Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Weekend Update - 10.25.14

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So, since my end-of-the-week post isn't just about what I got in my mailbox or on my Kindle each week -- though that is a big part of it, I won't lie -- I decided to change up the title and intro a bit.  I might tweak the format a bit over the next few weeks, but for the most part, it'll contain the same stuff: stuff I got, stuff I did, and stuff that's coming up on the blog.  Plus, I get to use the awesome GIF you see here and blow kisses to all the people who sent me lovely books and bookish things.  Oh, and I've started linking up to Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga's Reviews since I'm not using a specific meme title anymore.  April's also doing her own Stacking the Shelves posts on Sundays.  Stop by and say hi!  =)

So, Texas Teen Book Festival was kind of awesome. Ransom Riggs walked right by me as I was heading to the sales tent, and I momentarily forgot the camera around my neck and how to form coherent words and instead simply stared in open-mouthed awe as he strode passed. It's funny to me that you can chat online with authors day in and day out, but when it comes to meeting them in person, you freeze up. Or is that just me? :P

I headed out on Friday afternoon to ATX with this suitcase full of books to be signed by #TTBF14 authors. I'm glad my husband wasn't home when I packed because he already thinks I have a problem. (Wait till he notices the other stack of books that I purchased at the festival!)

It was a whirlwind of a trip, but I'm glad I went. It was my first time taking a road trip by myself, so I was a little nervous, especially with my car acting up right before I left, but it all worked out. And my sis and I went to a few different places that neither of us had ever been to before while I was in town, including Punch Bowl Social and Sway. (I love Thai food.)

The festival was a bit different from what I was expecting. I thought it would be indoors -- and the panels were held in ballrooms/auditoriums -- but the signings were all out in the parking lot at the university. In humid 90° Texas heat. And at first, there weren't even tents for the authors. I felt bad for them, stuck in one spot like that for an hour or so at a time. But they added little tents over each author awhile later. Still, everyone else waiting in line wasn't so lucky. The line for the book sales tent alone took me an hour and a half to get through. And before you say, "Jen, why didn't you bring books from home or buy them prior to the event?", please know that there's kind of an honor system in place, that for every three books you bring from home, you're expected to buy one from The Book People since they're a major sponsor of the festival. It all would have been fine if we hadn't stayed up drinking and catching up the night before and had gotten our asses to the festival and in line when it first started. Oh, well. It was my first year to live and learn, right?

I only managed to catch the "Danger is My Middle Name" panel with Sarah J. Maas, Marie Lu, Garth Nix, and Joelle Charbonneau, but it was the one I was most excited for anyway. It was extremely adorable to see Sarah flail and fangirl over being on the panel with Garth. She even brought the copy of Sabriel she's had since she was twelve with her for him to sign!

I would also like to point out that at this point, Kat turns to me and says, "I want whoever does their author photos to take my picture from now on. Those pictures up there are great, but they look nothing like the actual people on stage." Lol. I paraphrased, but that was the gist of what she whispered. =)

I'm going to be honest. I got nervous and flustered a lot and totally forgot to take pictures. I posted a few on Instagram, but I wish I'd taken way more, especially when I was meeting the authors. But I still have the memories of bumbling and acting like a genuine idiot, so there's that. :) I hope I have the opportunity to attend next year, especially knowing what I do now. And maybe after another year of blogging and online interactions, I can come across as less of a crazy person. ;0)

Anyway, here's what I scored this week:

For Review:

The Start of You and Me by Emery Lord (ARC) - LovedlovedLOVED her debut, Open Road Summer, which April and I buddy-read and reviewed earlier this year. I hope we get the chance to do the same with this book!

Save Me by Jenny Elliott (ARC) - This book sounds like a lot of relationship drama, romantic and otherwise, but there seems to be a lot of mystery and intrigue leading to all that drama. I just hope it's not too angsty. :P

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray (finished copy) - I am so excited for another multiverse/parallel worlds book! I need more of these in my life. And I've heard good things about this book, which has me doubly excited. And if I'm not mistaken, it's my first book by this author.

