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WHEN REASON BREAKS Blog Tour

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WRB Cover13 Reasons Why meets the poetry of Emily Dickinson in this gripping debut novel perfect for fans of Sara Zarr or Jennifer Brown.

A Goth girl with an attitude problem, Elizabeth Davis must learn to control her anger before it destroys her. Emily Delgado appears to be a smart, sweet girl, with a normal life, but as depression clutches at her, she struggles to feel normal. Both girls are in Ms. Diaz’s English class, where they connect to the words of Emily Dickinson. Both are hovering on the edge of an emotional precipice. One of them will attempt suicide. And with Dickinson’s poetry as their guide, both girls must conquer their personal demons to ever be happy.

In an emotionally taut novel with a richly diverse cast of characters, readers will relish in the poetry of Emily Dickinson and be completely swept up in the turmoil of two girls grappling with demons beyond their control.

 

Music I Thought of When Reading When Reason Breaks

Adam’s Song by Blink 182

Long December by Counting Crows

Be OK by Ingrid Michaelson

What The World Needs Now Is Love by Dionne Warwick

If You Could Read My Mind by Gordon Lightfoot

The Sound of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel

Re: Stacks by Bon Iver

Hurt by Johnny Cash

The House That Built Me by Miranda Lambert

 

WHEN REASON BREAKS Blog Tour:

April 6th –> Write All the Words!

April 7th –> The YA Kitten

April 8th –> YA Romantics

April 9th –> Adventures of a Book Junkie

April 10th –>Itching for Books

April 13th –> Fic Fare

April 14th –> The Book Belles

April 15th –> Novel Ink

April 16th –> The Reading Nook Reviews

April 17th –> YAdult Review

Author Bio:

Cindy L. Rodriguez is a former newspaper reporter turned public school teacher. She now teaches as a reading specialist at a Connecticut middle school but previously worked for the Hartford Courant and the Boston Globe. She and her young daughter live in Plainville, Connecticut. This is her debut novel. Visit her on Twitter @RodriguezCindyL.

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Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby

17571215Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby
Release Date: April 21, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Edelewiss
Rating: starstarstarblank_starblank_star
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

When Quinn Sullivan meets the recipient of her boyfriend’s donated heart, the two form an unexpected connection.

After Quinn loses her boyfriend, Trent, in an accident their junior year, she reaches out to the recipients of his donated organs in hopes of picking up the pieces of her now-unrecognizable life. She hears back from some of them, but the person who received Trent’s heart has remained silent. The essence of a person, she has always believed, is in the heart. If she finds Trent’s, then maybe she can have peace once and for all.

Risking everything in order to finally lay her memories to rest, Quinn goes outside the system to track down nineteen-year-old Colton Thomas—a guy whose life has been forever changed by this priceless gift. But what starts as an accidental run-in quickly develops into more, sparking an undeniable attraction. She doesn’t want to give in to it—especially since he has no idea how they’re connected—but their time together has made Quinn feel alive again. No matter how hard she’s falling for Colton, each beat of his heart reminds her of all she’s lost…and all that remains at stake.– Goodreads

Review:

Things We Know By Heart is the story of Quinn a girl living a simple life that is forever changed when her boyfriend dies. When he dies, his parents decided to donate his organs and Quinn finds closure with that. She reaches out to the people and slowly she begins to find closure and feels like there is a chance that she will be able to move on.

Everyone but one moves out, Trent’s heart. She doesn’t know why he won’t reach out to her but what she does know is she effected, almost offended by the fact that they won’t write back. She slowly uses the internet to find out more about who got his heart and finds out that he lives close to her. While Quinn sets herself to meet him, just once to feel better, for closure. What she didn’t know was that their lives would stay intertwined far longer than she expected them to.

She slowly falls in love with Colton. She forgets how many days it’s been since Trent died, she starts to live again, and she’s lost and confused. This wasn’t supposed to happen. She was supposed to be with with Trent forever, or at least in those throws of guilt, right? But life didn’t work that way for her. In his own way Colton saves her from herself. I will be the first to admit that I hate saying that. I hate saying that, but he does! Just like she saves Colton from himself. He is dealing with the aftermath of heart surgery, and while he doesn’t tell her everything about his own past, she is keeping things from him, also.

There is a falling out between the two, I mean she is keeping a big secret from him. She’s keeping the fact that he has her dead boyfriend’s heart. He deserves to know that!!! And he of course does find out, during a painful moment for both of them. What I enjoyed though was that Kirby made it work. While many would have made it be cliched and drawn out, I enjoyed it. I enjoyed the characters, and the “background” characters also. Quinn’s family was amazing and full of so much love for Quinn.

