“Waiting on” Wednesday: Lucky in Love

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, created by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that book bloggers are looking forward to.

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Lucky in Love by Kasie West

Book description (from Goodreads) –

In this new contemporary from YA star Kasie West, a girl who wins the lottery learns that money can cause more problems than it solves, especially when love comes into the picture. Maddie doesn’t believe in luck. She’s all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment —

She wins!

In a flash, Maddie’s life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she’s talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun… until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now, Maddie isn’t sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming co-worker at the local zoo. Seth doesn’t seem aware of Maddie’s big news. And, for some reason, she doesn’t want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?

With tons of humor and heart, Kasie West delivers a million-dollar tale of winning, losing, and falling in love.

Published by:  Scholastic
Release date:  25th July 2017

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 I love contemporary novels and Lucky in Love sounds like a fun read.

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More information about Lucky in Love and author Kasie West:

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Tenth Anniversary Edition of Vampire Academy

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As many of you know, I am a huge Vampire Academy fan (Dimitri *swoon*) and as such, I am super excited about the Tenth Anniversary Edition of Vampire Academy being released late November.  Ten years – wow.  It seems like just yesterday that we were introduced to Rose, Dimitri, and Lissa. 🙂

The Tenth Anniversary Edition of Vampire Academy will feature the original novel – plus bonus stories, expanded scenes, and prequels all set during Vampire Academy.

Check out the new cover below:

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Vampire Academy Tenth Anniversary Edition (Vampire Academy #1) by Richelle Mead

Book description (from Richelle Mead’s website) –

Richelle Mead celebrates 10 years of Vampire Academy with an exclusive, never-before-seen collection of stories that sheds new light on the world and its players:

The Turn and the Flame takes a deeper look into the dark stain on the Ozera dynasty…

Hello My Name is Rose Hathaway tracks the shenanigans that ensue when Rose and Dimitri become unlikely teammates in a high-stakes scavenger hunt…

The Meeting gives us a glimpse of Rose Hathaway through Dimitri’s eyes…

From the Journal of Vasilisa Dragomir unearths the princess’s private thoughts from a transformative period of her life…

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires–the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a Dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.

After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, where vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be prepare for a life fraught with danger. Rose and Lissa must navigate their treacherous world and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever. But soon Rose finds herself gripped by temptation of forbidden love, leaving Lissa exposed to Strigoi attack. Now she must choose between the best friend she lives for, and the man she can’t live without….

Published by: Penguin Random House
Release date: 29th November 2016

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So excited for this book.

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More information about the Vampire Academy series and author Richelle Mead:

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If you would like an autographed copy of the Tenth Anniversary Edition of Vampire Academy or any of Richelle Mead’s books, check out the University Book Store website. 🙂  Also, check out point ten in this post, in which Richelle explains how to order an autograph copy from University Book Store (and they do ship internationally).

Review: Temptation

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Book description (from Goodreads) –

Your heart misleads you.

That’s what my friends and family say.

But I love Noah.
And he loves me.

We met and fell in love in the sleepy farming community of Meadowview, while we rode our horses together through the grassy fields and in those moments in each other’s arms.

It should be ROSE & NOAH forever, easy.

But it won’t be.

Because he’s Amish.

And I’m not.

Review

I love stories about forbidden romance – they just seem so romantic – and in Karen Ann Hopkins’ Temptation, the relationship between Rose and Noah is definitely forbidden. While there are sweet moments between Rose and Noah, I didn’t get swept away by their story. I feel that the reason for this is because there were several times while reading the novel that I found myself getting irritated and annoyed with Noah.

Noah is Amish and as such he has been raised in an Amish community with strong beliefs and opinions. Through no fault of his own – it’s just the way he has been raised – Noah also has many strong opinions about the English (as the Amish refer to anyone that is non-Amish). This is where my irritation with Noah lays – the fact that he doesn’t really make an effort to understand Rose’s world. Rose is trying to understand Noah’s lifestyle; she doesn’t understand the reasoning behind a lot of Noah’s Amish beliefs but she makes an effort to understand and take his feelings into consideration. I don’t feel that Noah extends Rose the same courtesy. He expects Rose to be the one to make all the sacrifices – to become Amish.

Their relationship moves very fast; they are just getting to know each other, but because of Noah’s Amish lifestyle they are already discussing marriage. Rose is such a sweet girl and she really does love Noah, but she has to make such serious decisions at such a young age and I don’t think that Noah truly understands how overwhelming it is for her.

I just feel that Noah is quite selfish. He can be – at times – quite the gentleman but his selfishness just over-rides all his gentlemanly qualities. It was just impossible for me to get swept away by the story as there were so many times while reading the novel that I wanted to shout at Noah.

I think the fact that I have such strong opinions about Noah means that author Karen Ann Hopkins did a wonderful job as a story-teller– she got me thinking, she made me feel. I also enjoyed that the story was told in both Noah and Rose’s points of view.