The Body Electric

The Body Electric by Beth Revis (Netgalley) - I still need to read the last book in her sci-fi series, but I think this one is kind of supposed to be what's happening on Earth while Amy and Elder are travelling across the universe -- ha, see what I did there? -- and I love that it focuses on memory and seems like more of a psychological thriller. I can't wait to start it!

And I got these lovelies from Macmillan Kids. I can't wait to share these with Katie and then Aubrey & April so we can do another feature review with them! :)


Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater - I already read, loved, and reviewed this third book in The Raven Cycle, but I had to have a gorgeous, signed, doodled-in copy from Fountain Bookstore. I always pre-order Maggie's books from there, so all of mine match. :) My Maggie shelf will never be complete, but I do love to see it grow:

(Ugh. I had a whole rant typed up because Fountain Bookstore neglected to put the suite number on my address, so even though the package showed as delivered by the USPS on Thursday, it was floating around the building somewhere and no one seemed to have a clue where it is. Until Friday at 4:10pm. If I hadn't had to stay at work late thanks to my boss, I wouldn't have gotten it until Monday. Grr. So far, I've seen about a 75% failure rate with this bookstore. If it weren't for the fact that I really love my Maggie-doodled books, I'd cease doing business with them. I'm all for supporting independent bookstores, but not to the point that I'll suffer bad customer service.)

I also purchased a ton of books at the #TTBF14 but I'll have to show those off next week...I'm too lazy to pull them back off the shelves and photograph them right now. :P

So, that's my haul. How about you? What did you get this week?

The Week in Review:

Current Giveaways: 

ODAR Cover Reveal & Giveaway

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop

The Twixt Guided Tour Grand Prize

Promotional/Discussion Posts:  

Jen's Currently Reading/Listening To:

Burying Water (Burying Water, #1)Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin, #3)It's happening!!! I haven't been in a reading slump, per se, but I haven't exactly read anything truly enthralling in a little while. I know this will be the book to change all that. My sister's been recapping me on Dark Triumph while she reads it, so I'm ready for this book now.

I really enjoyed Tucker's Ten Tiny Breaths series, and I'm kinda going to miss it. I'm not sure this new book will help with the pain, since it seems like another emotional read, but I'm willing to try. :) The audio will probably make it even

Upcoming Reviews:

CompulsionBlack IceIn Her Wake (Ten Tiny Breaths, #0.5)Sublime

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Title: The Jewel
Author: Amy Ewing
Narrator(s): Erin Spencer
Series:  The Lone City, book #1
Length: 10 hrs 12 mins
Publisher: Harper Audio
Publication Date: September 2, 2014
Source: audiobook received from publisher, ARC received from publisher
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The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty—because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring.

Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel’s glittering facade: the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life.

Violet must accept the ugly realities of her existence... and try to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s petulant niece. Though his presence makes life in the Jewel a bit brighter, the consequences of their illicit relationship will cost them both more than they bargained for.

The Jewel already had a ton of strikes against it before I even picked it up, all rumored of course: the comparisons to The Selection, the insta-love, a potential love triangle, the fact that it's presented as yet another dystopian tale. It wasn't as bad as I was expecting, though I will admit that the first half nearly bored me to tears. The fact that I was listening to the audio was probably this story's saving grace. Well, that and that shocking ending...but I'll get to that.

From the onset, I understood the comparisons, as I myself was fighting some serious The Selection déjà vu. First off, the second I heard that her name was Violet Lasting and that she was named for the color of her eyes, my mind wandered to that scene in The Wizard of Oz where everyone's getting glamorized to meet The Wizard and Dorothy asks, "Can you even dye my eyes to match my gown?" And her siblings are similarly named, causing me to smack my head in disgust. Seriously, names are important. They shape a character as much as said character's actions do. Violet is a perfectly respectable name...just not when it also happens to be the shade of the character's eyes. It just seems so generic but also contrived...very reminiscent of one America Singer.

Violet wasn't nearly as intolerable and immature, though. Sure, she's pretty naïve, considering she's been groomed for this surrogacy thing since she was twelve, but she was also pretty sheltered, so I'll cut her some slack. She's kind of a speshul snowflake there for awhile, but she begins to really question the goings on of her mistress and the other ladies and duchesses who are all vying for their yet-to-be-conceived daughters to marry the future Exetor, and with the direction this first book took there at the end, I'm hoping she'll come into her own and prove herself worthy.