I loved and adored Kirby’s previous release, Golden, it was one of my favorite books of 2013. Things We Know By Heart is a different type of a book. A quieter novel. I also enjoyed seeing that Kirby’s writing has continued to grow from where she started.

From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess (From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess #1) by Meg Cabot

22718809From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess (From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess #1) by Meg Cabot
Release Date: May 19, 2015
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Source: ARC provided by publisher. (THANKS!!!)
Rating: starstarstarblank_starblank_star (3.5)
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

In FROM THE NOTEBOOKS OF A MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCESS a new middle grade series, readers will see Genovia, this time through the illustrated diaries of a spunky new heroine, 12 year old Olivia Grace, who happens to be the long lost half-sister of Princess Mia Thermopolis – Goodreads

 

Review:

Part of my great Meg Cabot readathon this year was to prepare not only for the new Princess Diaries book, but the new spin off that involves Mia’s half sister. What I enjoyed right away was that I was pleased to find out that Olivia’s mom was not who I was expecting her to be! At the end of the last novel, Forever Princess, Mia’s father is infatuated with a woman, and I was silly to assume that was going to be Olivia’s mom. But! I also loved that, right from the beginning I was shocked, and I enjoyed that.

I also enjoyed Olivia as a character. She is not Mia. While she has the same struggles in school that Mia had, because those struggles are universal, her friends are different, her home life was completely different, Olivia stands on her own. Olivia lives in New Jersey with her aunt, her aunt’s husband and his two children. While she feels loved, she’s not sure that they actually love her. They tolerate her. They accept the money her mystery father sends once a month, but she feels so lonely at home. She knows she’s meant for more.

And she is meant for more! What she doesn’t know is that she’s meant to be a Princess! Of Genovia! With Princess Mia! The Princess everyone loves makes a guest appearance including an illustration by Olivia. While Mia never knew she had a half-sister, now that she’s aware of Olivia, she doesn’t plan on letting Olivia go. No matter what Olivia’s aunt says.

What I loved was how fiercely protective people were of Olivia, those who really loved her, including Mia and their father. While Olivia isn’t perfect, she is a realistic pre-teen. She overthinks, she worries, she wants to fit in and be loved. Universal themes that so many pre-teens and heck, even adults, worry about.

With use of her own illustrations, Cabot, starts a whole new series, in a universe that was already dear to so many people. I cannot wait to see where Olivia goes next.

The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

18660447The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West
Release Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: HaperTeen
Source: ALAMW2015
Rating: starstarstarstarstar (4.5)
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

When Gia Montgomery’s boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she’d been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend— two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.

The problem is that days after prom, it’s not the real Bradley she’s thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn’t even know. But tracking him down doesn’t mean they’re done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend’s graduation party — three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.

Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship. – Goodreads

Review:

While I’ve never hidden the fact that I love and adore Kasie West’s writing, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved this book. The Fill-In Boyfriend is the story of Gia, a high school senior, who seems to rule the school. Gia has a group of friends, people see her as being a perfect person, but really her life is anything but that. Minutes before senior prom starts, her boyfriend, Bradley, breaks up with her. Because one of her friends was convinced Bradley was fake, Gia cannot walk into prom alone. It would be the end of her world, or her high school universe at least.

Gia ends up asking the guy she finds in the parking lot to be Fill-In-Bradley (or FIB). She knows nothing about him but the fact that he agrees and goes with her. They end up having a “break” up at the prom so that Gia could continue on with her life and everything will be okay! Except it’s not. The girl that sits in front of Gia in government class is FIB sister, and she cannot stop thinking about fake-Bradley. She’s actually thinking about fake Bradley more than she is real Bradley. She actually doesn’t miss real Bradley at all. As much as she tries to see FIB again, his sister won’t assist her and she doesn’t know what to do.

Until, the moment his sister looks at her in government class and goes “I need you” and because Gia owes him a favor, she agrees to be his date to his ex-girlfriend’s graduation party. What Gia doesn’t expect is the sparks to fly and the two of them to become really good friends. The reason I keep calling fake-Bradley, FIB, is the fact there is a really cute scene involving Gia finding out his name, and I wouldn’t want to ruin that.

There is a lot that occurs throughout this novel. There is a plot that involves Gia’s brother, and the fact he does something that is extremely rude. There is her group of friends and how Gia treats them. There is the fact that this is a quiet novel that is very reminiscent of high school.

