Cover Reveal: THE WONDER OF YOU by Harper Kincaid

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Today we are sharing the cover of THE WONDER OF YOU by Harper Kincaid. This is a modern-day, romantic re-telling of Alice in Wonderland. Check out the teasers and blurb below. Follow Harper’s newsletter for exclusive excerpts and giveaways.

 

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The Wonder of You by Harper Kincaid

Modern Alice in Wonderland Re-telling

Releasing February 13, 2018

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Synopsis:

What if Alice didn’t fall down the rabbit hole, but instead, traveled through
Lincoln Tunnel into another kind of Wonderland:
New York City.

The best day of twenty-five year old Alice Leighton’s life was the day she got to put her nothing special, lil Southern town in her rear-view mirror. Good-bye to phony ‘bless your hearts’ and ‘I’ll pray for you’ crap, all while talking trash behind her back. She’s New York City’s latest addition and she’s going to work her ass off proving she earned her spot in the country’s top grad program.
Never again will she let some jerk derail her future and break her heart. Oh, and no more players. She’s D.O.N.E with the ‘cool guys’.
Getting caught up in Dare Grangeworth, the art world’s resident bad boy, was not part of her Alice 2.0 plan, even if he is just her type, with his beard, tats sleeves and intense green eyes. When he’s not dodging the press or his cultish fan base, Dare’s making art that makes a statement. Women seem to lose their heads around him – all the more reason why he finds Alice’s candor refreshing. He’s used to women giving in – not giving attitude.
He has to get to know this girl, even if it means allowing himself to be the subject of her research. Before too long, he becomes more than a simple outlier she can explain away. And for him everything starts to feel larger than life and upside down, like a heady rush, all while desperately trying not to lose his heart.
Become lost and found in this re-imagined story of Alice and her cast of characters, in a world where Wonderland meets Sex-and-the-City.


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AUTHOR INFORMATION:

 

Born in California and raised in South Florida, Harper Kincaid has moved around like a gypsy with a bounty on her head ever since. For years, she was a jill of all trades and a master of none, but is now tickled hot pink to pen stories that break and mend people’s hearts for a living. Kincaid believes seduction occurs from the neck up, which is why her characters are smart, sexy, and slightly quirky – and definitely worthy to be your next hard-core book crush.

When not writing, she adores listening to indie, lo-fi, complaint rock played on vinyl, the theater, well-informed optimism, happy endings (both kinds), and making those close to her laugh ’til they snort. She is a self-admitted change junkie, loving new experiences and places, but has now happily settled in the cutest lil’ town, Vienna, Virginia.

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Review: Juliet Immortal

Juliet Immortal (Juliet Immortal, #1)

 

Sweet mother of pearl. What was this story. I will start by saying the cover ABSOLUTELY does not match the story. Not one bit. The cover makes the story seem like a heart breaking tale of the most famous teen lovers and how it was a lie. HA. This was more like zombie hunters, betrayals between the two, INSTALOVE, and other things that make no sense.

I liked the idea this story had. It gave a spin on Romeo and Juliet to where they just hate each other. Romeo betrayed Juliet and because of that the both of them are forced to spend their eternity making sure other soul mates are together. Not too bad but the execution of the plot was bad… really bad. Romeo was a jerk, no big stretch there. He and Juliet were always “reincarnated” into the bodies of two people in some random place and time. Alright… I’m still on board. His role was to keep the soul mates from getting together while Juliet’s role was to make sure they do. Yeaaahhh, now you are losing me.

Throughout the course of the story, it is very, very slowly explained what really happened before Romeo and Juliet killed themselves. Did it help the story? EHHH, not so much. There was so much back and forth in regards to what reality they were talking about that it gave me whiplash. Juliet was constantly hung up on finding out what happened back then that she kept losing focus on her current assignment. (yeah, insert eye roll here) What made it all truly unbearable was that Juliet had instalove with a present day guy. Are. You. Kidding. Me. GAHHH! WHYYYYYYY!? Instalove is never, ever, ever necessary. It is never believable and it makes me want to immediately DNF a book. I wish I had DNFd this one. It would have saved me a lot of headache. The author really tried to make me believe that Juliet had instafeelings and instalove for a boy she swore was the soul mate of the girl she was trying to find. That’s not a compelling plot twist, that’s just bad.

The thing that really sealed the fate of this book for me was the ending. Holy phoning it in, Batman. It was just downright dumb. It was another level of weaksauce that I didn’t know existed. What a full on dumpster fire of a story. I know this came out years ago and I’m late to the party per usual, but better late than never. I had been eyeing this at the store and now so happy to know I can leave it on their shelf instead of mine. If you see this one, make a hard pass. It is not worth your time. I believe this is the first book in a series and I assure you I won’t even consider reading the next book.

 

 

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Review: The Glass Spare

The Glass Spare (The Glass Spare, #1)

 

This book was one giant struggle. The premise is what drew me to the story but the execution fell horribly short. It was dull, lifeless, and too drawn out.

This was supposed to be a spin on the classic Midas tale – except it was someone’s touch that turned everyone and everything to gems. Just let that sink in for a moment. People turn into Emeralds and Rubies. It is a very interesting topic but that’s all it was… an underdeveloped thought.

I did not care for any of the characters within the story. I never connected to them and wondered how I could if I’m constantly told how they were feeling. Everything else within the story felt more told to me than expressed in a way that allowed me to be on the journey with the characters. None of it was organic. Will was just all around a badly developed character. She tried too hard to be something she wasn’t, constantly second guessed herself, and the back and forth was just tiring. On top of that, the way the characters interacted in general was eye rolling. It was all forced sarcasm. Not everyone can be that witty and sarcastic, nor should they. It was all well timed quips and snarky responses. I’m not going to get into the lack of developmental relationships between the MC and the rest of the characters. You get the point.