That romance, though, while not a love triangle of doom, was pretty angsty and probably one of the worst cases of insta-love I've seen in a long time. I kind of get it...she's been amongst girls in her same predicament all her life, with no contact with the outside world and no options for romance either. But that doesn't mean you fall for the first guy you meet, especially when he's a courtesan meant to teach your mistress's niece how to please her future husband. Okay, wait...she did meet Garnet first and thought him attractive, but she knew he was out of her league. Still, I don't think her second choice is much better. Also, I saw no signs of a love triangle in this first book, but that ending clearly paves the way for a potential triangle in the future. I wouldn't dismiss the idea entirely yet, anyway.

The ending of The Jewel also lends itself more to a dystopian story than the whole rest of the book. There were hints of a possible rebellion or at least those who wanted to change the surrogacy practice as it stands before, but that shocking ending really shows just how intricate and complex the rebel situation is. I'm kind of over dystopian novels for the time being, but I do like seeing a hierarchy such as the one in this book come toppling down. The aspect I liked best, however, is actually more of a fantasy element, and I kept wondering why the girls didn't use their Augurie magic to turn the tables on their mistresses.

The first half of this book was spent on world-building, on showing how the future surrogates lived and trained, how they were treated, etc. And it was utterly boring to me. I can't imagine that I would have actually finished this book, had it not been for the audio narration. First, THANK YOU HarperAudio for not drafting Amy Rubinate as narrator for The Jewel. She's a fabulous narrator, don't get me wrong, but she voiced America in The Selection series, and I just don't think I could have separated the two stories if I'd heard that same voice here. Erin Spencer did a phenomenal job of not making Violet sound too depressing while also conveying the earnestness of her situation and the total lack of control Violet had over her own life...and her potential womb.

This book was just so-so for me. I'm intrigued enough to continue the story, though. The things that will definitely have me coming back for the sequel: the narrator, another stunning cover, that surprising cliffhanger, and the magical elements. I think because of the second half of this first installment, I'll be able to go into the next book without all the preconceived notions I began this one with, and that's all a girl can really hope for.

GIF it to me straight:
Not great but not terrible...overall, a decent start to a new series...especially that ending!

About the author:

Amy Ewing is the young adult author of The Jewel, the first in a trilogy from HarperTeen, coming out September 2014.

She grew up in a small town outside Boston, where her librarian mother instilled a deep love of reading at a young age. Amy moved to New York City in 2000 to study theater at New York University. Unfortunately, her acting career didn’t quite pan out. She worked in restaurants, as an administrative assistant, a nanny, and a sales representative for a wine distributor before the lack of creativity in her life drove her to begin writing.

Amy received her MFA in Creative Writing for Children from The New School, where she was lucky enough to meet a fabulous community of YA writers who keep her sane on a daily basis. She lives in Harlem, where she spends her days writing, eating cheese, and occasionally binge watching The Vampire Diaries.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Review: Not in the Script by Amy Finnegan

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Title: Not in the Script
Author: Amy Finnegan
Series: If Only..., book #3
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Publication Date: October 7, 2014
Source: ARC received from publisher
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Millions of people witnessed Emma Taylor’s first kiss—a kiss that needed twelve takes and four camera angles to get right. After spending nearly all of her teen years performing on cue, Emma wonders if any part of her life is real anymore . . . particularly her relationships.

Jake Elliott’s face is on magazine ads around the world, but his lucrative modeling deals were a poor substitute for what he had to leave behind. Now acting is offering Jake everything he wants: close proximity to home; an opportunity to finally start school; and plenty of time with the smart and irresistible Emma Taylor . . . if she would just give him a chance.

When Jake takes Emma behind the scenes of his real life, she begins to see how genuine he is, but on-set relationships always end badly. Don’t they? Toss in Hollywood’s most notorious heartthrob and a resident diva who may or may not be as evil as she seems, and the production of Coyote Hills heats up in unexpected—and romantic—ways.