What I enjoyed more than the relationships in The Fill-In Boyfriend, was the fact that Gia had a lot of growth throughout this novel. From her relationship with the school, to her relationship with her brother, to ultimately her relationship with herself, by the end of the book I was so proud of the person she had become.

Kasie West continues to shine for me and I will read whatever she writes. Mostly because she writes with my tears.

Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover (The Rules of Scoundrels #4) by Sarah MacLean

17828895Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover (The Rules of Scoundrels #4) by Sarah MacLean
Release Date: November 25, 2014
Publisher: Blahblahblah
Source: Avon
Rating: starblank_starblank_starblank_starblank_star
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

She is the most powerful woman in Britain,
A queen of the London Underworld …
But no one can ever know.

He is the only man smart enough to uncover the truth,
Putting all she has at risk . . .
Including her heart.

The fourth book in New York Times bestselling author Sarah MacLean’s incredible Rule of Scoundrels/Fallen Angels series. These four dark heroes will steal the hearts of their heroines and the readers alike! This is the last in the Rules of Scoundrels series—Chase’s story

By day, she is Lady Georgiana, sister to a Duke, ruined before her first season in the worst kind of scandal. But the truth is far more shocking—in London’s darkest corners, she is Chase, the mysterious, unknown founder of the city’s most legendary gaming hell. For years, her double identity has gone undiscovered . . . until now.

Brilliant, driven, handsome-as-sin Duncan West is intrigued by the beautiful, ruined woman who is somehow connected to a world of darkness and sin. He knows she is more than she seems and he vows to uncover all of Georgiana’s secrets, laying bare her past, threatening her present, and risking all she holds dear . . . including her heart. – Goodreads

Review:

I love books that involve disguises and MacLean wrote the best type of disguise, or cover: Chase, a character we’ve heard about multiple times in the previous three novels in this series, is actually a woman. She’s a strong, snarky woman who enjoys rolling her eyes at her fellow partners in the Fallen Angel. I adored her as a character.

What is awesome about Georgiana is the fact that she has a huge amount of information on everyone in the town. Everyone participates in her gambling hall and therefore she has blackmail on everyone. While she could use any of this information to blackmail someone into marrying her, for her and her daughter. While Georgiana loves her daughter, it is the blemish on her perfect record and makes people look down upon her. But, Georgiana just wants her daughter,  Caroline, to have a chance at normalcy.

While Georgiana has built up this wall around herself, to be seen as a hardass, but inside she is an insecure person, who ultimately just wants to be unconditionally loved. Of course there is a lot to work through. The fact that not only Georgiana is Chase, but also Chase’s woman, Anna who is known in the Fallen Angel as being Chase’s woman. Of course she’s not and the reader knows that, but Duncan doesn’t, because while these two characters talk a lot. They do not talk about important things. There were multiple times that the book was set up for them to talk, to have that moment, but they refused to talk.

What kept coming between them was Chase and how Georgiana is under Chase’s thumb and how that made Duncan rage. While I adored Georgiana has a character, I mean, playing various people, including a man in the 19th century?! OF COURSE I ADORED HER. I did want to shake her because of the love of God woman..JUST TALK TO HIM. IT WON’T BE THAT BAD. But of course, that would make everything too easy, and I understand why they didn’t talk. I enjoyed the tension, but man did I just want them to talk.

I did enjoy the writing and how MacLean made the moments seem like I was there with them, and in pain when they were in pain. It was an enjoyable ending to the quartet.

The Unsung Hero (Troubleshooters #1) by Suzanne Brockmann

759125The Unsung Hero (Troubleshooters #1) by Suzanne Brockmann
Release Date: June 6, 2000
Publisher: Random House
Source: Audio from Library!
Rating: starstarstarblank_starblank_star
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

After a near-fatal head injury, navy SEAL lieutenant Tom Paoletti catches a terrifying glimpse of an international terrorist in his New England hometown. When he calls for help, the navy dismisses the danger as injury-induced imaginings. In a desperate, last-ditch effort to prevent disaster, Tom creates his own makeshift counterterrorist team, assembling his most loyal officers, two elderly war veterans, a couple of misfit teenagers, and Dr. Kelly Ashton–the sweet “girl next door” who has grown into a remarkable woman. The town’s infamous bad boy, Tom has always longed for Kelly. Now he has one final chance for happiness, one last chance to win her heart, and one desperate chance to save the day… – Goodreads

Review:

The prologue of this novel starts off with a bang, like literally. Tom Paoletti is in the middle of a terrorist attack and then ends up in a coma. While The Unsung Hero starts with a bang, the story is actually not that action packed. The real story is between Tom and Kelly, two people who loved each other decades ago and still love each other now and are trying to figure out how to survive.

