Other Bookish Stuff, Swoony Saturdates

Swoony Saturdate: Michael Larsen

Oh, wow… this has been on my draft for a very long time, but I’m now only going to actually write something down.

I’ve been promising this entry for a very long time. But better late than never, right?

Mammmaaa mia… here we go again. Oh, sorry, I just want to share I’m a new Abba fan. Any fans out here??

Now, let me tell you about Michael, this week’s #SwoonySaturdate…

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Michael Larsen is the male MC in The Kiss Quotient, which you might have heard of because it just came out early last month but have been receiving a lot of buzz from contemporary romance book dragons!

So here I am today to give you just a few more great reasons why you should read The Kiss Quotient and meet not only the lovely Stella, but also her equally lovely half-Vietnamese beau, Michael.

And since the author herself compared Michael to Daniel Henney, I’m sure none of you will have any problem about the visual aids I’ll be using for this lesson 😉

  • See that teacup he’s holding? Well, he chose to stick with tea, because he’s not going to drink just so he can drive you home, and make sure you’re safe and sound. This one’s definitely a keeper.

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  • You know it’s not burger that tastes good, right? Okay, let’s take it from Stella’s account of the kissing lesson…

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Here’s just a little bit of taste:

His taste flooded her senses. Butterflies exploded in her stomach and sped through her veins. Her legs went weak, but his arms tightened around her, keeping her from falling.

He sucked on her bottom lip and laved the sensitized skin before taking her mouth again. The room began spinning, and she realized she’d forgotten to breathe.

Coming for air, she said, “Oh my God, you taste good.”

Forget food, right?

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  • Michael’s fashion sense is impeccable. He even tailors his own suits, and never fear, he can tailor you the perfect dress to match him, too!

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  • We have here an overachiever. Not wanting to fit the stereotypical six-pack abs, Michael has an eight-pack (Stella counted!! Since she’s a numbers person, I think we can just take her word for it… or maybe not? I’d like to see it for myself… just to make sure.)

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  • You can’t see it here obviously, but let me try and give you something to work on here. I’m talking about THE TATTOO, get your mind out of the gutter.

A dragon’s head, it’s mouth open in midroar, covered the entire left half of his wide, sculpted chest. The ink on his shoulder and arm formed one of the creature’s claws. The intricate scales of its body worked diagonally across his abs and disappeared inside his jeans.

But, why stop there, right? Well, now you can get creative.

  • He’s sculpted. Did I touch on this point yet? Hmmm… I can’t seem to quite remember.

  • Even without cologne, he smells really good. You’ll never want your own pillow again.

  • His fatal flaw, you ask? You won’t find it on his heel, but in his heart. He loves too much and gives up everything for the people he loves.

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I’m sure you’re sad, but this fun lesson has reached its end. But some lessons need to be reviewed over… and over… and over. I don’t think I can master this lesson at all.. can you?

Thank you! Or… should you thank me? 😉

So, give me your thoughts about Michael… I’ll give you a few ogling seconds before you have to answer!

Sincerely Peachy (1)

 

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Blog Tours, YA Contemporary, YA Fiction, YA Thriller

BLOG TOUR (+ review): Like Never and Always by Ann Aguirre

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Thursday already, huh? Well, today, I’m happy to bring to you a new release from just a couple of days ago! I’m super glad I am part of the blog tour for Like Never and Always – I have to say it’s one of those rare thriller reads that made me connect with the characters, instead of just caring about, “So what happens next?? Or who killed who?” So, hopefully, by the end of this post, I have convinced some of you to pick it up and read it – I’d love to chat about it!

Check out the previous stop over at Haunted by Books (how appropriate!!) and please click on banner above to see the full tour schedule.

Oh, and remember to scroll all the way down to enter the giveaway!!

And now… let me tell you more about it!