This novel in the deliciously fun If Only romance line proves that the best kinds of love stories don’t follow a script.

Not in the Script was kind of adorable. And I expected as much, having read the previous two novels in the IF ONLY series and finding them each decidedly cute. I'm never sure what to expect with a story based on movie star characters, though, whether the book will glorify Hollywood or whether the characters will be over-the-top and stereotypical. Lucky for me, Not in the Script felt genuine and though some of the characters did come off as obnoxious and over-bearing, those were the exceptions and not the rule for this book.

Emma is a rising star who has been burned several times in the dating department. So, for her next project, she's put love on the back burner in order to focus on her career and keep her name out of the tabloids. She tries, anyway. Somehow, the paparazzi are always there. And, of course, so is gorgeous former model-turned actor Jake Elliott. The two attempt to keep their relationship strictly platonic and focus on the show, but their chemistry is off the charts.

Though there are a lot of external factors complicating their relationship -- including but not limited to a former crush on her heartthrob of a co-star, the fact that Emma's BFF has had dibs on Jake "The Bod" Elliott since before Emma met him or even put a name to the face, and most importantly, Emma's desire not to date another co-star -- despite all of that, Emma and Jake's budding romance is really mature. They discuss all of the reasons they shouldn't be together, why it might not work out and what the repercussions could be. They also really get to know each other by hanging out platonically off of the set. Jake never pushes Emma for more, but he doesn't hesitate to let her know what he wants and that he's willing to wait until she's ready for that type of commitment. What they have is so genuine and scorching hot at the same's hard to believe they were able to deny themselves each other for as long as they did.

That heartthrob co-star does complicate matters further when he shows genuine interest in Emma, but I promise you, no legitimate love triangle develops. Actually, Brett reminded me a lot Reid in Tammara Webber's BETWEEN THE LINES series, and his character's role in this novel played out in much the same way. Even the budding actress/main character shares the same given name. I really enjoyed that series, so it's no surprise that I loved this novel so much. However, I think I liked this one just the tiniest bit more because it showed the more technical side of acting: all the time spent in the makeup chair, the drama on set and the director's reaction, the last minute changes to the script, etc. I think including those aspects made this book that much more realistic, and it's my favorite so far in what I'm now going to coin the "bringing Hollywood to the page" subgenre.

Pretty much, I really just liked Emma and Jake and what it took to get those two together. The side characters all seemed pretty one-dimensional and none of them really stand out in comparison. I'd kind of like to see their stories expanded on in subsequent novels, though, much like the series I've already compared this book to. However, I will say that I truly enjoyed how important family was to the main characters in this story. They both craved some kind of normalcy, and we all know how easy it is for family to knock you off your pedestal and bring you back down to earth. Emma's and Jake's family situations were completely different, but they were still similar in that this was what kept each of them grounded, made it so that they continued to pursue their dreams but did so with level heads.

Not in the Script was a clever, humorous read, and though the characters are out of high school and living on their own, nothing explicit or untoward happens, so it's still perfect for a YA audience. Labeling it as a new adult novel might change some opinions toward the book prematurely, but it's new adult in the way that Fangirl was new adult, if that makes sense. I liked how the author approached the growing-up situations and did so without becoming preachy or making a lesson out of the story. She let her characters make mistakes but expressed through them how easy those mistakes were to fix if one relied more on open communication. That's a biggie for me.

Actually, now that I think about it, Not in the Script wasn't kind of was unbelievably adorable. I pretty much wore a smile on my face the entire time I was reading. It was kind of light and fluffy, but while it wasn't silly, it also didn't deign to take itself too seriously. All in all, it was exactly my kind of read. The slow-burn of a romance itself is worth giving this book a try. Like Emma, you'll be caught off guard by Jake's genuine charm before you know it!