The joys of listening to this as an audiobook is the fact that the multiple POVs were easy to notice and take note of. Usually when I read a book with multiple POVs, as soon as the second point-of-view occurs, I end up confused. What ends up to the confusion throughout this novel is the fact that along with Tom and Kelly’s story, plus Tom’s own story, the two of them have their grandfathers, whom are best friends, are dealing with a secret of their own.

There was a lot going on in The Unsung Hero and while I understand setting up a series, there is a lot going on in this first book. A lot to take in and make note of. In the first 14% of the book, we went through a major traumatic event, were set up for the fact the two main characters were once in love, and still love each other. We were also set up for the fact they grown apart but still have heart eyes for each other, and oh yeah their relatives were involved with some shady things during World War II.

In just the first 14% of the book.

After the mountain of information that Brockmann through at us, the reader, it was interesting to see how she would end up drawing out. While I understand why essentially two books were put together, it was still hard for awhile to get into this book because so much was happening, but finally it all clicked and I finally got into The Unsung Hero. All of those little pieces began to go together and I started to enjoy the book that Brockmann created.

The characters were real, and painful, and made mistakes that made you want to slap them a la Edna Mode from the Incredibles.

I am glad I stuck with this book, because I did almost DNF it, when it got confusing. But then, that moment that everything came together, and it was awesome. Kelly doesn’t tell Tom get away with anything, and Tom doesn’t let Kelly get away with anything. While they missed the moment when they were teens, they are no longer teens and that shows. Kelly also is blunt with Tom, the two of them constantly talk throughout this novel. While it is often at the wrong time, they still talk, and call each other on their bullshit and I loved it. It was a real relationship, even when one of them (Tom) didn’t want a relationship.  As much as they talk, they actually don’t talk about the most important aspect: the fact that they both love each other but refuse to tell the other.

While I found the beginning to be bogged down with information and it was a slow book to start, I ended up enjoying this series and would continue on with it!

Wild (The Ivy Chronicles #3) by Sophie Jordan

20958246Wild (The Ivy Chronicles #3)  by Sophie Jordan
Release Date: November 18, 2014.
Publisher: William Morrow
Source: Library
Rating: starstarblank_starblank_starblank_star
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

A good girl goes fabulously bad in the final book in New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s sexy New Adult romance series, in which three Ivy League suite-mates seek higher knowledge of just how far they can go.

Months after her boyfriend dumped her, Georgia can still hear the insults he hurled at her. Boring. Predictable. Tame. Tired of feeling bad, she’s ready to change her image, and go a little wild. What better way to prove her ex wrong than a hot night of sexual adventure at the secret campus kink club?

In the shadowy den of the kink club, she unexpectedly runs into Logan Mulvaney, her friend’s little brother. A player extraordinaire too hot for his own good, he may be younger, but the guy is light years ahead when it comes to sexual experience. Now he’s telling her to go home—“good girls” don’t belong here!

Georgia is tired of having others define her. She’s going to teach Logan a lesson he won’t forget—one white hot, mind-wrecking kiss . . . that leads to another . . . and another . . . and. . . . Realizing she’s way in over her head, Georgia runs.

Only Logan won’t let her go. Everywhere she goes he’s there, making her want every inch of him. Making her forget who she is. Who he is. And just how wrong they are for each other.– Goodreads

Review:

*sigh* I know that I stated I had problems with the first two books in the series, but I was fine completing the trilogy. I was happy to! And while I enjoyed Wild more then the previous first two books in the series, however, I still found aspects of it problematic. For example, 18 year old Hunter enjoys going to a sex club and is extremely popular in said sex club. I have no problem with sex clubs, I have no problems with people finding themselves, I have problems with Hunter almost being the head of the sex club and full of said confidence. I understand that Hunter had to grow up quickly; however, if Jordan would have aged him to be 20 or 21 it would have been more believeable.

Jordan still knows how to write sexy confident sex scenes, but, there was none of that confidence in other parts of this book. Georgia is extremely wishy-washy with how she treats Hunter, and there are a lot of loose ends throughout Wild that never got picked up again. From Georgia’s internship and the love of the guitar, to how she tried to convince everyone she was fine when she was anything but fine. My problem with this whole series has been the fact that while Jordan writes extremely amazing and sexy scenes, the quality of that writing doesn’t seem to carry through the novel.

I never felt that the characters were real, they felt extremely cardboard to me, and reminded me why I should not read NA books.


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