Synopsis: On a hot summer night, a screech of brakes and shattering glass changes two lives forever. Liv wakes in the hospital, confused when they call her Morgan. She assumes it’s a case of mistaken identity, yet when the bandages come off, it’s not her face in the mirror anymore. It’s her best friend Morgan’s. Morgan always seemed to have the perfect life, yet Liv must navigate endlessly disturbing secrets of the criminal and murderous variety—and a romance that feels like a betrayal. Torn between the boy she loved as Liv and the boy she’s grown to love as Morgan, Liv still has to survive Morgan’s last request.

Published July 17, 2018 by Tor Teen

Genre: YA Thriller, YA Contemporary, YA Romance

Themes: parenting, identity, supernatural, coming back from the dead, grief, coping with loss, support system, privilege of the wealthy, statutory rape, social status, reputation, true friends, romance, responsibility, mental health, rehabilitation, tragic accident, car accident, siblings, parental figures

Formats: Hardcover, ebook, audiobook

336 pages

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*As an Amazon Associate, I get a mini % of sales price every time you use my link to make a purchase. Thank you! ^_^

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Do monsters always know what they are?

Engrossing and fast-paced – Like Never & Always is just what I’m looking for in a contemporary thriller. Brimming with mystery, suspense, and excitement, it far surpassed my expectations, I enjoyed every moment of it, and the unique and exciting plot does not at all sacrifice great prose. I found myself rereading several sentences over because of their beauty and depth of meaning. Ann Aguirre is a master writer, not only hooking the reader with the plot, but also with her prose. I will definitely be checking out her other works, and will be on the lookout for her future ones!

Liv (trapped in Morgan’s body) is a very compelling narrator – far to be the self-centered and overly dramatic teen we’ve come to expect in YA contemporaries. She is caring and considerate, but also smart and strategic. I enjoyed that she was fierce and brave without being cruel, but she’s not too proud to show vulnerability. I loved how the author expertly wrote the parts when even Liv started to doubt her identity – was she really Liv? Or was she Morgan who was grieving so much about the loss of her best friend she couldn’t tell who she was anymore?

The plot centered on a supernatural soul-switching/body-switching theme achieved a perfect balance between being goosebumps-inducing, fascinating, and singular. Somehow, it managed to stay thrilling and suspenseful without reaching negative levels of creepy.

Speaking of creepy, the ARC I got actually have a much creepier cover – not sure if that made it to another edition of a final cover (I think it might be the Kindle edition cover?), but here, let me show ya!

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To add even more flavor to this already extremely enjoyable read, the romantic aspects of the plot is veeeryy much to my liking. I’m already a fan of the love triangle trope, but the version found in Like Never & Always add lots of spice. Initially, it sounds like the oh-so-common rivalry between brothers, but there’s more where that came from, and pretty soon, you realize there isn’t any chance for the other one at all. Our main love interest is very sexy and is quite the perfect male lead for this kind of story. He’s so swoonworthy, he might even be featured in one of my #SwoonySaturday posts… if only I get to writing those again..

Hmmm, what else do you want to know? I guess you’ll just have to read the book to find out yourself!


About the author

Ann

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Ann Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. She likes books, emo music, and action movies. She writes all kinds of genre fiction for adults and teens.

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GIVEAWAY

  • 1 winner will win a Kindle Oasis, US Only.
  • 5 winners will win a finished copy of LIKE NEVER AND ALWAYS, US Only.
  • Enter through Rafflecopter link
  • Good luck!

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you decided to check out Like Never and Always – it’s a really fun and thrilling read this summer!

P.S. Next stop is @ Eli to the nth – UGHHH, I want this blog name. And elisquared.com? Come on. Too cool. I’m such a nerd.

Do you like reading thrillers? What do you usually look for in a thrilling summer read?

Sincerely Peachy (1)

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WWW Wednesday 07/17/2018

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these…. did you miss me? I sure missed you all! I haven’t had time to browse your blogs as much as I used to. So I’d also like to take a brief moment to thank whoever takes the time to read my blog! THANK YOU! You don’t know how much it means to me.

And now… on to business!

What are you currently reading?

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Has anyone read Nyxia? It’s basically Hunger Games in space. It’s very good and one of my favorite YA scifis. I’m part of the blog tour of the upcoming sequel, Nyxia Unleashed so I would love it if you can stop by later this month – if you click to show the hidden header part of my blog, you can click on the banner there to see the full blog tour schedule 😉 I can tell you more about it, then!