GIF it to me straight:
No, it's not in there...this kind of love can't be scripted! =)

About the author:

Amy Finnegan writes her own stories because she enjoys falling in love over and over again, and thinks everyone deserves a happy ending. She likes to travel the world—usually to locations where her favorite books take place—and owes her unquenchable thirst for reading to Jane Austen and J.K. Rowling. Her debut novel, NOT IN THE SCRIPT (Bloomsbury, Oct 2014), came about after hearing several years of behind-the-scenes stories from her industry veteran brother. She’s also been lucky enough to visit dozens of film sets and sit in on major productions such as Parks and Recreation and Parenthood.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Title: Rites of Passage
Author: Joy N. Hensley
Narrator(s): Khristine Hvam
Series:  n/a
Length: 10 hrs 28 mins
Publisher: Harper Audio
Publication Date: September 9, 2014
Source: audiobook received from publisher
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Sam McKenna’s never turned down a dare. And she's not going to start with the last one her brother gave her before he died.

So Sam joins the first-ever class of girls at the prestigious Denmark Military Academy. She’s expecting push-ups and long runs, rope climbing and mud-crawling. As a military brat, she can handle an obstacle course just as well as the boys. She's even expecting the hostility she gets from some of the cadets who don’t think girls belong there. What she’s not expecting is her fiery attraction to her drill sergeant. But dating is strictly forbidden and Sam won't risk her future, or the dare, on something so matter how much she wants him.

As Sam struggles to prove herself, she discovers that some of the boys don’t just want her gone—they will stop at nothing to drive her out. When their petty threats turn to brutal hazing, bleeding into every corner of her life, she realizes they are not acting alone. A decades-old secret society is alive and active… and determined to force her out. At any cost.

Now time's running short. Sam must decide who she can trust...and choosing the wrong person could have deadly consequences.

When I first saw this book pop up on Edelweiss, I passed on it. I saw my friends snagging it and I saw it mentioned on Goodreads again and again, and still I passed. I just didn't think this was going to be my kind of book. The cover did nothing to disprove that theory, either. I even think that the first time I read that summary, I was under the impression that the story was a dystopian, what with the mention of a secret society and such.

Boy, was I ever wrong. I should have guessed that it was more military-geared based on the cover, but even that alone wouldn't have piqued my interest the way all of the reviews from my fellow bloggers did. So, when I was offered a chance to review the audio for this novel, I jumped at the chance, especially when I realized that Khristine Hvam was the narrator. She's one of my very favorites, having narrated many, many of the audiobooks I've listened to over the last few years, and it would have to be one terrible story for me not to enjoy her portrayal. As it stands, I loved this book that much more because of Hvam's narration. I felt everything as Sam experienced it: the betrayals, the injustice, the pull toward Drill. I don't think I could love this story more because of her excellent performance.

I enjoyed the military aspect of this story, though it wasn't my favorite part. I actually considered going into the Air Force right out of high school, but school had already been so regimented for me that I decided I needed a break and a chance to be a normal teenager, at least for a little while. Sam, on the other hand, was raised in a military family. She ate, slept, and drank the military regimen from the time she could walk, and she's still doing it. After a family tragedy and a dare that she couldn't back down from, she's joining Denmark Military Academy as part of the first class to allow females into their program. And not many are happy about this development.

Sam is such a fierce, determined character, not badass in that she's perfect at everything she attempts. But every time she doesn't succeed or doesn't do her best, she picks herself back up and tries again. I think that's the sign of a true who doesn't have an easy go of it but continues just the same. That determination of Sam's instantly booted her to my list of favorite characters. Sam is constantly bombarded with reminders that very few people want her at the DMA and many will go to great lengths to see her fail or to get her to quit. She's pretty stiff competition for a lot of the male recruits, and that does nothing to help her situation.

But not everyone and not every recruit is against Sam. There are three other female recruits in the program, though the allusions to female solidarity that I've seen in some reviews kind of boggle my mind. These girls should have stuck together and rooted for each other's success, but instead, some are no-shows, some give up, some let the bullies win, and some join the other side. She did have one true female supporter along the way, and she was probably the most important to begin with. However, Sam has a few male friends in the academy, too, ones who understand unity and working as a company and not for their own advancement, and they make the experience slightly less taxing for Sam.