While I didn’t find myself getting swept away by Rose and Noah’s story or swooning over Noah, I will read the sequel because I find the story very intriguing. I just can’t see how a relationship between Noah and Rose is going to work. Will Rose become Amish? Will Noah become English? I’m just so curious as to what author Karen Ann Hopkins has planned for Noah and Rose.

3.5/5

*Thank you to Harlequin Teen Australia for providing me with a copy of Temptation to review.

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Published by:  Harlequin Teen Australia
Release date:  August 2012

Feature and Follow Friday #10

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Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly event hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read that allows bloggers to spread the word about their blog and gain new followers. Each week bloggers also answer a book related question. This week’s question is:

Hard print (real thing) or Kindle/Nook, which is your favourite? – Suggested by The Realm of Books

I  do like the convenience of e-readers/e-books but I love holding a hard print copy of a book in my hands.  Being able to turn paper pages of a book, put a bookmark between the pages, display books on a shelf – it can’t be beat.

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Which do you prefer – e-books or hard print?

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Happy #FF

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Author Guest Post: Vanessa Barneveld (Bonus Scene)

Hi all.  *waves hello*  Today, I am so excited to share with you a guest post written by Vanessa Barneveld, author of the novel This Is Your Afterlife.  Vanessa’s guest post features a bonus scene which she wrote especially for Treasured Tales for Young Adults.  A big thank you to Vanessa for her amazing guest post and to Sonia from Bloomsbury Australia for the opportunity to host Vanessa on my blog. 🙂

~ Happy Reading ~

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Guest Post

Alishia, thank you so much for inviting me to Treasured Tales for Young Adults! I’m excited to be here. I’ve written a bonus scene from my debut book, This Is Your Afterlife, especially for you and your readers.

First, a little background…

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Sixteen-year-old Keira Nolan has finally got what she wanted-the captain of the football team in her bedroom. Problem is he’s not in the flesh. He’s a ghost and she’s the only one who can see him.

Keira’s determined to do anything to find Jimmy’s killer. Even it if means teaming up with his prickly-yet-dangerously-attractive brother, Dan, also Keira’s ex-best-friend. Keira finds that her childish crush is fading, but her feelings for Dan are just starting to heat up, and as the story of Jimmy’s murder unfolds, anyone could be a suspect.

This Is Your Afterlife is told in Keira’s point of view, but this bonus scene shows Dan’s perspective. It takes place after his brother, Jimmy, vanishes from their tiny Northern California town.

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Bonus Scene

It’s only when a cramp seizes my palms that I realize I’m still gripping the wheel. I loosen my hands. Finger-shaped impressions linger on the leather, then disappear.

Gone. Just like Jimmy.

I slide down in the seat and stifle a yawn. A half-empty pretzel bag crunches under my thigh. I’d driven all night. Purposely at first. Then aimlessly toward dawn. I don’t remember driving through the school gates. All I know is the place was deserted at the time.

Now kids drift past my car in groups. Gossiping. Joking around. Do they care that my brother’s missing? Does anyone even know? Students herd toward the main entrance. Glass doors open wide and swallow them whole. I can’t follow them in there. Can’t sit in class like nothing happened.

I slap my cheek to wake myself up. Stubble grazes my hand. Five more minutes. That’s all I need, and then I’ll keep looking. I’ll find Jimmy before our folks get home from their vacation.

I glance at the dashboard clock.

I’m running out of time.

An ancient VW Bug rumbles to a stop nearby. It’s easy to pick out the driver, even from where I’m sitting. Keira Nolan. Can’t deal with her either.

At the same time, it’s hard to take my eyes off Keira. That’s always been my problem. The Bug shudders and coughs before dying. Keira sits with her head tilted to one side, in no hurry to get out. Her lips move. Is she singing along to the radio? Giving herself a pep talk?

She shakes her head, then nods emphatically. Oh, yeah, a pep talk.

When she does climb out, she flicks a glance my way. I duck further down. It’s stupid. I know she can’t see me through the window’s dark tint. So I sit up again, but by now she’s on her way to the main hall, gesticulating and nodding to herself.

A stiff breeze sprinkles pine needles over the car’s bonnet. The noise is slight, but enough to spark an idea in my head. An idea I can’t shake. I’d driven all the way to San Jose and back thinking maybe Jimmy had gone to our grandparents’ house for God knows what reason. I’d searched every street and alley in Halverston. But there’s one place I haven’t looked—Camberwell Forest. All fifty square miles of it.

I rev the engine and drive like my life—and Jimmy’s life—depends on it.

© 2014 Vanessa Barneveld

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Wasn’t that an awesome guest post.  Thanks, Vanessa.

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More information about This Is Your Afterlife and Vanessa Barneveld:

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