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Love à la Mode is actually not out till late November, but it kind of reminded me of The Art of French Kissing so I requested an ARC and got one on the mail as a surprise! And so far, so good! It seems liked it’s going to be a very yummmmy book.

What did you recently finish reading?

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Absolutely LOVED this! I thought it wasn’t possible, but I loved Lauren Graham even more than Lorelai Gilmore ^_^ Technically, I didn’t read this – I listened to the audiobook on my way to work (new workplace – it now takes me around 45 min to 1hr!!!) Not sarcastically, I’m actually loving the commute, because I get to listen to audio books, and I end up a happier person – I start my day right and I end my work day right!

Anyway, I loved it so much, that I bought a physical copy so I may scan through it again, and I’ll have to look at all the pictures throughout. Whenever she read “see Photo…” I felt kind of left out, not being able to see it. Oh yeah, did I mention, Lauren Graham herself read the audio.

Who else loves Gilmore Girls???

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I was very impressed by Like Never and Always and am actually part of the blog tour and my stop is this coming Thursday….. so my lips are sealed till then!

What do you think you’ll read next?

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I’d like to read The Court Dancer before release next month, and I’m actually excited. Fingers crossed, I can get to it before then and post a review for you all.

And, that’s a wrap.

Thanks for reading! I’d love to check out your WWW posts, so make sure to leave your links down below!

What have you been up to, reading wise?

Sincerely Peachy (1)

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COVER REVEAL: King of Fools by Amanda Foody

Oh, hi there! So, apparently, I totally missed the memo about the cover reveal for Amanda Foody’s King of Fools – book 2 of The Shadow Game series, and immediately following one of my most impressive fantasy reads for the year (probably) – Ace of Shades. And speaking of… you can go head over to my review of Ace of Shades so we can fangirl together and we can both be excited and can voluntarily torture ourselves as we wait for King of Fools. 

Ummm… is it April yet? Oh right, 2018 isn’t even ooovvver yet. Right, we can’t skip Thanksgiving and Christmas!

Here’s the original cover reveal that was hosted by Sasha over on Instagram, so check out her feed – it’s stunnnnniing (for fans of Outlander‘s Jamie, you’ll see Sam Heughan featured on her feed ;)! ) Well… if that’s not encouragement enough, I don’t know what is.

I am honored to reveal to you the cover of KING OF FOOLS by @amandafoody!!! ISN’T IT A BEAUTY?! 🎲💙🎲 out April 30th, 2019! Here’s the description of Book 1, ACE OF SHADES: Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…and secrets hide in every shadow Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted. Frightened and alone, Enne has only one lead: the name Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems. Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless Mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city… And she’ll need to play. #KingOfFools #AmandaFoody #bookstagram #AceOfShades

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Back to the cover, I love the bluuuee, and of course, the pinstripe backdrop! I can totally see Levi wearing this kind of suit (ooohh, was that a double entendre?)

I AM SO EXCITED! 😀

P.S. Here’s a handy link for ya!

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What did YOU think of the cover?

Sincerely Peachy (1)

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COVER REVEAL: Kingdom of Ash – final installment in Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series!

Short Sunday post – also a little bit late! I had a pretty busy and fun weekend, so I saw this but only got to post it now. I thought some of you might have missed the announcement, too… so here is the complete lineup of the matching covers!!

Admittedly, I bought a copy of Tower of Dawn just after release date, but still haven’t gotten to it! I started it, and left off – but I think I’ll have to read it so I can get right to Kingdom of Ash when it comes out!

As for my thoughts on the cover, I’m glad they stuck to the theme – so now all the covers match perfectly! – and I think the gold looks beautiful. I don’t own any of them, because I just read library copies, but maybe I will buy the whole set if I ever want to reread them in the future (a very strong mayyyyybeee… since I can count on one hand the books I voluntarily reread..)

And since you might want them, here are some relevant links for your convenience 😉 Kingdom of Ash is out in October!