Rites of Passage is pretty brilliant. The author takes the military experience, feminism, and a secret society and meshes them to create this absolutely intriguing story. And then she goes and creates this totally swoon-worthy romance that is scorching hot, not because it's forbidden but because it's so genuine and the love interest has Sam's best interests at heart. He's not a bad boy. He's not a douche. He's just her Drill Sergeant, and he's not afraid of a strong female who's willing to prove herself, no matter what.

My only complaint about this book is that I think part of my copy was missing. I am usually a fan of an open ending, but after all these characters had suffered -- for their own dreams and for each other -- well, I just hoped for more of a resolution for them. Not necessarily a happy ending, mind you, but at least a real hint at what their future held.

Rites of Passage will go down as one of my very favorite debuts of 2014, one of my favorite audiobooks of the year, and probably the best representation of the military experience I've read to date.  I'm really hoping there will be a sequel or some kind of novella, at least, to provide a more resolute ending, but as it is, this is still one of the best books I've read all year. I absolutely loved this story. Many thanks to all the bloggers who reviewed it and pushed me to give it a chance!

GIF it to me straight:
Book, I salute you!

About the author:

Joy N. Hensley is a former middle school teacher. She used to spend her twenty-minute lunch breaks hosting author Skype chats for her students. Once upon a time she went to a military school on a dare. She lives in Virginia with her husband and two children, finding as many ways as she can to never do another push-up again.

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"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's WoW selections are...

's Pick:

Title: Crimson Bound
Author: Rosamund Hodge
Series: n/a
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: May 5th, 2015

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When Rachelle was fifteen she was good—apprenticed to her aunt and in training to protect her village from dark magic. But she was also reckless— straying from the forest path in search of a way to free her world from the threat of eternal darkness. After an illicit meeting goes dreadfully wrong, Rachelle is forced to make a terrible choice that binds her to the very evil she had hoped to defeat.

Three years later, Rachelle has given her life to serving the realm, fighting deadly creatures in an effort to atone. When the king orders her to guard his son Armand—the man she hates most—Rachelle forces Armand to help her find the legendary sword that might save their world. As the two become unexpected allies, they uncover far-reaching conspiracies, hidden magic, and a love that may be their undoing. In a palace built on unbelievable wealth and dangerous secrets, can Rachelle discover the truth and stop the fall of endless night?

Inspired by the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, Crimson Bound is an exhilarating tale of darkness, love, and redemption.

(This is a standalone novel, not part of the Cruel Beauty Universe.)

Earlier this year I listened to the audio for Cruel Beauty. I loved it! I'm surprised that this title isn't linked to that one at all, just based on the cover. The cover is beautiful, don't get me wrong, but the fact that it's so similar to Cruel Beauty... there will be readers who will assumed. Regardless, I think Hodge is an incredible writer and I'm excited to see how she retells Little Red Riding Hood.

's Pick:

Title: Things We Know By Heart
Author: Jessi Kirby
Series: n/a
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: April 21, 2015

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Quinn Sullivan lost the love of her life when her boyfriend, Trent, died in an accident their junior year. In an attempt to get closure, she reached out to the recipients of his donated organs. Though some answered her letters, the one Quinn feels matters most--the person who received Trent's heart--has been silent.

Nineteen-year-old Colton Thomas has spent the last several years in and out of hospitals waiting for a heart transplant. Now that he's finally received a new heart, Colton is regaining strength, and he's walking away from his bedridden past with no intention of looking back. He doesn't want to know about the person who had to die so that he could live. He only wants to move forward.

But Quinn can't let it go. Venturing outside the system to find Colton, Quinn takes a risk in hopes of finally laying her memories to rest. But what begins as an innocent conversation quickly becomes an attraction--and to make matters worse, Colton has no idea how they're connected. His zest for life pulls Quinn from her months of sorrow but leaves her torn between honesty and utter betrayal. Because no matter how hard she's falling for Colton, each beat of his heart reminds her of all she's lost.
I just love this simple yet adorable cover! And although this sounds like a Lurlene McDaniel book I read when I was a tween, I think I'll probably love this book much more because it's JESSI KIRBY!!! Her books always leave me with the feels and yet are uplifting at the same time.

What are you desperately waiting for this Wednesday? Let us know in the comments or share a link to your own WoW post!

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