before, and it's nothing she'll ever forget.
 Older and wiser, Tamar has landed a dream job as a reporter for one of New York's premier athletic websites. Determined to stop being the safe, boring girl she's felt like for most of her life, Tamar makes a list of all the things she wants to do and see in her new city, and Getting Over Abraham is priority number one.
 But destiny has finally chosen to interfere. Just as Tamar's decided to move on, Abe's realized she's the only woman for him. When he confides the truth, Tamar has to decide if she can put her crush behind her, or take a chance on the very man who's been holding her back all these years.

Allison Parr Bio:
Allison Parr is the author of Rush Me, Running Back, and Imaginary Lines. She grew up in small town New England, where she developed an incurable case of wanderlust. After graduating with degrees in archaeology and creative writing, she spent the next several years living in San Francisco, Paris, Boston, and New York.  When she’s not traveling or writing, she’s making a mean chocolate cake or bad historical jokes. She’s also amassing enough books to rival the library in Beauty and the Beast.
To learn more about Allison’s books and travels, visit her at
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Football Friday. Week 3: Meet Stella + Giveaway

All Lined Up's Football Fridays: Meet Stella

If you've been under a rock, you've probably missed the last two week's worth of Football Fridays. If that's you, here's a recap: We will be doing Football Fridays every Friday leading up to the release of All Lined Up by Cora Carmack. 
Check these links to see who we've met so far!
  Week 2: Dallas Cole (Awkard Avenue). 
On to week three we go now that you're all caught up! 
This week we meet Stella Santos. BFF of Dallas Cole, and the living example of bad ideas gone good...or good ideas gone bad?
Stella Santos: Outgoing; 5 foot tall pixie; a foot shorter than Dallas; Exotic eyes; Short dark hair; Perfectly sculpted eyebrows; Olive skin; Pixie haircut; Unreadable; Asian ethnicity; Art major...... and a force to be reckoned with. 
Stella is everything Dallas isn't, in a good way. They balance each other out, keep each other in check. Stella's known for dragging Dallas out to a party when she'd rather be reading, while Dallas is known for making sure Stella doesn't show up hung over to her finals. Stella's loud, in charge, and she doesn't let people mess with her best friend. She's the first one to stand up for Dallas, and the last one to back down. 

Here's some of the teasers put together by our wonderful street team! 

Pretty much how I made it through college. I know I can't be alone.

Ain't that the truth?!

One of the things I love about Stella is that she's not afraid to speak her mind. She's also very different from most of the characters we read these days (YAY for diversity!). Plus, she's freaking killer gorgeous. 

I feel like this would be Stella's life motto:

I can't wait for you guys to see the awesome bond that Stella and Dallas share, as you join their journey that is freshman year at Rusk University

Make sure you check out what the other street teamers have to say about Stella! We all have different ideas and views on the characters, and it's so fun to see how everyone's spotlight turns out! 

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Book Review: Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

Grasshopper Jungle  
MY RATING: 4 out of 5 stars  

Sixteen-year-old Austin Szerba interweaves the story of his Polish legacy with the story of how he and his best friend , Robby, brought about the end of humanity and the rise of an army of unstoppable, six-foot tall praying mantises in small-town Iowa.

To make matters worse, Austin's hormones are totally oblivious; they don't care that the world is in utter chaos: Austin is in love with his girlfriend, Shann, but remains confused about his sexual orientation. He's stewing in a self-professed constant state of maximum horniness, directed at both Robby and Shann. Ultimately, it's up to Austin to save the world and propagate the species in this sci-fright journey of survival, sex, and the complex realities of the human condition. 

Seriously... WTF was this book? I bounced between a 4-star and a 5-star rating for about 12 hours. Mainly because this book was a lot to process, but not in a bad way. Andrew Smith is crazy. This book is crazy. The plot is crazy. The characters were extremely hormonal (they're teenagers - boys, at that!). I cannot begin to count how many times Smith used the word 'horny' while we were in Austin's, the main character, head! 

Emma Stone 

Anyway, this story follows the life of Austin Szerba and his confusion over his sexual orientation. That, to me, was the primary focus. He was in love with his girlfriend (since the 7th grade), Shann and also with his best friend, Robby. Through his trying to figure out his preferences, he and Robby accidentally unleashed a plague upon the small town of Ealing, IA. People become infected/infested with parasitic "stuffs" and mutant grasshoppers hatch from within their bodies. Gross, I know! 

This is definitely a weird adventure. And I don't use that term lightly. While the grasshopper part was interesting enough, I found myself more interested in Austin and his relationship struggles. He is a comical, though horny boy who likes to feel good and he always has sex on the brain. I laughed out loud at times, especially when he was telling stories about getting in trouble for reading specific books or when he and Robby were "experimenting". It felt awkward because it was, but it was also one of my favorite moments in the book. 

The characters DID fall a bit flat for me at time, while I really enjoyed Robby, I didn't come to learn too much about him. Shann -- I really knew nothing about her personally. Austin was the only one that I can say that I kind of knew the most, but that's because we were in his head the entire time. 

This time around, I feel that Smith focused on the weird, complex plot of mutant grasshoppers and Austin's sexual orientation experimenting. Not a bad thing, but I do kind of feel like something was sacrificed for the sake of the weird plot. 

With that being said, I enjoyed the book. I like how weird it was, I like Austin's confusion over Shann & Robby. While this book is primarily about a boy's adolescence and self-discovery, Smith threw in some Storm Trooper crap to make it more interesting. And it was absolutely more interesting. I 100% like "Winger" a lot better, but this one was not a bad read at all! 

But I was confused. A lot.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Divergent tops have arrived! (photos)

imageOnce again, we would like to thank you guys for the AMAZING success of GrownUpFangirl & OhTheBookFeels Divergent inspired t-shirts and hoodies!
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