Goodreads

Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository

Now that’s taken care of, let’s chat!

Do you like SJM’s Throne of Glass series? What do you think of the cover for the final book? Are you excited??!

Sincerely Peachy (1)

 

 

 

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Who’s ready for The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy? SSSHHH, grab the ARC before the secret’s out ;)

Hey you! This will be a quick post.

I just wanted to share with you all that the ARC for The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats & Piracy (wow, that’s a mouthful!) is now out.

If you haven’t heard of it yet, it’s the sequel/companion novel to last year’s The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. Though I personally did not particularly love TGGTVAV, I certainly appreciated the badass Felicity, and at last, this one’s her story.

Not to make you any more impatient than you already are, here’s a link to the ARC!!!

Good luck, may the odds be ever in your favor, lovely reader! 

Sincerely Peachy (1)

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Blog Tours, YA Contemporary, YA Fiction, YA Romance

BLOG TOUR (+mini review): The Boyfriend Bracket by Kate Evangelista

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Happy the day after fourth of July! Hope no one’s too hungover? 😉

Well, I’m here today to bring you another blog tour post! Please click the banner above to check out the full tour schedule!

And don’t forget to scroll all the way down to enter the giveaway.

Synopsis: The only way to get over a hopeless crush is to find someone new…Enter: The Boyfriend Bracket! Putting a new spin on a classic trope, Kate Evangelista explores family bonds, changing relationships, and senior year as our heroine tries to get over her brother’s best friend.Stella has had a hopeless crush on Will, her older brother’s best friend FOREVER, but now that Cam and Will have graduated and are going off to college, this year is her chance to really strike out on her own. Without her overprotective brother and his sidekick around to distract her, she can focus on having all the typical high school experiences that she’s always dreamed of―starting with finding a boyfriend! With the help of her best friend, Franklin, she comes up with the perfect plan to have a boyfriend by Christmas: The Boyfriend Bracket. Or it seems like the perfect plan . . . right up until Will starts showing up again. How is she supposed to find the perfect boyfriend when none of her dates measure up to the one boy she can never have? The Boyfriend Bracket puts a new spin on a classic genre in a fun, unforgettable way.

Published June 19, 2018 by Swoon Reads

Genre: YA Contemporary, YA Romance

Themes: childhood crush, brother’s best friend, brother, fashion, bullying, mean girls, high school dances, college applications, the bro code, best friends, dating

Amazon* / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository / iBooks / Kobo

*As an Amazon Associate, I receive a mini % of sales price whenever you use my link to make a purchase!

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A few things I liked about The Boyfriend Bracket: 

  • Stella’s a Filipina, so that’s cool. I like the references here and there.
  • It’s nice seeing the different culture in play. Like how overprotective Cam is, Stella’s brother, of Stella – turned up a few more notches more than usual. And also how Stella doesn’t have to worry about paying for college because it’s common in the Philippines for parents to have planned for it.
  • I admire Stella’s passion for fashion. I like how she dreams big. She’s not just shooting for something good enough. She’s shooting for the big things. As Trump said, As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big. 
  • Franklin! I think I enjoyed Stella’s interactions with Franklin the most – their friendship is #GOALS. I love the Rapunzel scene at the tree house the best.

Franklin: Oh, Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair, so that I may climb thy golden stair.

Stella: Ah, handsome prince, sadly I have cut my hair. You must make do with the rickety stairs.


About the author

Kate

When Kate Evangelista was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn’t going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department of her university and never looked back. Today, she is a graduate of De La Salle University – Manila with an Bachelor of Arts in Literature. She taught high school English for three years and was an essay consultant for two. Currently she writes full time and is based in the Philippines.

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GIVEAWAY

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Tour-wide giveaway (US/CAN) – ends July 12!

Heeyyy there – you still sober? Well, I appreciate you reading this! Happy Thursday – hang in there, it’s almost Friday.

 

Have you read or are you planning to read The Boyfriend Bracket? 

How would you feel about dating your brother’s best friend?

Sincerely Peachy (1)

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