The world building very very lackluster at best. I couldn’t tell if this was supposed to have a fantasy-world feel or a steampunk feel because both were going on. There were some phrases used and items described throughout the story that felt far too modern to feel authentic to the setting. Call me crazy but if you want me to believe the time and place of a story, you need to do your best to make sure the verbiage used references what you are selling.

The other thing that really had me distancing myself from the story is how disconnected everyone was from their backstory. An example: if a character had a traumatic childhood, it should reflect in their current day behaviors in some way, shape, or form. That did not happen at all. One character was told have had such a traumatic childhood but acted perfectly fine. He never acted as if he was scarred. There was absolutely nothing to show us, as a reader, that he was broken. We were just supposed to believe it. Sorry, but that is not how a fantasy story – or any story – works.

I’m sure I’ve beaten this story into the ground enough. It’s no secret I had major problems with this one. Several times I thought about DNFing and wished I had. This was a test of my patience and I will not be continuing this series.

 

 

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Waiting on Wednesday: Everless

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

 

Everless by Sara Holland

Everless (Untitled #1)

 

 

From Goodreads:

In the land of Sempera, time is extracted from blood and used as payment. Jules Ember and her father were once servants at Everless, the wealthy Gerling family’s estate, but were cast out after of a fateful accident a decade ago. Now, Jules’s father is reaching his last hour, and she will do anything to save him. Desperate to earn time, she arrives at the palace as it prepares for a royal wedding, ready to begin her search into childhood secrets that she once believed to be no more than myths. As she uncovers lost truths, Jules spirals deeper into a past she hardly recognizes, and faces an ancient and dangerous foe who threatens her future and the future of time itself.

 

There’s a lot of hype around this book, is it on your TBR?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I Read in 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week they have a different theme for bloggers to post their top tens about, and this week I’m listing…

Best Books I Read in 2017

 

 

The Hate U Give (No surprise here!)

The Hate U Give

 

 

Dreamland Burning

Dreamland Burning

 

 

Defy the Stars

Defy the Stars (Constellation, #1)

 

 

Moxie

Moxie

 

 

Hunting Prince Dracula

Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #2)

 

 

Heart of Iron

Heart of Iron

 

 

Geekerella

Geekerella

 

 

What I Lost

What I Lost

 

 

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Guide, #1)

 

 

Follow Me Back

Follow Me Back (Follow Me Back, #1)

 

 

This was a tough post. It was so difficult for me to narrow this list down to just 10! What were some of your favorite reads of 2017? I’d love to hear!

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DNF Review: The Afterlife of Holly Chase

The Afterlife of Holly Chase

 

What in the ever loving heck was this book. Seriously. What was it? I love a good classic retelling but I’m sorry to say this was not one of those. I DNFd 20% into the story and it was a painful 1/5 of the book. I cannot imagine what the rest was like.

This is supposed to be a (loose?) retelling of Scrooge but it isn’t a version of the story I have ever heard of before. The protagonist, Holly, is the most shallow, self absorbed, bitch of a spoiled brat I have had the displeasure of reading. After she died in a freak accident, she was recruited to be a part of a Scrooge organization that helped people realize the error of the ways and redeem themselves. Holly was recruited to be the Ghost of Christmas Past? You need to go somewhere else and sell that because I’m not buying it. This girl had the personality of a wet bag. She was only interested in being a bitch to everyone around her because her father had money and she was never told No a day in her life. She talked like a stuck up valley girl, which is always a huge pet peeve of mine. She was already vapid enough, don’t make it worse by making her sound like the only things she had worth living for were good manicures and sushi. I don’t have time for that nonsense. The way she treated people in real life and in death was offensive. She yelled at her housekeeper for turning the heat on during a very cold day and you want me to cheer for this girl? Get out of my face with that noise.

I decided to DNF when, after a debrief of “Scrooge #(whatever)” Holly was introduced to the next “Scrooge”, Ethan, and she fell lust-over-heels instalove with him. He was just as shallow, spoiled, and rotten as Holly. That was when I threw in the towel. We all know if there is one thing I cannot stand in a book is instalove. This story had it in spades. You want me to believe that Holly suddenly had the holiday spirit and wanted to “do her job” after seeing a photo of a hot guy? Reference above note about the character being shallow and self-absorbed. I had no cares to give about what happened after that. Holly’s character was given a chance to make other people happy but she chose to be bitter to the core about it. That made her so much worse! I wanted nothing to do with her or her story so I quit. I have read more than enough books in my day to know when a story is up my alley or not. This is most certainly not one for me.

If you made it through this book, let me know. I wish I could have read it through your eyes. I wanted a feel good holiday story and I really thought this would hit the spot. BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Oh how wrong I was.

 

 

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Books Left Unread #104

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Books Left Unread

Welcome to my blog post where I talk about the books I have been meaning to read, but just have not yet. You know what I am talking about – the books that have remained unread for various reasons yet when you see them you think, “You know, I really need to read that.” Instead you get distracted by another book, series, or something in your TBR pile. It happens to the best of us. I want to spotlight those books in the hope that I can persuade myself to move them up on my TBR list.

This week’s post is dedicated to:

A Tyranny of Petticoats edited by Jessica Spotswood

A Tyranny of Petticoats (A Tyranny of Petticoats, #1)

 

This has been sitting on my shelf for a while now. I believe Jessica Spotswood has even signed it. So why haven’t I started? Possibly because anthologies are hit or miss for me. Have you read this one?

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